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Pecan Chewies

Looking for a new recipe for bar cookies? How about trying this one for Pecan Chewies? They are buttery, chewy, simple to make, taste delicious, and the recipe makes two dozen… in hardly any time at all!Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make two dozen of these EASY, delicious, chewy, buttery bar cookies in no time at all!
I found this recipe on Pinterest (thanks to Stacey at Southern Bite) and decided to make a batch, using some of the Texas pecans my Mom orders for us each year.  These Pecan Chewies are just that… a little bit chewy, not overly sweet, wonderfully buttery and delicious! They’re also incredibly easy to make! Here’s how to whip up 2 dozen in no time at all:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Spray a 13×9 inch cake pan with some non-stick baking spray before beginning.  Melt butter, and add it to a large bowl. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, and mix it well by hand (no mixer needed!).  Add the beaten eggs, then the flour. Stir the dough really well, until all ingredients are incorporated into batter and no lumps remain.  Next… add in the chopped pecans and vanilla. Stir well, then evenly spread dough into prepared 13×9 inch baking pan.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake at 300 degrees F for between 40 and 50 minutes (oven temps vary).  Make sure to NOT over bake the bar cookies.  I checked mine at the 40 minute mark and they were done!  When done, remove pan to a wire rack and let the Pecan Chewies cool.  Once they are at room temperature, cut into 24 portions.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it! See how simple they were to make with only about 10 minutes work?  The bars all came out of the baking pan very easily, as well.  And they REALLY are good!  See those yummy chopped pecan pieces in them? YUM.

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Look… I even saved you one. Want a bite? I love that these bars are not overly sweet.  I “might” have even had one with my morning coffee this morning… heh heh heh! I think you will really enjoy these chewy bar cookies, and there’s certainly enough to share!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It’s always fun to try new recipes and I love it when I find a really GOOD one, like this! Speaking of good bar cookie recipes, you might want to check out my recipes for Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, Blackberry Pie Bars, Lemon Bars or my decadent and Best Brownies. I think you will LOVE them all!

Have a wonderful day, and remember… be KIND to those you cross paths with today!  They may really need someone like YOU to encourage them!

Pecan Chewies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: http://southernbite.com/pecan-chewies/

Pecan Chewies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 cubes) butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (light or dark-I used dark)
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • 2 cups self-rising flour (See NOTES for self-rising flour substitution)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a 13x9 inch cake pan (bottom and sides) with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Melt butter; add it to a large bowl. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar; mix well, by hand (no mixer needed!). Add beaten eggs, then the flour. Stir dough really well, until all ingredients are incorporated into batter and no lumps remain. Next add in the chopped pecans and vanilla extract. Stir well, then evenly spread dough into prepared 13x9 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake at 300 degrees for about 40 to 50 minutes (oven temps vary). Make sure NOT to over bake. I checked mine at the 40 minute mark and they were done! When done, remove pan to a wire rack and let the Pecan Chewies cool. Once at room temperature, cut into 24 portions. Serve, and enjoy!
Notes
If you do not have self-rising flour you can substitute 2 C all-purpose flour + 3 tsp. baking powder+1 tsp. salt.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

I love cheesecake. I love strawberries. I also love cheesecake with strawberry topping, so it stands to reason that I would also love homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream!Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Simple to prepare homemade ice cream... and it is delicious!
I love making homemade ice cream in my little electric ice cream maker that I received several years ago for my birthday. The kind I have is perfect for a quick batch… no ice cubes and no salt to freeze it. It just sits on my kitchen counter where I pour in the ice cream mixture and a little over 20 minutes later… boom… ice cream! It’s fun (and dangerous) to be able to make homemade ice cream… even when it might be snowing or pouring down rain outside.

This recipe is a really easy one that I first made one summer while experimenting with a LOT of ice cream recipes. For this recipe I added in the ingredients that I thought would make a great ice cream.  Did I mention that I ate all the different kinds of ice cream I made that summer? Well… SOMEONE had to do it.  Heh heh heh. This recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream tasted great, and is very simple to make. Here’s how:

Place cleaned, stemmed, cored and sliced fresh strawberries, sugar and lemon juice into a blender. Blend on high until mixture is pureed.  Add 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese (cut into chunks) to the liquid. Blend again until mixture is well pureed.

Transfer strawberry/cream cheese mixture to a large bowl.  Stir in whipping cream, milk, and vanilla extract, to fully combine.

Pour the ice cream mixture into the cannister of an ice cream machine. Freeze, per manufacturer instructions until done (my beloved machine takes just over 20 minutes to freeze to soft-serve consistency).  It’s ready to eat right then and there, but I suggest transferring ice cream to a freezable container with a lid, and freeze for 2-3 additional hours to firm ice cream up to a more “scoopable” consistency.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!That’s it!  When the ice cream’s done, grab a big ol’ scoop, plop down into the nearest chair and enjoy this delicious ice cream.  Sure hope you enjoy it… we sure do!

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1½ quarts
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, de-stemmed, cored, sliced
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in blender. Blend until mixture is smooth and pureed.
  2. Cut softened cream cheese into chunks and add to blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer fruit puree into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in whipping cream, milk and vanilla until blended.
  4. Pour ingredients into freezer cannister of ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer instructions (usually between 20 and 25 minutes).
  5. When done, transfer ice cream to a covered freezer container and place in freezer for 2-3 hours to firm up to a scoopable consistency.
  6. Serve, and enjoy!

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Piña Colada Ice Cream

Summertime is coming… blue skies, warm weather, evenings spent out on the back deck by the firepit… enjoying a dish of homemade Piña Colada Ice Cream! Oh boy – I can hardly wait!Piña Colada Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
We have had the wettest winter I can remember in a LONG time here in Oregon, and we are LONGING for sunshine and hot weather to finally make it’s appearance!  One of the traditions we have is to make homemade ice cream throughout the year… at least this Piña Colada Ice Cream makes it FEEL like summer, thanks to it’s coconut/pineapple tropical flavor!

The ice cream is very easy to make. Here’s how:  In a large mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, cream of coconut, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. (If desired, you can add 1/4 teaspoon of Rum extract, but it is not necessary).  Stir until combined.  Add coconut flakes and stir.  Pour this mixture into the canister of an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. (I use an electric indoor machine and it takes 20-25 minutes for soft serve consistency).  About 5 minutes BEFORE the ice cream is done, add drained crushed pineapple.

When ice cream is done, transfer it to a freezer safe container with a lid. Freeze an additional 3-4 hours until firm.  When it is ready to serve, garnish each scoop with toasted coconut flakes (see notes section of printable recipe for instructions on how to toast the coconut).

Piña Colada Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it! Enjoy a “taste of the tropics” any time of the year with this simple and delicious ice cream! Sure hope you enjoy it.

Piña Colada Ice Cream / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source:  Unknown. Copied recipe onto notebook paper many, many years ago, but did not write down the source. Oops.

Piña Colada Ice Cream
 
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Enjoy a taste of the tropics with this delicious homemade ice cream!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1½ quarts
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 1 can cream of coconut
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons pineapple juice (reserved from can of crushed pineapple)
  • ¼ teaspoon Rum extract (optional-not necessary)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ¾ cup canned crushed pineapple, drained (juice reserved)
  • ¼ cup TOASTED coconut flakes, for garnish (see Notes section for instructions)
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, cream of coconut, coconut milk, and pineapple juice. (you can also add ¼ teaspoon of Rum extract, if desired). Stir until combined. Add coconut flakes and stir to incorporate. Pour this mixture into canister of ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer instructions. About 5 minutes BEFORE the ice cream is done, add drained crushed pineapple.
  2. When ice cream is done, transfer it to a freezer safe container with a lid. Freeze for an additional 3-4 hours until firm. When it is ready to serve, garnish each scoop with toasted coconut flakes (see notes section of printable recipe for instructions on how to toast the coconut).
Notes
To toast coconut flakes for garnish: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread coconut evenly on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Check it every 5 minutes. Remove from oven when coconut is golden brown. Remove coconut from cookie sheet; let cool completely before garnishing ice cream.

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Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème

Decadent, rich, simple to prepare (in under 10 minutes!) and extremely delicious… those are the first words that come to mind when describing these Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème!Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I made this amazing dessert a couple weeks ago for a family get together… oh my goodness! Soooo good!   “Pots de Crème” is actually a French dessert “custard” that dates back to the 17th century. It’s name literally means “pots of cream”.  Let me tell you… it’s much thicker than pudding or mousse and is extremely rich (so rich I told my guests that  it would put hair on their chests!). It may be rich, but oh boy, it is DELICIOUS!

The preparation takes less than 10 minutes, which is an added benefit!  I’d been drooling over the recipe, originally posted on a favorite blogger’s website called “The Café Sucre Farine” (thecafesucrefarine.com), so I gave in and decided to make it!  If you’ve never checked out this website, I would encourage you to do so. Chris shares phenomenal recipes, and her husband Scott shares in the fun with his amazing photography work… it’s a wonderful, creative website for food lovers.

Anyways… the method to making these is to simply use a blender. Yep… that’s right! Ingredients are blended together, then poured into small dessert cups (the dessert is very rich, so small servings are the best!).  I also made a Bailey’s Irish Cream syrup which was drizzled onto the tops of the finished Pots de Creme, then they were garnished with whipped cream, a sprig of fresh mint (and dessert cookies!).  Easy and delicious… you’re gonna LOVE this dessert!  Here’s how to make it:

Before you begin, make sure you have your dessert dishes ready to go. Place them on a baking sheet. The dessert bowls I used (Libby Tasting Bowls) hold 4.25 ounces (just over 1/2 cup), so I ended up with 6 portions (I set out 8 cups but only needed 6).  The total amount of servings will depend on the size dish you use.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate chips, sugar, Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, an egg, and sea salt are placed into a blender.  The ingredients are pulsed several times, just to mix them up a bit (they will not be fully blended).

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Take out the center cap from the blender lid and place a funnel directly into the opening. Place lid back on blender (I took it off to take the photo).

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Into a large microwave safe bowl, pour the whipping cream.  Make sure to use a large bowl, because the cream will be microwaved, and will rise up as it heats.  I used a glass bowl so I could see to make sure the whipping cream didn’t bubble up and over the top of the bowl.  Heat the whipping cream in the microwave on high power for 2 to 2½ minutes, until the cream is really bubbling.  You can see from the photo below how high the cream rose in the bowl, and what the bubbling cream looked like when I took it out of microwave.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Turn blender on LOW and blend ingredients already in there for 15 seconds. SLOWLY pour the hot whipping cream through the funnel into the chocolate mixture while mixing on low.  Once you’ve added all the cream, put your hand over the top of the funnel (to cover), and turn the speed up to HIGH. Let the mixture blend on high for one minute.  When done, carefully pour the chocolate into the serving bowls. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The dessert is PERFECT to serve once chilled just as it is, BUT… if you want to kick it up a notch and make the Bailey’s Irish Cream Syrup to garnish the finished dessert, it can be made while the dessert is chilling.  It’s VERY SIMPLE to prepare, and added an extra pop of flavor to the finished dessert.  Irish Cream liqueur is poured into a little saucepan and brought to a boil on medium heat.  The liqueur is boiled and stirred for 2-3 minutes until it has reduced in volume and turned syrupy.  Remove from heat and let cool.  That’s it!  As the syrup cools down, it will thicken a little bit more. Let syrup cool to room temperature before serving.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I also decided to add some more calories fancy cookies to garnish the finished dessert, so I found these at our local grocery store… perfect!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When ready to serve, garnish each serving with whipped cream and a sprig of fresh mint, then drizzle a tiny bit of the Bailey’s syrup over the top, and insert a couple fancy cookies into the chocolate!  You can see in the picture below the Bailey’s syrup on top of the chocolate.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That, my friends, is how you make this incredible dessert, with very little effort or time involved, but with amazing results!  I made the dessert in the morning, then simply added the garnishes when ready to serve later that evening! Easy!

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sure hope you will consider making this wonderful, decadent chocolate dessert.  I will definitely be making this recipe again!  Have a wonderful day, and remember to show love, respect, and kindness to all you meet today. God Bless You.

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  https://thecafesucrefarine.com/2015/03/five-minute-irish-chocolate-pots-de-creme

Irish Chocolate Pots de Crème
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
For Pots de Crème:
  • 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (good quality)
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch of kosher or sea salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream (can substitute Half n' Half)
For Bailey's Irish Cream Syrup:
  • 6 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
For Garnish:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Cookies (optional)
  • Bailey's syrup
Directions
  1. Put small serving dishes onto a baking sheet before beginning.
  2. Put the chocolate chips, sugar, Bailey's Irish Cream, egg, and sea salt into a blender. Pulse the ingredients several times, just to mix them up a bit (they won't be fully blended). Take out the center cap from blender lid and place a funnel directly into the opening.
  3. Pour the whipping cream into a large microwave safe bowl. Use a large bowl, because the cream will be microwaved, and will rise up as it heats. (I used a glass bowl so I could see to make sure the whipping cream didn't bubble up and over the top of the bowl). Heat whipping cream in microwave on high power for 2 to 2½ minutes, until the cream is REALLY bubbling.
  4. Turn blender on LOW and blend ingredients for 15 seconds. SLOWLY pour the hot whipping cream through the funnel into the chocolate mixture while blending on LOW (the very hot cream will help cook the raw egg). Once you've added all the cream, put your hand over the top of the funnel (to cover), and turn speed up to HIGH. Let the mixture blend on high for one minute. When done, carefully pour the chocolate into the serving bowls. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
To Make The Bailey's syrup (optional):
  1. If you want Bailey's Irish Cream Syrup to garnish the finished dessert, it can be made while the desserts are chilling. Irish Cream liqueur is poured into a little saucepan, then brought up to a boil on medium heat. The liqueur is boiled for 2-3 minutes until it has reduced in volume and turned syrupy. Remove from heat and let cool. As the syrup cools, it will thicken a little bit more. Let syrup cool to room temperature before serving.
To serve:
  1. Garnish each of the chilled pots de crème with whipped cream, and a sprig of fresh mint, then drizzle a little bit of the Bailey's syrup over the top. Add a couple fancy cookies to the chocolate, if desired! Serve, and enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n’ Nut Cookies

I recently made a batch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n’ Nut Cookies using a recipe a dear friend gave me over 20 years ago. Soft peanut butter cookies filled with milk chocolate chips and chopped peanuts make these simple old-fashioned cookies a real taste treat!Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I slightly tweaked her delicious recipe to include chopped dry roasted peanuts to the mix (you can also use cocktail peanuts), and enjoy the extra little bit of crunch and peanut flavor the nuts bring to the cookie.  I made large cookies and the recipe yielded about 3½ dozen, but if you need a larger quantity, simply make the cookies smaller!

Here’s how easy the cookies are to prepare:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cream together room temperature butter, creamy peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and eggs until well combined.  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. Continue to beat on low, adding a little flour at a time, until all dough is fully mixed together.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Stir in milk chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. I used chopped dry roasted peanuts, but cocktail peanuts would be fine, as well.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

If making large cookies, drop the dough by heaping Tablespoons onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. If smaller cookies (with greater quantity) are desired, drop by rounded teaspoons.  Keep cookie dough about 2 inches apart as they will spread while baking.  I tried to shape each one into a circle shape by using my clean hands around the edges, then patted them down a bit on the top to flatten them just a bit.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I baked the large cookies at 375 degrees.  They take between 12 and 14 minutes to fully cook and turn slightly golden brown around edges. Smaller cookies will cook in about 9-10 minutes.  When done, remove cookies from oven; let them cool for 2-3 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it, except for taking a big old bite out of that cookie when you just can’t stand it anymore! While you’re at it, grab a cup of ice cold milk to wash this delicious treat down!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

That’s it!  A simple old-fashioned, delicious cookie to make for those you love.  I think they get better as they sit… they seem to get chewier the next day!  I set aside some of the dough, shaped it into 2 logs, then tightly wrapped each in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, and froze 2 packages of dough to use another time!  That way, when we have a craving for homemade cookies, all I have to do is cut,slice and bake a small batch of these yummy cookies!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

These really are delicious cookies, and I hope you enjoy them.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: Carla Merrill

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip n' Nut Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 3½ dozen
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups butter (room temp.)
  • 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped dry roasted peanuts (can substitute cocktail peanuts)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using electric mixer, cream softened butter, creamy peanut butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and eggs until well combined. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add flour mix to peanut butter mixture. Continue to beat on low, adding a little flour at a time, until ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Stir in milk chocolate chips and chopped peanuts.
  3. If making large sized cookies, drop dough by heaping Tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet (*small cookies, drop by teaspoonfuls). Keep cookie dough about 2 inches apart as they will spread while baking. Shape each cookie into a circle by using hands around the edges; pat down the top to flatten them slightly.
  4. Bake cookies at 375 degrees. Large cookies will take 12 -14 minutes to fully cook and turn slightly golden brown around edges. Smaller cookies will take about 9-10 minutes. When done, remove cookies from oven; let them rest for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Notes
The large cookies are about 3 inches in diameter. If you want to make smaller cookers (more quantity), just use rounded teaspoonfuls, instead of Tablespoonfuls of dough, and bake for less time.

 

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Mom’s Easy Chocolate Cake

When I was growing up, occasionally my Mom would sneak back into the kitchen after dinner (while we were watching TV or doing homework) and whip up a delicious chocolate cake from scratch for our family of 5 as a surprise.  We LOVED it! Today I want to share with you an old family favorite recipe for Mom’s Easy Chocolate Cake!Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Within a few minutes of the cake going into the oven, the smell coming out of our little kitchen would alert us to the surprise treat ahead for us! What a great memory!  We didn’t have a lot of money or a fancy home growing up, but my Mom sure could cook and make wonderful meals with items from our pantry.  I am grateful for the inspiration I have received from her, to this very day!

The cake is very simple to make… so is the easy frosting!  Instead of waiting for the cake to “cool down” after it was finished baking, Mom would poke holes in the cake when it came out of the oven, and pour/spread the creamy chocolate frosting all over the cake.  The frosting would drip down into the holes in the cake, so we had small tunnels of chocolate throughout our slices when we would eat it!  Oh boy… this is a GREAT tasting chocolate cake.  Here’s how to make it!

Cream together sugar, vegetable shortening and eggs, using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat well for 2-3 minutes.

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a separate large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add dry, sifted ingredients to the wet ingredients, along with 1 cup of buttermilk.  Once blended, slowly pour in 3/4 cup of boiling water, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend on low until batter is fully mixed together.  Pour batter into a greased and floured 9×13 baking pan, and distribute batter evenly.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean..

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While cake is baking, make up the frosting. Melt butter in saucepan on low heat.  Add cocoa powder and mix well with a spoon.  Add salt, vanilla, and milk; mix well.  Add powdered sugar. Mix until frosting is not too thick, but “pourable”. Add additional milk to thin… add additional powdered sugar to thicken, as needed.

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When cake is done, remove from oven.  Let cake rest for 2-3 minutes, then poke holes all over surface of cake every couple inches (I use a chopstick!).  Pour chocolate frosting over surface of cake, and spread to cover.

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
When finished, it should look like this.  The frosting will be fairly “fluid” since the cake is still hot, so continue to spread frosting over the holes as they “re-appear” (as the frosting oozes down into the cake, the holes on top surface will open up again).

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Let the frosting firm up and the cake cool down!  Once cake is at room temperature, you can slice and serve it up!  It’s as simple as that! (By the way… in this picture the frosting looks darker than in previous photo. Don’t know what’s up with that… it IS the very same cake!).

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I have such vivid memories of this classic treat from my childhood… must be where I got my love of cake, right?  Ha Ha!  Hope you will give this easy, simple and delicious recipe a try!  The cake and frosting taste fantastic!  Thanks, Mom!

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: My Mom

Mom's Easy Chocolate Cake
 
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Make this delicious chocolate cake and frosting from scratch in no time at all!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9x13 cake
Ingredients
For Cake:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For Chocolate Frosting:
  • ¾ cube butter
  • 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces powdered sugar (about ¾ of a one pound box)
  • ¼ to ½ cup milk (enough to make frosting pourable, but not too thin)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9x13 cake pan.
To Prepare Cake:
  1. Cream together sugar, vegetable shortening and eggs, using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat well for 2-3 minutes.
  2. In a separate large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add dry, sifted ingredients to the wet ingredients, along with 1 cup of buttermilk, and mix well on LOW speed.
  3. Once blended, slowly pour in ¾ cup of boiling water, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend on low until batter is fully mixed together. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x13 baking pan, and distribute batter evenly.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.
To Make Frosting:
  1. While cake is baking, make frosting. Melt butter in saucepan on low heat. Add cocoa powder and mix well with a spoon. Add salt, vanilla, and milk; mix well. Add powdered sugar. Mix until frosting is not too thick, but "pourable". Add additional milk to thin... add additional powdered sugar to thicken, as needed.
  2. When cake is done, remove from oven. Let rest for 2-3 minutes, then poke holes over surface of cake every couple inches (I use a chopstick!). Pour frosting over surface of cake, and spread to cover. Let cake cool to room temperature, then slice and serve!

 

 

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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza

Wouldn’t it be fun to receive an absolutely delicious Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza for a birthday surprise? I think it’s even more fun to GIVE one as a birthday surprise!Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I made the giant cookie pictured above as a birthday gift for a friend, placed it inside a pizza box, and hand delivered it right to their front doorstep (no tipping of the delivery driver necessary)!  It was fun honoring them in a unique way on their special day.

The cookie itself is very easy to make, and is baked on a traditional 12 inch pizza pan. Once baked and cooled, the pizza is then drizzled decoratively with semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate for the finishing touch. It really couldn’t be simpler, and once it is delivered in a pizza box, becomes a unique treat for a special friend or family member.  The cookie can be sliced into pie shaped wedges with a pizza cutter. Just remember… if your friend decides to eat the WHOLE cookie themself, they’re going to need a HUGE glass of milk!

Hope you try this recipe. It’s a fun and creative way to make a dessert cookie that actually serves between 10 and 12 people!  Make it a special occasion to remember!

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/06/27/chocolate-chip-cookie-pizza/

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza
 
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Make a delicious, pizza sized chocolate chip cookie for a special gift for that special someone!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10-14 servings
Ingredients
For Cookie Dough
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, room temp (1½ cubes)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, firmly packed (light or dark brown sugar is okay)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Decorative Drizzle:
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening, divided (1 for semi-sweet, 1 for white chocolate)
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
Directions
To Make Cookie:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a pizza pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt together. Set bowl aside.
  3. Cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium speed until well combined (about 2 minutes). Add egg; beat for 1 minute on high. Add vanilla extract, and beat well to combine.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Slowly mix on low until they are fully combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Place the dough onto prepared pizza pan. Use a rubber spatula or your clean fingers to spread and flatten out the thick dough until the dough just about reaches the edges of pan.
  6. Bake cookie for 22-25 minutes. When done, the cookie should be lightly browned on top. If you want crispy edges on the cookie, let it bake a couple minutes longer. When done, remove pan to a wire rack and let cookie cool (still on the pan).
To Make Decorative Drizzle:
  1. Place semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in two separate bowls. Add 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening to each bowl. Microwave each on high for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. If necessary, heat additional 15 seconds, then stir, until smooth. Do not over cook as the chocolate can burn. Drizzle the chocolate over the cooled cookie in a decorative pattern. Let chocolate firm up on pizza before wrapping as a gift or slicing. For packaging, place cookie on parchment paper (cut to fit) and place cookie "pizza" inside a clean pizza box.
Notes
Dough can be prepared ahead of time. Prepare dough as directed. Wrap dough in plastic wrap then cover with foil. May be stored 3 days in fridge or up to 3 months in freezer. If freezing, thaw dough in fridge before placing/spreading onto pizza pan.

 

 

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Butterscotch Chip Cookies

I recently experimented with a cookie recipe I found on Pinterest many months ago. These Butterscotch Chip Cookies were wonderful, especially with the addition of butterscotch chips to the recipe, which added even more flavor to these chewy, crispy, fabulous tasting treats!Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
These delicious cookies were so EASY to make, and they truly have a wonderful butterscotch flavor!  The recipe makes about 4½ dozen small cookies, but (as you will be able to see from my photos) I made them slightly larger than original recipe instructed, so my net yield was 28 cookies. Whether you choose to prepare large or small cookies, here’s how to make them:

Begin by browning the butter. To do this, place 1½ cubes of butter in a skillet. Melt butter using medium heat, until the butter melts, begins to bubble, froths up, then slightly browns (don’t let butter get too brown… just barely!). Once done, remove skillet from heat.

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add browned butter and brown sugar to a large mixer bowl. Beat these together on medium speed. Once mixed, let mixture sit for a couple minutes, stirring occasionally to let the mixture cool down a bit before adding other ingredients (don’t want mixture hot when you add eggs or they could begin to scramble… you really DON’T want that to happen, do you?).

Once mixture has cooled down a bit, add salt, eggs, and vanilla extract.  Mix well.

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

After this, STIR in the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Once mixed, add butterscotch chips and stir well to combine. Set aside.

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a separate small bowl, mix together brown sugar and granulated sugar, for topping.  Use a 1 Tablespoon sized scoop to scoop dough from bowl and roll dough between your clean hands to form a ball. (*Note: This is where I used a slightly larger scoop to make cookies larger. Process is still the same, though). Once dough is a ball, place it in brown sugar/granulated sugar topping. Roll dough around to cover completely with sugar topping.

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place topping covered balls of dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Keep the dough balls about 2 inches apart, as they spread a bit while baking. Bake cookies in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, remove baking sheet from oven. Let cookies rest for about a minute on baking sheet, then carefully remove cookies (with a spatula) to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Once cookies have cooled, they are good to go!  Enjoy the slight crunch on the outside!  I think they’re at their best once they have completely cooled (I know it’s hard to wait, but trust me on this!).  Once cooled, pile some on a plate, pour yourself a big old glass of milk… and dig in! They’re delicious!

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you enjoy these wonderful cookies! My husband was unexpectedly rushed to the ER and hospitalized earlier this week, and making these cookies ( a couple for us to try, and the rest for friends) helped take my mind off of everything that happened. He is doing okay now, and we are very grateful to God for his recovery and the additional medical care he is receiving.

Have a blessed day. Be kind.

Butterscotch Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: http://www.shugarysweets.com/2011/09/butterscotch-cookies

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Easy to make and delicious to eat, these crispy chewy cookies feature browned butter and butterscotch chips for a GREAT flavor!
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 4½ dozen
Ingredients
For cookie dough:
  • 1½ cubes butter (12 Tablespoons)
  • 1¾ cups brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
For topping:
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
Directions
  1. Place 1½ cubes of butter in a skillet. Melt butter on medium heat, until butter melts, begins to bubble, froths up, then slightly browns. Once done, remove skillet from heat.
  2. Add browned butter and brown sugar to large mixer bowl. Beat together on medium speed. Once mixed, let mixture sit for a couple minutes, stirring occasionally to let mixture cool down slightly, before adding other ingredients.
  3. Once cooled down a bit, add salt, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  4. STIR in flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Once mixed, add butterscotch chips; stir well to combine. Set aside.
  5. In a separate small bowl, mix brown sugar and granulated sugar for topping. Use a 1 Tablespoon sized scoop to scoop dough from bowl and roll dough between your clean hands to form a ball. (*Note: This is where I used a slightly larger scoop to make cookies larger. Process is still the same, though). Once dough is a ball, place it in brown sugar/granulated sugar topping. Roll dough around to cover completely with sugar topping.
  6. Place dough balls onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. Keep dough balls about 2 inches apart, as they spread a bit while baking. Bake cookies in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove baking sheet from oven; let cookies cool for a minute, then remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are a fun little snack during the holidays… or anytime, for that matter. Perfect for snacking OR giving to friends as a food gift… they are sure to make someone smile!Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I love these decadent little snacks… with a crunch and the taste of chocolate and peanut butter, they are perfect for serving at a party, or sitting in front of the TV watching a football game!  Best part… they are so easy to make! Here’s how:

Measure out the Chex cereal into a LARGE bowl. I used corn and rice for this recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a microwavable bowl on High for 1 minute. Remove and stir until creamy smooth. If necessary, microwave an additional 15 seconds, then stir until smooth. Do NOT overcook or chocolate will burn. Mine was smooth after first minute of cooking and stirring well.  Once totally smooth, add the vanilla extract. Stir.  Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal. Stir well, to fully coat all the cereal.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once all cereal has been coated with chocolate, place HALF the mixture into a separate clean LARGE bowl.  Add HALF the powdered sugar, and stir to fully coat.  When done, remove cereal to wax paper. Repeat process with other half of cereal and powdered sugar.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spread coated cereal out on wax paper and let cool completely.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Store Muddy Buddies in an airtight covered container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Try to stay out of them, cause they are ADDICTING!  It’s also fun to divide the mix up into fancy covered containers or jars and give this simple gift to friends over the holidays.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

If you’re looking for another recipe using Chex cereal I hope you will check out my Chex Mix Munchies!  They are another great snack, made in the microwave!

Have a wonderful day! I sincerely hope you can find time during this busy time of year to quietly reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. You are deeply loved by the One who created you, and sent His only Son to earth that first Christmas to draw us all back to Him.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook titled : “Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook”, Page 278, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Copyright 2010, General Mills.

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You and your family will love these powdered sugar dusted chocolate and peanut butter crispy snacks!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 9 cups
Ingredients
  • 9 cups Chex cereal (any variety- I used half corn and half rice)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
Directions
  1. Place the cereal into a large bowl. Set the bowl aside.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter into a microwaveable bowl. Cook this uncovered on the HIGH setting for 1 minute. Remove from microwave, and stir well. It is ready when all ingredients become smooth. If necessary, place back in microwave for15 additional seconds, then stir again until mixture is smooth.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into melted chocolate peanut butter mixture. Pour this mixture over the cereal. Stir well, until all is coated with chocolate. Once coated, pour HALF the cereal into a separate large clean bowl. Add HALF the powdered sugar. Stir well, until completely coated.
  4. Remove powdered sugar coated cereal to wax paper. Repeat process with other half of cereal and powdered sugar. Spread finished cereal on wax paper, until cool. This is the method I used.
  5. (Note: If desired, you can place all the cereal and powdered sugar in a 2 gallon plastic storage bag, and shake until covered).
  6. Store muddy buddies in a sealed, airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks

 

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Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing

A few years ago I enjoyed making this recipe for miniature Gingerbread Cakes With Cinnamon Icing to give to our neighbors and friends. Using miniature bundt pans (preferably a 12 cup pan), I was able to make two dozen of these delicious food gifts to give away!Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The recipe is simple to prepare, and as written, makes approximately 24 cute, mini bundt cakes.  Each individual sized gingerbread-flavored cake was covered with a delicious creamy Cinnamon icing (or glaze), drizzled with chocolate (to “fancy” them up), then garnished with a whole pecan and a mint sprig from my garden. When I made these, I doubled the amount of cinnamon icing, kept it fairly thick and covered more of the top of each cake.

Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I decided to leave the cinnamon icing off of several of the finished cakes, and chose, instead,  to cover the tops with whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon. They were delicious served this way, as well.

Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

It was fun to wrap up each individual cake (the ones with the cinnamon icing) and decorate them with pretty Fall leaves and ribbon. They were a nice gift to be able to share (from my kitchen) with our friends and neighbors.  The cake itself tastes wonderful… packed with gingerbread flavor!  Sure hope you will consider making these little edible gifts for those you love!  They would be perfect for the holidays!

Gingerbread Bundt Cakes With Cinnamon Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  http://thesepeasarehollow.blogspot.com/2010/10/gingerbread-bundts.html

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Miniature gingerbread bundt cakes with cinnamon icing is a perfect gift to give to friends and family during the holidays!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 mini cakes
Ingredients
For Gingerbread Cakes:
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ salt
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 cube unsalted butter (melted, then brought to room temp.)
  • ¾ cup dark molasses
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (large)
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk
For Cinnamon Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6-8 Tablespoons milk (depends on how thick or thin you want icing!)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • (OPTIONAL) Melted chocolate for drizzle, whole pecans and/or mint sprigs for garnish
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour the miniature bundt pan cups.
  2. Place flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cocoa powder, cinnamon and ginger in a medium sized bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Using an electric mixer or a stand mixer, combine molasses, granulated sugar and melted (but at room temperature) butter until blended well. Add the egg to this mixture, and continue beating until ingredients are completely combined.
  4. Slowly pour in the buttermilk, followed by the milk, beating slowly as you add, until ingredients are combined. Add the dry ingredients from the medium bowl (flour, spices, etc.) in small increments to the wet ingredients in mixing bowl, beating well after each addition. Be sure to scrape down the sides of bowl as you go. Stop mixing when ingredients have all been added and are just incorporated into batter.
  5. Pour or spoon batter into each prepared bundt pan cup, filling each to ¾ of the way full. Smooth the top of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees, with the pan on the middle rack of oven, for approx. 30 minutes, OR until a toothpick that is inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove pan to a wire rack. Let cakes cool for 15-20 minutes, then remove cakes from pan to wire rack.
  6. To prepare icing: Place the powdered sugar, cinnamon and milk in medium sized bowl. Mix well with a fork until smooth. Too thin? Add powdered sugar. Too thick? Add milk. Pour or spread icing over tops of each cooled cake. Let icing firm up before serving.
  7. If desired, drizzle melted chocolate over each cake. Garnish with a whole pecan or walnut, then add a sprig of mint for a festive garnish. Let chocolate firm up before serving or wrapping. Enjoy!

 

 

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