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Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Time to clean out your pantry and make some Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! A basic bar cookie is filled with an assortment of delicious add-ins, resulting in one delicious treat.

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by crazyforcrust.com | Clean out your pantry and make a delicious cookie bar with what you find!

Recently I reached into my pantry to get some vanilla and was assaulted by the cocoa container. His friend the powdered sugar and her BFF the open bag of chocolate chips quickly followed suit, raining down on me in a storm of white and brown.

Does anyone else have this problem? Or is it just a #foodbloggerproblem?

My pantry is an odd assortment of varieties of open bags of chocolate chips, bags of sugars, half empty boxes of cake mix. The other day all I could smell all over my kitchen was peppermint and, after 10 frustrating minutes of archeological digging, I realized the top wasn’t all the way on the peppermint extract and it had leaked all over it’s cardboard box.

This all happened the same day that I was trying to figure out what sort of treat to make my niece who just had her second baby (a girl!) and about 20 minutes before I read Averie’s Triple Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Bar post about her monster pantry.

I decided I needed to make a pantry cookie too. Because OMG what am I going to do with an 1/8 of a cup of white chocolate chips? And 1/3 of a cup of toffee bits?

{The obvious answer is eat them. But I’m a food blogger…I like to add my calories to more calories. It’s the way I work, yo.}

Besides, what new mom doesn’t want a ginormous cookie bar to gnaw on a week after giving birth?

So I made these cookie bars. They’re Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – filled with whatever you have lurking in your pantry.

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by crazyforcrust.com | Clean out your pantry and make a delicious cookie bar with what you find!

Let’s start with the base of these bars. They are my go-to blondie base. I’ve made Toffee Blondies and Nutter Butter Butterscotch Blondies with the base. It’s like a giant brown sugar based cookie, complete with an ooey-gooey center. You can make these bars in a million different ways, just by mixing up the add-ins you use.

I’ve written the recipe so that you have the base bar recipe, and then left it semi-generic for your add-ins. In these cookie bars, I added white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, toffee bits, and Reese’s Pieces.

You can use whatever you like, or what you have on hand. Here are some ideas:

  • Assorted chocolate chips
  • Nuts
  • Chopped up peanut butter cups
  • Chopped up candy bars
  • M&Ms

Or…anything that rains down upon you when you’re looking for the baking soda.

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by crazyforcrust.com | Clean out your pantry and make a delicious cookie bar with what you find!

Did you know that today is National Chocolate Chip Day? {Not to be confused with National Chocolate Chip COOKIE day in May.} These bars are a perfect celebration of today. Chocolate chips abound in every bite.

These are seriously my favorite bar cookie. EVER.

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by crazyforcrust.com | Clean out your pantry and make a delicious cookie bar with what you find!

And I hope they’ll be yours too!

What will you add to your Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars?

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by crazyforcrust.com | Clean out your pantry and make a delicious cookie bar with what you find!

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • Use 2-3 cups of mix-ins - your choice. I used:
  • 1 cup (mixed) white and semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits (bits o’ brickle)
  • 1 cup Reese’s Pieces, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add baking powder, salt, and flour and mix.
  3. Mix in 2-3 cups of mix-ins. You can use whatever you have on hand, or whatever you like. For this pantry-clean-out recipe, I used a mixed 1 cup of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup toffee bits, and 3/4 cup Reese’s Pieces. Stir all those into the batter.
  4. Press into prepared pan (dough is sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands). Sprinkle 1/4 cup Reese’s Pieces over the top. You can use about 1/4 cup of anything you have for this step: M&Ms, chocolate chips, etc. It just makes them look prettier.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. (Be careful not to overcook - the center will still be jiggly when you take these out of the oven and they will finish cooking and firming up as they cool.) Cool completely before slicing into squares.
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82 Responses to “Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars”

  1. ThisBakerGirlBlogs posted on August 4, 2013 at 2:37 am (#)

    They look delicious! Now, to go raid my pantry to see what I can chuck in :-D

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      YES! Enjoy! :)

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      • Vicky Heart replied on October 16th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        Ohhh, my hubby wants me to make this, this weekend! I cant wait. But I think I’m also going to add mini pretzel pieces to the recipe. Thanks for the recipe!!

        • Dorothy Kern replied on October 17th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

          That would be AWESOME!

  2. Emily @ Life on Food posted on August 4, 2013 at 3:33 am (#)

    I swear I only have that problem after my husband goes grubbing for some of the candy stash! I will still use it as an excuse to clean out though.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      I wish my husband would do that. Then I’d eat less, ha! :)

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  3. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on August 4, 2013 at 5:06 am (#)

    When I saw Averie’s version, I really wanted to make it. Now I know I have to! All that melty goodness!

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  4. Tieghan posted on August 4, 2013 at 6:13 am (#)

    I love the idea of pantry cookies and wish so bad I could whip up a batch of these today……but my my sweets draw here in Oregon looks very, very, scarce. It’s a sad thing, especially since I still have four full days left until I head home to colorado were I will have a very empty pantry too! Just give me a few days though and I will have open bags of four or five different candies at once. Then I can finally make these amazing looking cookies!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      Is it time for you to head home already? Wow, time flies! Thanks Tieghan!

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  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on August 4, 2013 at 6:26 am (#)

    MMMm yeah. I’d say this is like THE PERFECT THING for a new mom. Or anyone. Ya know…like me. whatevs. :P

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Totally. Like, I only sent her half. I ate the rest. :)

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  6. Wendy posted on August 4, 2013 at 8:02 am (#)

    I was going to post and ask what tricks food bloggers use to organize their pantries. I risk my life every time I open my baking cabinet! These bars are a good start. Forget organizing and eat the contents! :) (Seriously, if you have any tips, PLEASE let me know. Chocolate chip avalanches are a very real danger in my kitchen!) Thanks for the bar cookie base recipe, Dorothy!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Ha, I need a post on that. Maybe I should actually sort my pantry. That would be a step in the right direction. :)

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  8. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on August 4, 2013 at 9:21 am (#)

    My baking cupboards are a constant hot mess, half to this, a little bit of that, a lot of this, only a tiny bit of that..anyways it’s great to clear it out and then of course fill it up with more treats :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      …and I immediately did. Fill it up, that is. :)

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  9. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on August 4, 2013 at 11:01 am (#)

    Ah, I love making stuff that frees up space in my kitchen. I did something similar with a baked pasta yesterday. It feels so good to not waste food, to clean things up, and to eat something awesome. I think I need one of these cookie bars now.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      I need to do that with pasta. I have 10 boxes of a 1/4 cup – all different shapes and sizes. Great idea!

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  10. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on August 4, 2013 at 11:22 am (#)

    I had the same issue the other day. I just moved the bags to another cupboard though. Not as good or tasty of a solution. My husband opened the cupboard and was like why is your baking stuff in here. Opps!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Ha, I do that all the time. Then he can’t find anything. :) It’s kind of funny to watch!

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  11. Karissa K. @ Sweet As A Cookie posted on August 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm (#)

    My boyfriend has been wanted me to make him cookie bars. I am in the same boat as you with the little bits of chips everywhere. If I make him these we can both be happy :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Yes! And no scooping. That’s a good thing!

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  12. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on August 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm (#)

    Yum! Some of the very best recipes are the “Clean out the pantry” ones!

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  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm (#)

    They are RIGHT up my alley! I just made brown sugar, gooey bars today and last week I made some Triple PB bars and also Reeses Pieces cookies. Pretty much this is all my fave desserts in one! :) I cant resist those Reeses Pieces!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      OMG brown sugar gooey bars. I best get over to your site. :) These kind of bars are my favorite!

      Reply

  14. Mom posted on August 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm (#)

    I just put them in the oven. I only made 1/2 the recipe and used an 8×8 pan. Mine have milk chocolate chips (of course), walnuts and caramel bits with M&Ms sprinkled on top. Can’t wait!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      That was quick! :)

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      • Mom replied on August 4th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

        I was thinking about making brownies when I got the email with this posting. I made sugar free cookies for Daddy earlier today and they just didn’t do it for me!!!

  15. Becky @ So Very Blessed posted on August 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm (#)

    Oh…I’ve needed a delicious way to clean out my baking cupboard! I have partial bags of peanut butter chips, toffee chips, dark chocolate chips, marshmallows, shredded coconut, mini M&Ms….this base looks amazing!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      That sounds like it would be an amazing bar! I’m coming over when you make them! :)

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  16. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted on August 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm (#)

    I love the idea of “cleaning out my pantry” to make these, haha! Sometimes I have candy & chocolates stocked up for months and don’t get to use some. These look so delicious!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Kristi! It’s great for using up all those holiday candies too. :)

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  17. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on August 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm (#)

    I’ve been trying to get my pantry organized over the past few weeks. It’s a futile effort on my part. I just end up throwing things back in the pantry instead of placing them back neatly. These bars look delicious. I love peanut butter.

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  18. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on August 4, 2013 at 5:54 pm (#)

    I totally have this problem too! Minuscule amounts of baking chips and candy taking over my pantry! These bars sound like the perfect solution! :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      They totally are! Thanks Jennifer!

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  19. aimee @ like mother like daughter posted on August 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm (#)

    Oh my, these look heavenly. I haven’t ever made chocolate chip bars, but I think I need to. And with Reese’s pieces? These look so amazing!

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  20. Kristin posted on August 5, 2013 at 5:48 am (#)

    Thanks for prompting me to clean out my cupboards!

    This looks like the perfect recipe for the 3 bags of opened chips that I have. :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 5th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      YES! I need to make more, it’s still raining chips in my house.

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  21. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted on August 5, 2013 at 6:54 am (#)

    I love blondies and these look so chewy and delicious! The chewier the better for me. :)
    You are not alone! My kitchen cabinets are full of baking supplies and it never fails that I need something from the very top shelf (where I need a stool to reach it) or in the way back where I can’t see it. I’m very organized and neat so I thought I’d make my life easier by buying containers to store similar ingredients. My lovign hubby even bought a label maker and helped label all the various containers. Yet, 50% of the time I’m still left to search. What container did I categorize that in? Lol. The worst for me is when I think I have an ingredient and I have all my baking supplies out, ready to bake, when I find out I’m wrong..dang, I’m all out of x. 15-20 minutes to the nearest grocery store, I’m left to try to improvise or change plans.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 5th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      See, that gives me an excuse not to organize. LOL! I’m so organized in my head…but not many other places!

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  22. Tahnycooks posted on August 5, 2013 at 7:11 am (#)

    What a great recipe to use up all of my half filled bags of goodies! Thanks!

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  23. Aubrey @ Real Housemoms posted on August 5, 2013 at 7:26 am (#)

    I woke up and saw these on my phone before I even got out of bed. Would it be wrong for me to have them for breakfast?! These will be perfect for me to clean out my pantry before the big move. :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 5th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Nope. Not at all!! :) My kind of girl!

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  24. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on August 5, 2013 at 7:46 am (#)

    My cupboards rain down on me at least once a day…I should probably take that as a sign that I need to make some yummy loaded bars too :-) Or just stop buying so many bags of calories…naaaahhhh! Time to bake again :-)

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  25. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com posted on August 5, 2013 at 10:29 am (#)

    I love how gooey they look in the middle! I crave them so much right now, for breakfast. :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 5th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Me too. I am dying for them – I may have to make another batch!

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  26. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on August 5, 2013 at 10:41 am (#)

    oh my gosh, yes. That is exactly my pantry! I need to make these bars!

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  27. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on August 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm (#)

    Sometimes I am scared to open my cupboards!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 5th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      LOL, me too. All the time!

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  28. alex posted on August 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm (#)

    I hear ya! I totally need a recipe like this. My cupboards are so often about to burst at the seams! I love the idea of just throwing it all in there!

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  29. Amy posted on August 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm (#)

    I TOTALLY have that problem too! Butterscotch chips, jars of nutella, more extracts than I know what to do with (maple, coconut, strawberry, root beer)… Your bars are a brilliant way to “get rid” of (and still sneak a taste of) everything!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 5th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Oh, extracts. OMG that’s a whole other category of pantry crazy!

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      • Amy replied on August 6th, 2013 at 5:51 pm

        SO glad I’m not the only one!!

  30. Becca from ItsYummi.com posted on August 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#)

    I LOVE using up odds and ends in my cookies! I think it stemmed from my childhood… watching my mom throw everything hanging around the fridge into a casserole. Use and reuse, ya know ;)

    I especially love your “ooey gooey” centers… YUM!

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  31. Ala posted on August 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm (#)

    Shouldn’t every day be national chocolate chip day? These look vunderbar–literally, wonder bars! :) thanks, Dorothy

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  32. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on August 8, 2013 at 6:06 am (#)

    The more stuff loaded in to cookie bars, the better!

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  33. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper posted on August 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#)

    Yum! I love the idea of just dumping everything in a cookie. I alway have the most random stuff in my pantry.

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  35. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on August 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm (#)

    They are looking pretty fabulous!!!

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  37. Jisoo Rho posted on November 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm (#)

    Made this just now! I used some discounted chocolates i got from the store today since all the halloween candy is 50% off! Will be bringing to my co-workers tomorrow… This was my second try at your recipes! LOVED the zucchini brownies I made about 2 months ago…so rich.. this one i love because it’s so simple and probably really good (I ate a tiny end bit because i ate too many leftover trick-or-treat candies at work today…). Love love love your recipes because of its simplicity! I’m pretty sure everyone will enjoy them. And if for some reason i made a mistake i don’t know of, it’s ok because all the chocolate will probably cover it up for me ;) Thanks for the recipe!!

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  39. Kim posted on November 14, 2013 at 1:12 pm (#)

    Yes. I just got a new stand mixer (early Christmas present – to help with the Christmas baking) and this will absolutely be the first thing I make with it. No scooping is awesome with a 3-month old! So excited about this recipe – thank you! :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 14th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Enjoy!! And what an awesome Christmas present!

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  40. Mademoiselle posted on December 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm (#)

    These baked up an absolute TREAT! No subs, followed the instructions to the letter, and they were perfection. Thank you & Merry Christmas all the way from Shanghai!

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  42. Joanne posted on January 5, 2014 at 11:23 am (#)

    Had some heath bits, milk chocolate chips and maple sugar lurking in the corner of my cupboard. Made some great cookies on this very snowy and soon to be so frigid Sunday!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 6th, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Yay! I’m glad Joanne. Stay warm!

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  46. LP posted on September 19, 2014 at 9:31 am (#)

    I made these and for me, their easier to make and I like them better then cookies. Chewy and yummy. I did cut back on the sugar to 1-1/2 cups. We don’t like anything overly sweet, and with the extras I added, the sweetness was perfect. I added M & M’s, Toffee bits, Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips, and Chopped Walnuts. Thank you for this recipe!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 19th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Love the subs!! Sounds amazing, thanks so much!

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