Gingerbread Cookie Rings

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Hello cookie lovers! I’m happy to be back with more cookies, sharing this stage with such talented bakers. This year, I made some gingerbread cookie rings for you all.

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I’m sure I’m not the lone baker in this cookie party bringing gingerbread. And no wonder. The aroma alone evokes Christmas. But there are so many variations in gingerbread cookies. Soft? Crunchy? Spicy? This recipe is of the crunchy kind. Mildly spicy. Not too sweet. And perfect for building houses and cutting out cookies, because it holds its shape beautifully in the oven.

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I chose to make cookie rings for their versatility. Tie a bunch together with a ribbon for gift giving, hang as ornaments, serve on platters, eat out of the oven, whatever… And they kind of look like mod wreaths, I think. Maybe perhaps. Or they could look more like wreaths if that is your thing. Decorate them however you like, with dots, swirls, stripes. I made this sort of swirly twirly ring shape.

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie inkatrinaskitchen.com

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie inkatrinaskitchen.com

Gingerbread Cookie Rings Recipe

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Gingerbread cookie rings- perfect for gifting...or eating!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • circle cookie cutters
  • parchment paper

Directions:

  1. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl with a whisk and set aside. In a large bowl with a handheld mixer or in a standing mixer fitted with a flat beater, mix together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Blend in the spices. Blend in the egg, molasses and vanilla extract. Gradually blend in the flour mixture.
  2. Wrap the dough and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Roll the chilled dough out on a floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. To make rings, use two different sized circle cookie cutters, sizes 3-inch and 1 1/4 –inch circles used here. Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Let cool completely before decorating.

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie inkatrinaskitchen.com

How to Decorate Gingerbread Cookie Rings

you will need:* royal icing white, red and green food coloring 3 disposable decorating bags 3 couplers 3 decorating tips rubber bands white, red and green sprinkles   *For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Red Red and Electric Green used here), available online and in specialty stores. Find the decorating bags, couplers, tips and sprinkles in the craft store. For the decorating tips, use sizes 2, 3 or 4, depending on your design and preference.   what to do: Prepare royal icing, divide and tint white, red and green. Prepare three decorating bags with couplers and tips, fill with each color, and close tightly with a rubber band. Working with one cookie at a time, pipe your design, then immediately coat with sprinkles of a coordinating color. Turn the cookie over to remove the excess sprinkles. (TIP: Sprinkle each cookie over a small bowl and funnel the excess back in the bottle.) Let the cookies dry several hours or, preferably, overnight before wrapping and packaging.

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie inkatrinaskitchen.com

Thank you to Katrina for having me join the party! Happy baking and happy cookie eating to you all!

Gingerbread Cookie Rings from thedecorated cookie inkatrinaskitchen.com

~ meaghan

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You may have heard me gushing about Meaghan before. She’s just the kind of person I know I will have a blast with when we finally get to meet, but that won’t be anytime soon because she’s busy having a baby (!!) ..like this week. So be sure to stop by her blog the decorated cookie and send your love and well wishes. Before she packed her hospital bags she was thoughtful enough to send along an autographed copy of her book Sugarlicious. Isn’t she just the best? You can connect with Meaghan on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Some more cookies from Meaghan that you may want to put on your holiday baking list:

Bite Sized Holiday Cookies in a Jar

The FAMOUS Mr. Melty

Assemble Your Own Cookie Snowman Gift

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86 Responses to “Gingerbread Cookie Rings”

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    amanda — December 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Adorable! I wanna make them with the kids to put on the tree!
    My recent post Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

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    Becky Higgins — December 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    What a pretty way to make the Gingerbread cookies, and they can be used several ways, pure genius.

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    Rachel — December 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I love Meaghan and these look amazing. Didn't know she was expecting (I'm in my own little world, obviously).
    My recent post Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Meringues

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    Sadie — December 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Such beautiful pictures!

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    BruCrew Life — December 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Those are gorgeous cookies! Love the fun donut shape:-) And I bet they make your house smell awesome when baking!!!
    My recent post Lemon Cheesecake Cake

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    Tobi Drabczyk — December 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I love the fun shape, these look great.

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    Chelsea — December 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Those are so pretty! I love the frosting and sprinkles.
    My recent post Coconut Macaroons with Butterscotch Chips

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    Josie — December 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Very fun and simple!

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    Parsley Sage — December 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Best holiday cookie! I just adore gingerbread and these are so cute! A fresh new look :)
    My recent post Spiced Sorrel & A ‘Taste’ of What’s To Come

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    Christina — December 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    These look so fun! I've been looking for a good gingerbread recipe and ideas (other than house) to do with my daughter! Thank you!

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    Diethood -noun- The state of being on a diet... always! — December 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Man, look at that talent!! I wish I could pipe… a three-year old can decorate a cookie better than I.

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    Erin — December 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    These are so cute and festive! Perhaps a fun project for my little ones.

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    Erin@TexanerinBaking — December 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    These are so cute! I just made gingerbread men but wish I would have made these cute wreath looking ones instead. I'll save them for later, though. Love that they're not too sweet!
    My recent post Grain- and Gluten-Free Fresh Mint Double Chocolate Cookies

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    Sue — December 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Your cookies are so beautiful and festive, Meaghan! Love them!

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    Christina — December 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    These are pretty cookies!

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    Marisa — December 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I love gingerbread cookies and these are so cute!

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    Cynthia Rathunde — December 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Love these cookies, Meaghan is the best. I have this book and LOVE it. I would love to win a copy to give to a friend.

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    Nikki — December 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Those cookies look so good! I would love to win this one too!

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    Lauren — December 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I would love to give this to my sister for Christmas!!

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    Julie — December 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    These cookies are so cute!!!
    My recent post Slice of Life: Cleveland trip

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    Adam Jon — December 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I'm in love with everyones traditions for the holidays! There's nothing better than sharing family memories with friends.

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    Nicole — December 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I love the fun, wreath look of these gingerbread!

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    Lauren — December 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    super cute cookies!

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    Rina — December 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I don't like gingerbread but I'll be making these for my sister. They are just too tempting to past up.

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    knittingdancer — December 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    These gingerbread cookie rings are a really cute idea for your Christmas baking.

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    Sarah — December 3, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Cute cookies!

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    Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    These are so cute! Love these little guys. And I bet they taste awesome too :)

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    Rena — December 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    awesome! such cute cookies!

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    Elin — December 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I love gingerbread and these decorated cookies are super cute!

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    BakeYourDay — December 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    These are gorgeous! The gingerbread looks perfect.

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    Yanay — December 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    So adorable.. I love the ribbon

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    Diane — December 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    So cute!

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    Andrea D. — December 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Those cookies look awesome.

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    Carrie — December 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    These are so cute A must make with the kiddos for sure

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    jan — December 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    can't wait to make these cookies… perfect for Christmas!

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    Jen — December 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    These cookies are too cute, I cant wait to try them!

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    Natalie G. — December 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    These are awesome!

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    bakedbyrachel — December 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    How cute are those?!
    My recent post Gingerbread Kiss Cookies

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    Mignonne Bakker — December 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    this are so nice for a christmas gift

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    Barb — December 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    gigerbread cookies sound great

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    Joanne — December 4, 2012 at 12:05 am

    This is so cute for a place setting

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    paddle attachment — December 4, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Cute cookie! Sometimes the simplest ideas are really the best.

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    Lorniki — December 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Your cookies are super fantastic.

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    Diane — December 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Adorable cookies!
    Would love to win!

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    Chrissy — December 4, 2012 at 12:59 am

    these are so adorable…ty for sharing

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    JennCutt — December 4, 2012 at 1:07 am

    these look great, can't wait to try them.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — December 4, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Definitely gift worthy. Super cute!
    My recent post Creamy Butternut, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Penne Pasta

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    Jill — December 4, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I am having a cookie exchange in a couple of weeks and this is a prefect cookie to bake! thank you!

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    Kara — December 4, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Just found her site and yours linked. So excited. Love your work!

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    Kayla — December 4, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Love the ideas! Keep them coming :)

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    Sugartown Sweets — December 4, 2012 at 5:26 am

    The book is AWESOME! I'm buying one for my baby sis for Christmas..if I don't win this one. ;) Tonight I made my first ever batch of gingerbread cookie dough using Meaghan's recipe, and it smells amazing! I can't wait to bake them!
    My recent post Snowballs of Fun Cookies!

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    Sandra C — December 4, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I love these cookies and the chance to win that cookbook. Thanks for both!

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    Live a Sweet Life — December 4, 2012 at 5:40 am

    These are so cute! Love how they are decorated!
    My recent post Banana Bread Brownies

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    sally - OGFB — December 4, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I'm having a ginger biscuit craving but I've already eaten icecream tonight. Mmm gingerbread. These are cute too.
    My recent post Chocolate Macarons – Naturally Gluten Free 

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    maria — December 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Wow, so cute!!!

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    KaySue — December 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Gingerbread is one of my favorites for the holidays.

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    Rose — December 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    These would be fun to make with my grandson, such beautiful decorating!

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    cindybrickley — December 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I will have to make these yummy cookies for Xmas.

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    mary mac — December 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Gingerbread cookies are one of my favorite year round cookies.

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    cindybrickley — December 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I tweeted your cookies at: Fwww.inkatrinaskitchen.com%2F2012%2F12%2Fgingerbread-cookie-rings.html%23.UL4GgFcPdOY.twitter&related=”” target=”_blank”> ” target=”_blank”>Fwww.inkatrinaskitchen.com%2F2012%2F12%2Fgingerbread-cookie-rings.html%23.UL4GgFcPdOY.twitter&related=” target=”_blank”>https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=Gingerbread…” target=”_blank”> ” target=”_blank”>Fwww.inkatrinaskitchen.com%2F2012%2F12%2Fgingerbread-cookie-rings.html%23.UL4GgFcPdOY.twitter&related=

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    Jane — December 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I am doing a cookie tree this year for my kitchen…thanks for the cute idea.

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    Moni — December 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Would love to win an autographed copy of her book. I bought one already, but I could give this one to my daughter-in-law…

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    Jessica W — December 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    what a fun giveaway

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    Kathlyn — December 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Just found your blog, love it and you're in My Favorites!

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    Erin @Dinners, Dish — December 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    So pretty! What a cute idea, and so many different uses!
    My recent post Peanut Butter Cup Blossom Cookies #25recipestoXmas

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    @PennyAuctionDog — December 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    These will be the perfect thing for me to share at work!

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    Ashley — December 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I never thought about doing gingerbread rings!

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    Wendy — December 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Those are adorable! I will definitely have to make wreath cookies this Christmas!

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    spiffycookie — December 5, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Such a cute gingerbread cookie
    My recent post White Chocolate Peppermint Covered Pretzels

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    Katrina F — December 5, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I always has such fun decorating gingerbread men and women as a kid. I never thought of rings!

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    cnuland — December 5, 2012 at 3:27 am

    BOOM! :) Thanks for the giveaway. The wreaths are delicious looking

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    Fire up the oven — December 5, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Really Cute Cookies, and I love Gingerbread!

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    twitwhitmom — December 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I love the gingerbread rings! My kids were never huge fans of gingerbread men~they never wanted to "hurt" them, so I stopped making them. These are darling!

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    Julie — December 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    This is a great, new spin on the "wreath" idea for the holidays. Love it!

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    Mei — December 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Those cookies look so yummy!
    My recent post Scented Pistachio French Macaron Necklace – $23.00

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    Lisa — December 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    These are so cute ….Wish there as smellovision for these :)

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    Darby — December 6, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Lots of fun ideas on your site!!

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    @movinaroundmama — December 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Love cookies

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    Jessica — December 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Just a great idea for Christmas!

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    Carol Ann Boardway — December 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    So many cute ideas!!

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    Jennifer — December 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    These cookies are a cute change from the traditional gingerbread man.

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    Natalie S — December 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    That looks like an aesome cookbook!

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    Natalie S — December 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    *awesome

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    theresa j — December 7, 2012 at 2:43 am

    What beautiful desserts

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    Hani(Haniela's) — December 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I adore all of Meaghan's cookies. These are so cute and festive.
    My recent post Pine Cone Soft Pretzels

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    Trudi Verrico — December 13, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Just used this recipe to make gingerbread men for my daughters class, as she is coeliac I used orgran gluten free flour.
    This is the first recipe that has turned out. They look and taste fantastic.

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