Peppermint Brownie Cookies

It is that time of year again! I am participating in one of my all-time favorite traditions, the Rodelle Cookie Campaign!

Nothing says Christmas in our house like these Peppermint Brownie Cookies! Every year my husband and I order peppermint bark to enjoy throughout the season. You can use peppermint bark for these or white chocolate with peppermint candy crumbles. Both are delicious!

These cookies are so soft filled with melty chocolate chunk. They pair perfectly with the white chocolate and peppermint crunch! You can definitely make them smaller, but I have found that 4 oz of dough make the perfect gifting size.

The secret to the thick brownie texture is underbaking them and letting them set cooling for at least an hour before decorating.

I used Rodelle organic vanilla extract and gourmet cocoa powder. These are the two ingredients I think should always be the best quality you can find since they have the biggest flavor profile of the cookie.

I also always use salted butter. This seems very controversial in the baking world, but I love the salt with rich chocolate.

Ingredients:

1 cup of cold salted butter cut into chunks

1 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs at room temp

2 tbsp of vanilla extract

1/2 cup of baking cocoa

1 tsp of cornstarch or vanilla instant pudding

3/4 tsp of baking soda

1 1/4 cups of cake flour

1 1/4 cups of AP flour

1 cup of dark chocolate chips or chunks

1 cup of white chocolate chips or baking bars

1 cup of peppermint bark pieces or crushed candy canes

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Whip the butter and sugars together for at least 3 minutes.

Add eggs and vanilla

Whip for another 3 minutes at high speed

Next whip in your cocoa until combined

Slowly add in the flours, baking soda, and corn starch

Do not over mix, but make sure the flour is mixed in

The batter should be very thick, fold in the chocolate chips

Weigh out 4 oz of dough and roll into balls (think tennis ball size if you don’t have a scale)

Refrigerate for 15 minutes

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and give your cookies plenty of room to spread, I like to press down with my fingers to help the spread and add texture

Bake for 10 minutes

The edges should be set and the middle should look underbaked, be careful here because the bottoms burn fast in the high heat

Let cool for at least an hour

Melt the white chocolate and dip or drizzle, top with peppermint bark or crushed candies

You can store at room temp for up to 5 days

Happy baking!!!

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Spiced Apple Cider Cake

This September marks 7 years for kelliericecakes.com! It is hard to believe how much time has passed! To celebrate I made a spiced apple cider cake with thick cream cheese espresso frosting, apple butter layers, and candied pecans.

I know these layers look extra thick, but the frosting is more cream cheese and not as sweet. I wanted to have an extra creamy no bake cheese cake vibe.

I bought a roll of cake collars online. It is hard for me to decorate any other way because this is so simple and easy! I froze the cake layers, then as I built I sprinkled them with apple cider, a layer of apple butter, hearty layer of frosting and repeat. When you peel the plastic back you have a rustic mess free layer cake!

This is the PERFECT fall cake! All of the sweet spiced bites remind me of everything I love during the fall season.

Ingredients

For the cake-

1 box of spice cake

3 room temperature eggs plus 1 yolk

1 cup of apple sauce unsweet

1 cup of apple cider plus more for sprinkling on the cakes

1 tbsp of Rodelle Vanilla Paste or vanilla extract

For the frosting-

16 oz room temp cream cheese

1 stock of salted butter

1 tbsp Rodelle Vanilla Paste or vanilla extract

2 tbsp instant espresso

2 cups of powdered sugar

1/4 cup of heavy cream

2 tbsp of shortening or coconut oil

Apple butter

Candied pecans

(I found both at my local grocery store)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees

Prepare three 6 inch cake pans

Mix the cake mix, eggs, apple sauce, vanilla paste, and apple cider

Pour evenly into cake pans and bake for 20 minutes or until the middles are set

* I prefer to freeze my layers for easier building, but you are welcome to let them cool and use right away.

Beat the cream cheese, shortening, butter, espresso and vanilla paste. Slowly add the powered sugar.

I go back and forth with the cream and sugar until the frosting is thick and creamy. You just don’t want it to be too sweet.

Take one cake layer on a flat surface and wrap with a cake collar. I find them on Amazon for $10 a roll.

Use a piece of tape to secure.

Sprinkle a tsp of apple cider over the layer. Spread a layer of apple butter, top with cream cheese mix, add your next cake layer and repeat. Finish with frosting and pecan pieces.

Happy fall baking!

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Cherry Cobbler

My whole life I have loved anything with cherries. I can never understand how someone could prefer apples or peaches. This cherry cobbler is so easy to put together, but has so much flavor!

I can make this entire dessert in 30 minutes. My kids always think I am a magician. Second best part? Your entire house with smell incredible.

Something about the brown sugar with the almond extract and oats just makes it really special. You could definitely swap out for another fruit, but in my option the nothing compares to a tart cherry.

In the notes I added you can brown the butter. I definitely recommend if you have the time. It adds an extra layer of depth and nuttiness that pairs perfectly with the oats.

You can eat alone warm or top with vanilla ice cream. Fresh whipped cream would also be delicious!

Ingredients

1/4 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 cup of quick oats

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup of melted salted butter (brown the butter for extra flavor!)

1/4 cup of brown sugar

2 cans of low sugar cherry pie filling

1 tbsp of Rodelle Almond Extract

1 tbsp of Rodelle Vanilla Extract

Parchment paper and an oven friendly dish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Melt butter and add in 1 tsp cinnamon, almond extract, brown sugar, flour, oats.

Mix until you have a very dry crumble. You can even use your hands to break up the butter and sugar.

Mix together remaining cinnamon, vanilla, and cherries.

Prepare a dish with parchment. Add the cherry filling. Top with the crumble.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm!

I added the links to my favorite extracts above. You can also search the site directly or check your local Walmart! Using quality extract makes a huge difference in getting those intense flavors without an artificial aftertaste.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Cake

This is such a fun way to make chocolate cake. Deep chocolate fudge cake topped with the crackled meringue and fresh whipped cream. It is a cross between a brownie and macaron.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to try something a little different. When Patrick and I first started dating I would make a dark chocolate cake for two. This reminds me a lot of that flavor profile, but instead of icing a nice crispy meringue topper.

We used strawberries, but raspberries would be equally delicious. Between the fudge cake and meringue I drizzled hazelnut spread for a little extra richness.

Ingredients-

2 cups of dark chocolate

3/4 stick of salted butter

1/4 cup AP flour

3/4 cup of almond flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar divided

1 vanilla bean scraped or tbsp vanilla bean paste

6 eggs, 4 separated

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

Whipped cream and berries for topping

Directions-

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Melted butter and chocolate together. In sauce pan or microwave for one minute on high. Add 1/4 cup sugar and brown sugar.

Let cool slightly and whisk in two eggs plus 4 egg yolks. Add in your vanilla bean/ paste. Mix in the salt, AP flour, and almond flour.

Pour into a lined spring form pan. I used an 8in pan for height and put parchment paper down to prevent leaking.

Bake for 25 minutes or until just set enough to hold the meringue.

Warm your hazelnut spread and drizzle over the cake. This does not need to be perfect.

Whip the remaining egg whites and sugar together. Add in the cream of tartar as it whips.

Once the egg whites are glossy and slightly stiff, slowly fold in the cocoa powder. Do not mix, whip, or go to fast. This will deflate your eggs to crumbles.

Spoon over the cake and slightly spread.

Bake for another 20 minutes or until the meringue is set. It will have a slight crust to it.

Let cool and top with whipped cream and berries!

My favorite Cocoa Power is from Rodelle. You can get a giant bag that lasts forever and adds the perfect dark chocolate richness.

Sprinkles I found at Homegoods!

If you want an even more dramatic top just add two more egg whites to the meringue mix.

Enjoy!

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Caramel Espresso Chip Cookies

What is it about Christmas that just makes you crave warm cups of espresso? Or is it just me?? These cookies are inspired from one of my favorite drinks. Espresso with caramel and mocha sauce.

These chewy chocolate chip cookies have dark chocolate chips, espresso chips, and are stuffed with caramel. They are perfect for any holiday cookie exchange or late night snack!

I created these cookies as part of the #rodellebakingchallenge ! I am so excited to share their give away. If you have been following me for a while you know the Rodelle vanilla extract is my all time favorite.

Ingredients

1 stick room temperature salted butter

1/3 cup of granulated sugar

3/4 cup of light brown sugar packed

2 large eggs

1/2 cup of instant vanilla pudding mix

2 tbsp of Rodelle vanilla extract

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup espresso chips

12 chewy baking caramels

Directions

Preheat oven to 350

In a mixer whip the butter and sugars

Add in the extract, eggs and pudding mix

Slowly mix the cinnamon, baking soda and flour

Hand fold in the chips to prevent over mixing

Roll into 12 even balls

Push the caramel into the middle of each until covered

Flatten slightly to the size you like these do not spread much

Decorate with sprinkles!

If you do not have espresso chips just add another cup of dark chocolate chips and 2 tbsp of instant espresso powder

Enter to win Rodelle’s baking challenge! Follow @rodellevanilla on Instagram. Bake one of the influencer collab recipes and tag them at #rodellebakingchallenge !

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Cookies and Cream Spider Cake

We had a wild Halloween weekend filled with kids! Friday the kids dressed up and we went to a food truck event. I was so excited about my Chicago dog until I saw Patrick’s bulgogi tacos. Everything was delicious and the weather was gorgeous!

On Saturday the nephews came so we had 5 kids ranging between 6-11. They convinced me that we just had to have a cake for dessert.

When I was checking out at target I saw these unicorn chips so I already had cookie dough resting.

I baked three layers of dark chocolate cake and whipped up a true chocolate buttercream. I always use a good quality cocoa powder and salted butter. Rodelle gourmet cocoa is my favorite.

After evening out my layers, I crumbed the scraps and set them to the side. I made a vanilla buttercream and added my cake crumbs for my cookies and cream frosting.

The spider was actually super easy. I used more cake scraps and shaped it before dipping in melted chocolate. Then just piped frosting on top.

I frosted the entire cake including layers with the chocolate buttercream before going back over with the cookies and cream frosting.

Decorate any spooky way you want!

Ingredients

Chocolate cake layers from your favorite recipe or box mix

6 cups of powdered sugar

2 sticks of salted butter

1/2 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 cup of heavy cream

2 tbsp of vanilla extract

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 cup of chocolate chips melted

Sprinkles, cookies and candies for decorating

Directions

Beat 1 stick of butter, 1 tbsp of vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa powder

Add in 3 cups of powdered sugar slowly using up to 1/4 cup of cream until you have desired consistency

Mix the remaining butter, sugar and vanilla add in some crumbs from your chocolate cake scraps whip with the remaining cream until light and airy

Frost the layers and do your crumb coat with chocolate buttercream

Finish frosting with the vanilla

Use melted chocolate for web designs or your chocolate spider

Decorate as desired!

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Caramel Macchiato Brownies

caramel espresso brownies

This Labor Day weekend ended up being filled with a lot more carbs then I intended! We had a busy few days at work before I headed up to North Carolina. My best friend just had her first baby and I already love her soooo much! Unfortunately, while we celebrated a new life the real reason I was in town is because my grandmother has not been doing well. They recently transferred her to hospice care. It is so hard to see her that way.

Due to the mix of the holiday and stress (and the awesome fall weather!) I was craving everything sweet. These brownies were perfect. They have that glossy crispy top and espresso fudge center. Swirled with caramel for a delicious caramel macchiato flavor.

caramel espresso brownies

Patrick enjoyed his served with extra caramel and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is an awesome treat for celebrating or just because you need a brownie!

caramel espresso brownies

Caramel Macchiato Brownies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 10
Fudge espresso brownies with caramel swirl.
Ingredients
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups of melted chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 2 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp of instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup of caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Melt the butter and let cool slightly
  3. Mix together the eggs, vanilla bean paste, espresso powder, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder
  4. Add the chocolate and sugar to the butter and mix until smooth
  5. Add into the egg mixture (just make sure the butter has cooled enough so it won’t curdle your eggs)
  6. Mix in the flour
  7. Do not over mix
  8. Pour into a greased 9 inch baking dish
  9. Smooth out the batter and drizzle caramel on top
  10. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the batter is no longer jiggly
  11. Let rest for 1 hour before serving

caramel espresso brownies

Enjoy!

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Toasted Coconut Brown Sugar Thumbprint Cookies

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Wowee that was a mouth full! This chewy brown sugar cookies are rolled in coconut then toasted to perfection before filling the middle with chocolate hazelnut spread. These cookies stayed perfectly soft and chewy for several days after baking! I honestly liked them even better the day after baking. They were delicious warm from the oven, but the brown sugar was so much more prominent the following day.

christmas cookies

If you aren’t a fan of coconut you can easily skip it, but I looooooved toasted coconut! Rodelle launched another cookie campaign this year and I am so excited to be a part of it! A lot of the brand ambassadors came together to bring you Cookies By The Dozen ! Check out the link to see all the other cookie recipes!

Cookie with Rodelle

These are easy to package for gift giving! While the center never truly sets you can layer with parchment paper to avoid a mess. I think they look amazing in cookie tins. I used a healthy amount of Rodelle Vanilla Extract and a sprinkle of the Rodelle Organic Cocoa. These cookies remind me of a super soft chocolate chip cookie, minus the chocolate chips!

Cookie with Rodelle

Cookie with Rodelle

 

Toasted Coconut Brown Sugar Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 12-18
Chewy brown sugar cookies rolled in toasted coconut topped with chocolate hazelnut filling.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 cups of sweet coconut shredded
  • 3 eggs room temp
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp of Rodelle Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a mixture combined the sugars and butter on medium speed for several minutes until very fluffy
  3. Add in 1 egg and the vanilla extract
  4. Add in the flour, cornstarch and salt until just combined
  5. Roll the dough into uniform balls and place on a baking mat or parchment paper in a pan
  6. In a bowl mix the remaining eggs
  7. In another bowl add the coconut
  8. Dip each dough ball into the egg then the coconut
  9. Place on the baking sheet and freeze for 3-5 minutes
  10. Use your finger or a spoon to make an indention in each dough ball
  11. Bake for 8-10 minutes
  12. Just until the coconut starts to toast do not over bake
  13. Let cool then add a spoonful of chocolate hazelnut spread into the indention of each cookie
  14. Sprinkle with cocoa powder

Cookie with Rodelle

Don’t forget to check out all the other recipes! Happy baking!

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Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are my all time favorite snack. I love the bakery style muffins with the sugary tops! Big juicy pieces of fruit in every bite make them healthy though… right?

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

When I partnered with Macon Appliance Mart I knew I wanted to incorporate my favorite blueberry muffin recipe. This time I added pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to give it some fall vibes. I’ve always loved mixing blueberry pie filling with frozen or fresh blueberries for a little extra sweetness! These jumbo muffins will be a breakfast (or snack!) to remember this holiday season!

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

I’m just going to keep this post short and sweet because these really are just so simple! This is one of my favorite recipes to pull out when we have company. Most of the time we have the ingredients in the pantry and it is super easy to throw them together!

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins
Recipe Type: Muffins, Breakfast
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 6-8
Bakery style jumbo pumpkin blueberry muffins.
Ingredients
  • 1 can of blueberry pie filling (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 cups of AP flour
  • 1 stick of soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1/2 cup of milk room temp
  • extra sugar or brown sugar for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl stir the butter and sugar
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla
  4. Mix in the pumpkin
  5. Add the blueberry filling and frozen/fresh blueberries
  6. Mix in the dry ingredients on low – flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt
  7. Finish with the milk and stir lightly until just combined
  8. Pour into jumbo muffin tins
  9. Top with sugar
  10. Bake until golden brown about 20-25 minutes

Just a few tips to make sure they come out perfect every time!

As you know I was lucky enough to bake these muffins in a Viking Range kitchen. I tried baking them in a convection oven and a regular oven both at 350. The muffins almost doubled in size in the convection oven and were so light and airy. They came out slightly denser in the regular oven, but were super moist. I think the moral of the story is Viking just has awesome ovens, but if you have access to a convection oven definitely try it out!

Room temp ingredients – this always works for me. When ingredients are all the same temperature they just mix together so easy.

Rising the pie filling- I know this part seems strange, but I promise it is important! One you are taking off all that extra sugar and two you are controlling the moisture you are adding into the batter.

Fresh or frozen blueberries? Honestly either work just fine. I personally buy fresh blueberries then freeze them. I want them to hold their shape as long as possible in the muffins.

Final sprinkle of sugar- natural sugar works the best, but I usually use brown sugar just because I always have it on hand.

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

I hope you enjoy!!!

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Chocolate Ganache Cake

chocolate ganache cake

Chocolate ganache cake is one of those desserts you save for a celebration. Layers of moist fudge cake with a hint of espresso, silky chocolate buttercream, and espresso chocolate ganache swirled all over the rest of the cake. Every bite is rich without being overly sweet.

chocolate ganache cake

I first made this cake for my cooking demo at Macon Appliance Mart. The day was so packed and fast paced that I completely forgot to take pictures of the cake once it had been sliced. I can’t believe the demo was already 3 weeks ago! You guys have overwhelmed me with support and love!

viking range kitchen

It is so funny to look back to when LT ( owner of Macon Appliance Mart and my very best friend) and I were 18. We have always had huge dreams and encouraged each other to push ourselves. At the time he was in electronic sales and I was an office manager at a high end boutique. We both knew there were big things in our futures. The best part is I don’t think we have ever been competitive. Just a perfect support system.

viking range kitchen

Fast forward to 30(ish) and he is a business owner with a beautiful wife (aka my new best friend ha!), two little fur babies, and still gives the best advice. While I took a much different path when I moved away from him to Atlanta, GA to become an interior designer and somehow ended up in his footsteps in Electronic Sales. Currently, I am a sales manager sharing my life with Patrick, his two great kids, and our 4 fur children all while building the Kelliericecakes brand.

All the pictures above were taken at the demo in the Macon Appliance Mart Viking Range Kitchen. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing opportunity to do what I love while partnering with my best friend!

Since I forgot to take pictures at the event I decided to recreate this cake with a spooky theme!

chocolate ganache cake

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Chocolate Ganache Cake
Recipe Type: Baking, Dessert
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 6
Moist chocolate cake with a hint of espresso, silky chocolate buttercream, rich espresso ganache.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup of AP flour
  • 3/4 cup of high quality cocoa powder ( I used Rodelle Organic Cocoa Powder)
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups of boiling water plus 1 pack of instant espresso
  • Buttercream:
  • 1 stick of soft butter
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla or chocolate extract
  • 1/4 cup of cream
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • Ganache:
  • 4 oz of chopped semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 1 tsp of instant espresso or coffee extract
  • Optional:
  • Sugar cookies, spooky candy, marshmallow, oreos
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray three 6 inch pans or two 8 inch pans to prep
  3. In a large mixing boil add the sugar, eggs, oil, extract.
  4. Mix together the remaining dry ingredients and add in mixing slowly.
  5. Pour in the espresso water very very slowly.
  6. If using a mixer you may need to scrap the bottom and sides to fully incorporate all the dry ingredients.
  7. Batter will be thin.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until set.
  9. For the buttercream:
  10. Mix the butter and 1 cup of sugar
  11. Add the extract and cocoa powder
  12. Alternate the remaining sugar and cream until desired consistancy
  13. Should be thicker than whipped cream, but easy to spread
  14. For the ganache:
  15. Pour the espresso, chocolate and cream into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until chocolate is smooth.
  16. After the layers have cooled
  17. Level them off with a knife and spread buttercream in between layers
  18. Spread a very thin layer of butter cream over the cake to crumb coat
  19. Leave in the freezer or fridge for 15 minutes to set
  20. Spread cooled ganache over the cake. (important to cool or your cake will melt all over)
  21. For the decorating:
  22. I made a tombstone and men out of sugar cookie dough
  23. I pulsed oreos into a “dirt”
  24. For the marshmallows I melted 2 cups and just pulled pieces with my fingers (warning!!! very messy!!!!)
  25. I used remaining cake pieces for form a grave
  26. Be creative! Or just eat as is!

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Enjoy!!!!! And don’t forget to check out Macon Appliance Mart if you are in the Western North Carolina area!

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