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Giant Molasses Cookies Recipe

Giant Molasses Cookies Recipe

My family always requests these soft and deliciously chewy cookies. The cookies are also great for shipping as holiday gifts or to troops overseas. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup coarse sugar

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in pecans.
  • 2. Shape into 2-in. balls and roll in coarse sugar. Place 2-1/2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 13-15 minutes or until tops are cracked. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 310 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein

Reviews for Giant Molasses Cookies

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babynurse007
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2016

"Absolutely perfect cookies! I make them exactly according to the recipe and they are everyones favorite!"

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Piney34
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2016

"Fabulous cookies. Turned out beautiful, and delicious. Followed the directions exactly."

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jamnjulz
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2015

"Made these cookies in an attempt to mimic a local restaurant's fantastic cookies. I think this recipe topped them! My husband says, "I think the flavor is even better!" The only change I made was using a vegan buttery spread since we are dairy free. These were really good. I may attempt to add some baking powder next time to see if I can create a cakier cookie. My husband is very high maintenance;)"

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Hatashley
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Loved this recipe. Made them exactly to the recipe and they turned out great"

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ryan0705
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"I used 2 tsp cinnamon. I used an Amish molasses that was first run.

It's kinda like a mixture of molasses and honey tasting. For a stronger
molasses flavor use second run or what's called Black Strap which is
the strongest molasses I think you can get. May have to look at a farm
store or a Amish store. If you really want a strong molasses taste."

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tsuop
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015 Edited Nov. 7, 2015

"These are sooo good!! My Mother gave me this recipe 40 years ago. I make mine a little smaller & bake 10 min, that way I can eat 2 without feeling guilty : ))"

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lukesmommy15229
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"Love molasses cookies! Adding pecans sounds wonderful."

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Lee Mary Lou
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"This cookie is delicious! Stays soft and moist for days."

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Bakeoffgirl
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"I did not care for this cookie at all. I felt it was lacking in the robust flavor that you usually connect to a molasses cookie. I think it could have used a little more molasses and some dark brown sugar to give it what the cookie was lacking. I also did not care for the texture. It seemed a little too cakey too me, even when I baked it for less time than suggested."

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Lankiai
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"These cookies are FABULOUS! I have made them several times and they turn out perfectly soft and chewy each time. I bake them a minute or 2 less then suggested which makes them perfect! The dough freezes well too so you can make some now and have the dough to make more later."

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vicki_j
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"What a perfect molasses cookie recipe! Follow recipe exactly, use only blackstrap molasses (NOT sorghum molasses), don't add flour (supposed to be soft and sticky), use double scoop of dough for each cookie, use baking SODA not powder, roll in sugar, don't over-bake (test oven temp w/thermometer if your cookies are hard), and you will have great cookies!"

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ZunigaQ
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

"Also added 1/2 c flour."

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johnnybear
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"really good...i added about a half cup flour too.. i sifted dry ingredients.. and add tesp of black pepper .."

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ejohnson9
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"Good taste, but I was expecting the cookies to be the color of the molasses but they were more like the color of ginger. I don't know what I did wrong, but they just didn't look right to me."

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madigon2
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014 Edited Dec. 6, 2014

"Easy to make. After reading comments about sticky dough and spreading, I made a double batch and added one extra egg and an extra 1/2 c flour (roughly 1/2 cup, just till it is very thick and beginning to lose stickiness). I refrigerated the dough overnight which helps keep the cookie from spreading. My dough was very stiff after refrigerating. My end result was perfect. I baked the till the bottoms started to show brown. They were crispy on the outside and chewy inside. They freeze well. This recipe is a keeper!"

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redcow
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"Very flavorful. My complaint is that the dough is so sticky. I had a very hard time shaping balls. I added at least 1/2 cup more flour, too. I will chill the dough overnight the next time. I made the cookies a little smaller. First tray I baked at recommended temperature and cookies were too hard. More chewy if baking time is cut back. Will make again."

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Coloradoeyes
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2014

"The taste is wonderful. My cookies came out flat (not thick, like in the photo). Does anyone have any suggestions? (Obviously, it's me, because most of the other reviews said their cookies looked just like the photo.)"

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northerncook2
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"these are awesome, will definitely make again,"

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catlovesbooks
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"These were delicious and they were indeed giant!"

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nhfletch
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"Yummy!"

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lollyx8x
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"KarlaM make sure you are using butter not margarine. Margarine makes cookies spread and butter makes them light and fluffy."

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hwi2001
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"A little nervous about using so much ginger and molasses but I did it anyway and have to say these cookies came out pretty well. However, they're a little on the sweet side and although I didn't notice at first, there's a bit of a spicy hot aftertaste, which I'm assuming is from all that ginger. I used a smaller cookie scoop so these were not giant cookies, just normal size. I also added a bit more cinnamon by accident for a total of about 2 tsps. These cookies are plenty sweet without rolling them in coarse sugar. The smaller cookies still took 15 minutes to bake at 350 and came out nice and chewy with cracks on the top just like the picture shows. Using the smaller scoop gave me a little over 6 dozen cookies. I'll definitely make these again but just cut back on the ginger and sugar a bit."

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plumcupcake77
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"They turned out great! Just like my mom used to make. So addicting!

I will be making these again.....SOON"

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Raygina
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

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KarlaM202
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Have a second batch as I type this ! Kicked up the spice to suit our taste. Would give them 5 stars but they are not coming out thick like shown. Otherwise, the are really good ! wondering if I adjust the baking temp they will stay puffy? I have put dough in fridge to chill while the batch in the oven cooks hoping this will make the difference !"

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jenlozier
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Just made these cookies and they are absolutely perfect. Not too sweet and perfectly soft. I couldn't find course sugar so I just used regular sugar then topped them off with a little extra sprinkle right before putting them in the oven. Delicious!"

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Beckythebarber
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"My cookies looked just like the ones in the photo. They were awesome! I live in a sorghum community, so I used that instead of molasses. These made a bunch and were delightful! If you follow the recipe, you won't be disappointed!"

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tcavman15
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2013

"These are wonderful cookies. Lots of flavor. Let the cookies set on the baking sheets for a little while before transferring them to wire racks. Parchment paper on the baking sheets makes moving them a snap. I didn't have enough coarse sugar, so I used regular granulated sugar on the last couple cookies. That worked ok, but I think the coarse sugar is prettier and gives them a nice crunch. I used a # 16 (2 oz.) disher to scoop dough and only rolled the tops and sides of dough balls in sugar. That worked out great."

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Junus
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2013

"Sons favorite cookie"

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watermelonmuffin
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"I made these for a church meal, and they were all gone by the end. My mom couldn't stop eating them, I think she had like 7. They're very chewy and perfect. I will definitely make these again! :)"

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kmccorqu
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"The coarse sugar on the outside adds a lovely crunch to these chewy cookies. I will be making these again!"

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Bribd21
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! I can't count how many batches I have made! People just can't get enough!! Sooooo yummy!"

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Heisrisen
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"I tried this recipe last Christmas, and we all quite enjoyed the cookies. However, I did think that 400 F was rather high to bake such large cookies, and wondering if it was a typo, baked the cookies at 300 F. This worked very well for me, and though I see that the recipe originally called for 350, I think I will stick with 300 F. Also, I've never used the pecans, as I'd rather not have nuts in my molasses cookies.........just personal preference. :) The only other change I made (which shouldn't affect the outcome at all) was to adjust the amount of spices to our liking (increasing some, decreasing others). These are wonderfully thick, soft, and (to me) slightly chewy cookies........though not my 'ultimate' molasses cookie, these are a very close second, and will for sure be made again!

AnnaCerasani, I have frozen these cookies both times I made this recipe, and have also sent them to Michigan...........my prefered way to eat these cookies is to freeze the cooled cookies, put a frozen cookie on a plate/napkin, and let the cookie come close to room temp before eating. Somehow, the texture is better to me that way. :)
Anyway, these are wonderful cookies......if you like molasses cookies, give these a try!"

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asmith0523
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"These are so delicious. I love how they are crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. They have just the right amount of spice to balance the molasses. I just finished making them and I've eaten three already!"

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AnnaCerasani
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2012

"Absolutely delicious! Has anyone frozen them yet? I want to know how they fare after a few weeks in the freezer."

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Laurie720
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"This is the BEST RECIPE for these cookies I have ever made. I went to a specialty cake decorating shop and got the coarse sugar. Amazing!"

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alanda
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"AHHHHHMAZING! definitly a recipe i will keep making!"

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0505JUNEBUG
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"The cookie are great i use an ice cream scoop to put them on the pan .thank you"

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KScales
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"We have reviewed this recipe again, and agree with contributor Kristine Chayes observation. 350 degrees is the ideal baking temp for these cookies and they should bake for approximately 13-15 minutes.

We apologize for the earlier error. It will be updated here soon.
Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

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macs4445
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"This is my husband's new favorite cookie! Perfect exactly as it is."

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KristineChayes
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"I just noted that the oven temperature listed in the magazine is 400 degrees; when I submitted my recipe for Giant Molasses Cookies, it called for an oven temperature of 350 degrees, which is the oven temperature I've always used. Because temperatures can vary from oven to oven, for those who needed to shorten baking time, try the lower oven temperature of 350 degrees. Whichever is best for you, you want to make sure the cookies are baked through, but still soft and chewy. Enjoy! - Kristine Chayes"

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KristineChayes
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"I submitted the Giant Molasses Cookies recipe and note that many people who made them had shortened baking times. Since oven temperatures can vary, the important thing is to find the amount of baking time in your oven that will produce a chewy cookie. It is important not to overbake them. Glad they are such a hit! -- Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, N.Y."

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huwmar
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Absolutely delicious. I made it without the nuts. They looked picture perfect and tasted wonderful."

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grannyseussie
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"It's the perfect molasses cookie recipe i've been looking for!!"

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cassellbon
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I have been looking for a molasses cookie to taste like the ones my Aunt Maud made years ago and finally found it! A lot of people have never had molasses cookies and now have become their favorite. I reduced the cooking time to about 12-13 minutes to make them chewier. My family loves them. Thank you, Kristine Chayes and Taste of Home."

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LunarLady58
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"I made these cookies for gifts and they turned out great! Very big and chewy and perfect for gifts. I have other recipes for molasses cookies, but this is now my favorite because of the chewiness factor. :) I baked mine for 11 minutes, and they were perfect."

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Dareya
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"These cookies are awesome, have already made them twice and everybody loves them. I added a full cup of pecans."

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RBenner
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"I have made these several times. Two college grandkids just took some back to school after Thanksgiving. They love ginger cookies and we do too."

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Queenmumv66
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"I have made these delicious cookies 3 times in the past month already, my family loves them so much. They also make a lot of cookies.I followed the recipe excact, except rolled them in regular sugar before baking.I will be making these for years to come."

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KristineChayes
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"I submitted the recipe for the Giant Molasses Cookies, which have been a family favorite for years. Just wanted to share that, for the Christmas holiday season, I make the Giant Molasses cookies smaller and stamp each one with Taste of Home's gingerbread man cookie stamp. It is a simple and delicious way to have gingerbread man cookies on your holiday cookie tray. Happy Holidays to all! - Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, N.Y."

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taiheiyo
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"used LESS sugar at 1 1/2 cup 5 tsp ginger, 2 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp cloves or more !!! Rolled TOP only in TURBINADO sugar. Briefly refrigerate the mixture before making cookie balls. Baked only 8 - 10 minutes. Looked very professional and yummy for a chew cookie. tennsmama 11.23.2011"

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Linda Meyers
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Love these giant cookies, although 16-18 minutes is way too long to bake. Mine were perfectly done in 10-12 minutes. On my second batch and will bake these often."

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kalicole
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"These taste just like my mom used to make!"

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dawnasmom
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"I didn't make the cookies quite so large so had to reduce the baking time to 10 minutes. I let sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes then transferred to cooling rack."

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HardinAllenGirl
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"If I baked them long enough to crack they were too hard. They have a good flavor but I was disappointed they didn't turn out better. I will not make them again."

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voyageuse
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"Absolutely fabulous - especially about 10 minutes out of the oven. I found the recipe made 3 dozen big cookies for me."

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jkayc566
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"They are wonderfully crunchy with just the right amount of chewy :)"

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jdwalters
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"made them twice and neithern time were they very good. the dough was really runny and could not roll them into a ball. they tasted too cakey"

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estes143
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"These time cookies are amazing! Every time I make them they disappear! Giant is best I tried making them smaller and they were not as chewy."

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territeter
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"I made these cookies for my daughter's trip to district band and they were a great hit. I did make 36 cookies out of the recipe instead of the 24 and baked them only 13 minutes. Yummy!!"

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allharrymama
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Just baked these last night. They were all gone after the church dinner. Children and adults alike complimented them. They were slightly crisp, but chewy enough to please me."

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workinmomTX
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"Molasses cookies are one of my favorite cookies, so as soon as I saw these, I tried them. They are crispy on the outside and chewy inside, which is perfection for my taste. I made some small and some large. 16 minutes will burn them in my oven. I only cooked the large ones for 8 minutes and watched them carefully. I burnt one batch, totally my fault, forgot to set ther timer. What a waste of delicious dough. This is a keeper. They are on my list to give away at Christmas."

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Linda Meyers
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"These giant cookies are delicious. The only problem I had was that they were over baked when done at 400 degrees for the 16 minutes. Next time I'll try a little cooler oven or bake for less than the recommended time. Definite keeper."

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ReneeK352
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"These are awesome! Mine did not crack on the tops as much as those in the pic, so I wonder if it is due to the type of sugar in which they were rolled. I used Sugar in the Raw, large crystals, yet they are a somewhat different product than granulated sugar."

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harmeling3b@yahoo.com
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2011

"Was the baking time of 16-18 minutes correct? My friend made these and said it only took about 6 minutes."

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sherloreco
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"Great flavor. I would probably make them smaller next time to have more of them to share. I didn't have coarse sugar so I used regular sugar which worked fine."

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ReneeK352
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"What type of molasses is recommended or was used? I would guess that it depends on the baker's preference."

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melhertzberg@msn.com
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I made these yesterday for my son in Afghanistan and his unit. Delicious."

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michie
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I had a dentist appointment and needed to get some cookies baked for a meeting the next night. I looked at the Molasses Cookie Recipe and my hubby said he would bake them for me. I laughed as he never baked a cookies in his life. When I got home, he had them baked and they turned out great and were delicious. Now I won't be able to keep him out of the kitchen. He thinks he is a top notch cook now and he also enjoys eating the scraps."

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