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10.20.2012

Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Snickerdoodles



Day 7 Pumpkin Week. Few things today. One it's the last day to enter into KitchenAid's giveaway for this fabulous Hand Blender /Immersion Blender. Two we have our last giveaway going on of the week. Sponsored by Le Creuset! Be sure to check out the details after today's guest post recipe!

Three, today's guest post! I'd like to share one of my favorite blogging friends. Ellen of Indigo Scones. Ellen is a high school senior. If you were to take one look at her blog you would be jealous of her talent. I wish I had on iota of the passion she does for food when I was her age. I think we  can all expect to see big things from Ellen! She is a talented Baker, Photographer, Blogger and.... my right hand lady in the Sundays With Joy group. For those of you who are new followers. I created a group back in the spring called Sundays With Joy. Each week we make a recipe from Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes. Ellen is such a huge help keeping me on my toes and organized. Ellen is a huge Joy the Baker fan much like myself so of course we became friends ;)

Be sure to check out Ellen's blog Indigo Scones, you will be amazed! Also don't forget to enter in today's Le Creuset giveaway! 


If you knew me well, you'd find it amusing that I'm participating in something called "Pumpkin Week." And before you go accusing me of dissing this famous fall trend, let me tell you why.
Pumpkin and I did not start out on good terms. Like so many other pumpkin haters, it started with Thanksgiving, and that ever-present pie made with smelly orange stuff from a can.
That's what I thought pumpkin was.

I always went straight past it, diving into the apple strudel or the piles of my grandma's famous meringues. Heck, most of the time I didn't even bother with dessert. Why would you when there's mounds of leftover mashed potatoes and gravy? And cold turkey! Hello second dinner.
I was a queer child, but look at me now! The owner of a blog called Indigo Scones, and the girl who turns right to the dessert section when given a restaurant menu. Oh irony.

I guess the whole jack-o-lantern thing threw me off as well. As much as I morbidly enjoyed scooping out pumpkin guts, it also made me wonder why on earth people would willingly ingest the stuff (The pumpkin, not the guts. Pretty sure I wasn't that clueless).

But, on one fateful night of carving, my dad began to pick out the pumpkin seeds. I watched curiously as he seasoned then roasted them. He made me try one, and I was hooked. I hardly bothered with pumpkin carving after that, I was too busy sorting the seeds from the innards. (Sorry...farm girl.)
 

Then, around my sophomore year, I started working a seasonal job in a bakery that sold pumpkin cake.
We baked it by the sheetful, using freshly-shredded pumpkin from the farm and slathering the whole thing in cream cheese frosting. This was new to me. The aroma and texture was more like..carrot cake! It wasn't mushy or pudding-like, nothing was mashed or pureed...it was just cake. One forkful, my friends, and I was gone.

Then came pumpkin muffins filled with cream cheese, definitely responsible for my subsequent conversion to pumpkin puree. All of sudden I was pumping out snickerdoodles, pumpkin-swirled pound cake, and these lovely black and white cookies.

The snickerdoodles were something I made last year. They were more for my mom's pleasure, but I was surprised by how much I actually liked them! But while they were good, I still felt a little off about them. Old dislikes die hard. When Carrie asked me to wrap up her pumpkin week, I started brainstorming something that even I would find irresistible.

Two failed recipes later, I was stuck.



I decided to fall back on some of my pumpkin-y basics. Cream cheese, and cookies.
The rest, as they say, is history. These cookies are fan-freaking-tastic, and yes, I do find them totally irresistible. I had three today (hush). Just trust me when I say that they're well worth the assembly required. And, personally, I kind of enjoyed making them. Baking is my therapy, so it works out nicely.
Thank you all so much for bearing with me through my pumpkin monologue, I'm happy that I can genuinely join in with all your obsessing over this stuff now ;) 

Thanks again for having me Carrie, I love you and your beautiful blog to pieces! You've really put together a wonderful thing this week, I'm so honored that I got to star in it. Love to you all, and know that just because Pumpkin Week is ending, it certainly doesn't mean that you have to stop baking! 


Cream Cheese-Filled Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Yield: about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients for the cookies:
  • 3¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. freshly-ground ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Ingredients for the filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Ingredients for the cinnamon-sugar coating:
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • Dash of allspice

Directions:
To make the cookies, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Blend in the pumpkin puree. Beat in the egg and vanilla until incorporated. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. If you have any more dry streaks on the bottom, fold together gently with a spatula until just combined. Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.

While the dough chills, make the filling. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Cover and chill this as well (for at least half an hour).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and spices for the coating thoroughly. Take one tablespoon of dough and flatten it into a pancake shape. Place one teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the middle of the pancake. Form another tablespoon of dough into an equally-sized pancake shape, and place on top, keeping the cream cheese in the middle. Gently pinch together the edges of the dough around the cream cheese to seal, then gently roll into a ball. Roll the ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Repeat with the remaining dough to fill the sheets, spacing the dough balls 2-3 inches apart. Dip the bottom of a flat, heavy-bottomed drinking glass in water to moisten slightly. Then dip it in the sugar-spice mixture, and use the bottom to flatten the dough balls slightly (They won't really flatten on their own, though they will puff slightly.). Recoat the bottom of the glass in the sugar-spice mixture as needed.

Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes, or until they are slightly firm to the touch and the tops are beginning to crackle. Let cool on the baking sheets about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Sources: cookies from Annie's Eats, filling from The Baker Chick
Now for the Le Creuset giveaway.
When my friends at Le Creuset found out I was hosting a week long party dedicated to the love of pumpkin. They offered to give one lucky reader THIS super cute pumpkin casserole dish! It is valued at $170!

You just know you need it for your thanksgiving table this year don't you?!

For the details on this casserole click HERE to view it on Le Creuset's website. 
How to enter:
Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite Thanksgiving dish is. Ex: Do you get most excited over the bird? Pies? Dinner Rolls? Stuffing? Sweet Potatoes? 
Additional entry options:
1) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on facebook. Click HERE.
1) Follow Indigo Scones on facebook. Click HERE.
3) Follow Le Creuset on facebook. Click HERE.
4) Follow Bakeaholic Mama on Twitter. Click HERE.
5) Follow Indigo Scones on Twitter. Click HERE.
6) Follow Le Creuset on Twitter. Click HERE.
7) Tweet the following... " I just entered to win a @lecreuset casserole on @bakeaholicmama ." 
Giveaway open to US residents only. Up to 8 entries per person. Giveaway ends on 10/26/2012 at 9pm winner will be chosen at 9am on 10/27/2012.
(Disclaimer I have received no monetary compensation to write this post. All opinions are my own. Le Creuset offered to give one pumpkin casserole away to one winner.)  







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152 comments:

  1. Noodles! Stuffing! Mashed potatoes! Rolls! Pie! How can I pick just one?!

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    1. My favorite part is the homemade noodles as well! My mom always makes them just like my grandmother did!

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    2. I love the turkey and the mashed potato and corn and got to have the Stuffing and Cranbury sauce..

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  2. I follow you on fb.

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  3. I love stuffing and rolls!! Carbs, Carbs, Carbs!!!

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  4. My favorite is the gravy. First of all it was the part of the meal that only my grandmother knew how to make...so there was something secret and special about it. Also, it was the one piece of the meal that could not under any circumstances be shortcutted or store bought. And, it is the one thing that can save or hide any mistakes you make in other parts of the dinner! DEFINITELY GRAVY!!!

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  7. I also follow bakeaholicmomma on twitter

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  8. @mrsk315 is following @indigoscones on Twitter

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  9. Roasted Maple Butternut Squash is my go to Thanksgiving sidedish

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  10. I like Bakaholic Mama on Facebook

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  12. My favorite dish on Thanksgiving has to be the sweet potato casserole. It's yummy sweet goodness. My mouth waters for it all year.

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  13. Love sausage stuffing! I'm also a sucker for good green bean casserole.

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  14. I follow indigo scones on Twitter.

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  16. PS I still make the old fashioned giblet gravy like our grandmothers made.....yummy!

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  17. I tweeted about your giveaway. :)

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  18. Love Le Creuset! Just got a super cute utensil holder from them the other day! I look forward to the green bean casserole! YUM!

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  19. The perfectly baked dinner rolls with an obscene pat of butter!!!! Ltj@vzw.blackberry.net

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  20. Loved your blot post today! I can picture the beautiful Le Creuset Pumpkin Cassetole on my stove filled with delicious Chili! Eager to try the Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodle Cookies. I enjoy you Facebook and Twitter posts. Thanks so much!

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  21. Just being with family is the best!

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  22. Love me some thanksgiving..all of it:)

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  23. Oh, it's all about the pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread for me.

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  24. Woo Hoo!!! I want to win! Love your site and appreciate all your giveaways . Will follow the rules and keep my fingers crossed. Thanks!

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  25. I didn't have one of those profile things, but we are friends on Facebook. I'm Connie Disher :)

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  27. I followed everyone on twitter and facebook :)
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  28. I love my mom's sweet potato and apple bake. And, of course, pumpkin pie.

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  29. Saladgoddess already following Le Creuset on Twitter.

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  30. Saladgoddess already following BakeaholicMama on Twitter.

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  31. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/saladgoddess/status/259675294682718208

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  32. mashed potatoes and homemade rolls are my favorite... followed by a carb coma :)

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  33. I already follow Bakeaholic Mama on facebook

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  34. I follow Indigo Scones on facebook

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  35. Stuffing! Wow, those cookies look good. I already follow you on Facebook, which is where I saw this. I'll share it there.

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  36. My Mom's stuffing- I wait for it all year long!

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  37. Oh my gosh, I'm a stuffing person fo sho! I could literally live off stuffing. (But not the cornbread kind)

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  38. I already follow Bakeaholic Mama on Facebook and have for quite some time! Love it!

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  39. I follow le creuset on twitter. My grandma would die btw if I one this. She loves anything Holiday themed!

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  40. Such a cute crock! My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing (technically dressing, because I like the stuff outside the bird). My mom's recipe is the best--tons of sage!

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  41. Sweet potato casserole is my very favorite! But i've usually eaten a dozen rolls by the time it's ready ;)

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  42. I love my mothers sausage stuffing.

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  43. I Follow Bakeaholic Mama on facebook.

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  45. I Follow Indigo Scones on Twitter @immortalb4

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  46. I Follow Le Creuset on Twitter @immortalb4

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  47. https://twitter.com/immortalb4/status/259715216688947201

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  48. What's my favorite Thanksgiving dish? That usually consists of any dessert! I know I should probably thinking more about dinner but not this gal! The only dessert I don't like is pecan pie. Anything else you put in front of me...all gone! Pumpkin Rolls are my favorite! Twitter and FB galore follower for Le Creuset and Bakeaholic!

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  49. The stuffing and the mashed potatoes.

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  50. I follow le creuset on twitter.

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  51. My homemade Apple Cornbread Sausage Suffing.

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  52. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on FB.

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  53. Following Bakeaholic Mama on Twitter

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  54. Stuffing and cranberry sauce together! The best.

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  56. I follow Lecreuset on Twitter @icywit

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  57. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is the turkey!

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  58. I'm now following Indigo Scones on FB!

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  59. Green Bean Casserole and Pumpkin Pie. :)

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  61. I follow everyone of Facebook and twitter. :) Realistically Domestic on FB and DomesticAmanda on Twitter. I tweeted, too.

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  65. I tweeted (https://twitter.com/Feisty_Momma/status/259746808262180865)

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  66. I'm probably some kind of freak, but I think I look most forward to the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. It's the only time all year that I get it!

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  67. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on facebook

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  68. Sweet Potatoes! I love using my Grandmothers recipe to make Sweet Potatoe Souffle. It would go nicely in this dish. I like Le Creuset on Facebook.--Jennifer JLo Randolph

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  69. I follow bakeaholic mama and Le Creuset both on facebook. Well I have a favorite for each person that cooks, my neices cheesecake, my other nieces greenbean casserole my sisters bread, anything my daughters make!

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  70. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is cranberry sauce!

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  71. Oh I'm a potatoes and gravy girl all the way!

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  72. My favorite dish is scalloped pineapple.

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  73. One favorite is hard, but my top two are stuffing and creamed oinions.

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  76. My favorite is homemade cranberry sauce.

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  77. Oh! It's hard for me to choose! I love my mom's mashed potatoes.

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  78. Ellen knocked it out of the park, once again! Love you girls!

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  79. My Thanksgiving go to dish is sweet potatoes. I didn't care for them much until last year and now I can't get enough of them. I can eat them baked and plain as they are full of great flavor. I do like a small drizzle of honey but it's not totally necessary.

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  84. Nicole: ngatchel@yahoo.comOctober 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    My favorite Turkey Day recipe is the Cranberry Relish that my mom makes...Cranberry's, oranges, apples, bananas and lots of sugar...how can you go wrong with that?!? Get a little turkey on your fork, a dollop of mashed potatoes and a dunk in the cranberry relish to make the bite worth while!!

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  85. Mmmm I love snickerdoodles and with pumpkin?! Perfect.

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  86. Cranberry sauce! I make huge amounts and eat it with EVERYTHING for months. Thank you for doing this giveaway- that dish is adorable!
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  87. I follow Le Creuset on Facebook.
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  88. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is stuffing!

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  89. I am crazy about cranberries!! I do a "Nantucket Cranberry Pie" and homeade cranberry sauce. It's HEAVEN!!!

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  90. I live for the stuffing. I make mine with a masa cornbread. It's so yummy.
    I followed you here from Tasty Kitchen. Very nice site.

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  91. I love it all, but doesn't turkey make the meal?

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  92. My favorite Turkey day dish is my momma's marshmallow salad. Mmmmmmmm yum.

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  93. Following Bakeaholic Mama on facebook

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  95. I love to mix my stuffing, mashed taters & turkey and cover them with gravy. YUM!!

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  96. I follow Bakeaholic Mama on facebook

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  97. I follow Indigo Scones on facebook

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  98. My Mother's family is of German descent....so special holidays always include "Stuffed Cabbage Rolls". Always my favorite!

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  99. my turkey gravy is ridiculously good. i've decided a great gravy can turn a "just alright" thanksgiving dinner into a super yummy thanksgiving dinner

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  101. I'm drooling about the sweet potato casserole which has the brown sugar and pecans on top! I tried to follow Indigo Scones on fb but it said the link was broke

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  102. For Thanksgiving, my favorite is the bite that includes turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing...all dipped in gravy. Yum!

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  103. My favorite Thanksgiving bite is one that includes a bit of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing...all dipped in gravy! Yum!

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  104. I would have to say I look forward to the cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce. Oh yeah, the stuffed celery. But what about the turkey? It's all great!! Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity to participate.

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