We’re all craving something sweet and soothing during the quarantine. So why not try out that banana bread recipe that's been hanging on your fridge for over two years now? I mean, the ten boxes of eggs, aka your coronapocalypse hoard, ain't gonna bake themselves.

The pans are flying in no time and the solo baking show is on. The timer goes off and there you have it—a doughy monstrosity and impressive baking fail. Bored Panda has collected the most unsuccessful attempts right down below that will hopefully spark your inner chef, because whatever you make… it can’t be that bad. Been there, baked that? Share your quarantine bake-off stories in the comments! 

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Just don’t ask...

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Rem
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5 months ago

It's grown a tentacle

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AJu
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5 months ago

Laughed very much at the caption :D

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Bill
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5 months ago

"Its a its aaah rocket ship.yeah a rocketship. " "Death to Smoochie" a great adult humor Robin Williams movie

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You’re not the only one considering making banana bread. The global pandemic has turned many into avid home bakers. In fact, there are so many of them that suppliers have been forced to increase production.

Bloomberg reports that baking staples have become a sort-of luxury. Baking yeast sales were up 457% over last year for the week ending March 28. Flour was up 155%, butter up 73%, baking powder up 178%, and eggs up 48%.

Robert Harper, the president at Hopkinsville Milling Co., said the company is packing twice as much flour as usual. Harper commented: “It started to look like Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one. People have time on their hands and are trying to save some money.”

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

Cut them up post bake when they’re still a little soft. Or if they’re a little hard crumble them up into large chunks and sprinkle on ice cream. Nom.

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My make-shift attempt at making a bunny failed me, but I think I baked a fat cat instead? 

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Mark
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5 months ago

Thinks first picture was the after, looks at second picture, what the hell!!!!

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Vicky Zar
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5 months ago

How can you forget flour? Its the main ingredient most of the time

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Bored Panda contacted Beth Coombes, a professional pastry chef and the owner of bespoke bakery Pili Pala Cakehouse, who told us about everything you need to know to bake in quarantine like a pro.

Beth suggests always reading your recipe in full before just going for it. “Baking is such a science and things must be done in the correct order to achieve the end result you want,” she explained. Plus, always weigh your ingredients before starting so you can concentrate on the method while making it.

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So...this looked to be baking perfectly and happily in the oven...this was the surprise on the other side

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Shirin Hashim
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5 months ago

Was it trying to escape?

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“Ummm....are the cinnamon buns supposed to try and escape from the pan?

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Human #1,232,867
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5 months ago

Love it, look so cool!

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Epextecation vs reality

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rai mei
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5 months ago

it's still cute :)

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The pastry chef named a couple of beginner’s mistakes that are best to avoid. One of the most common ones is setting the oven to the right temperature. “Cakes cook on so many different temperatures to get different results, so don’t think 'ah, this temp will do,' as it might not work, and you’ll learn that the hard way.”

Another common mistake that anyone who is new to baking could make is simply not knowing the technique. “For example, 'beating' or 'folding' techniques. If you’re not sure what a word means, give it a little google first and you’ll be good to go.”

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Miss Cris
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5 months ago

You can use them in a barbecue now!

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Miss Cris
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5 months ago

It looks delicious anyway

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Rissie
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5 months ago

But how? It really isn't that hard...

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If you can decide on a recipe to try out when in quarantine, Beth has shared her super-easy salted caramel brownies recipe with all the Pandas out there. The ingredients you’ll need are: 170g dark chocolate, 170g unsalted butter, 3 eggs, 225g caster sugar, 50g cocoa, 50g plain flour, ½ tsp sea salt, 100g salted caramel.

“Preheat your oven to 150℃ and line a 11”/8” tin. First, melt the chocolate and butter together and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Then, whisk your eggs and sugar together until combined before adding your chocolatey butter mixture. Continue to gently whisk until it all comes together, then add your cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Fold this together, to make sure it’s all smooth and combined—it will be super-thick and shiny.”

“Lastly, add half of your salted caramel to the brownie, fold, and combine. Pour this in the tin, then drizzle and swirl the other half through the brownie. Give it a couple of taps on the table to level it out and bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes.” 

“Once ready, it should still be a little wobbly in the center, but crusted and set around the edges. You must leave this to cool for a few hours before cutting into squares and indulging—trust me, it will totally be worth it!” Bon appetit!

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Baking fail. My macarons exploded and didn’t grow feet. I’m pretty sure it had to do with my almond flour. I made my own and I think it was too moist. I haven’t been able to find ready made almond flour but almonds are readily available. I’m gonna try again

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Miss Cris
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5 months ago

Macarons are very difficult to do. Yours look arty in some way.

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In my attempt at making pizza, i discovered my yeast had expired in 2010. And the supermarkets had ran out of yeast. Then I read about making yeast from dried fruit. I used dried longan and here is an interesting outcome. The dough was stretchy and after baking, I ended up with a very pleasant tasting crispy and slightly chewy sweetish flatbread. It went really well with crunchy peanut butter

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Emperor Kitten
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5 months ago

Or make a sourdough starter. You won't get your pizza for a week, but it'll be awesome.

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

Failed rainbow cookies look like cool mined gem cookies.

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Sadly my challahday easter bunny didn't quite work out. Seems to have come down with some hip dysplasia, ear disconnection, and a touch of elephantiasis in the oven... I think the main culprits here were uneven working of the various strands, slight underproofing, and perhaps some rusty baking skills. Next time..

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ZombieGirl
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5 months ago

It actually doesn't look too bad

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Nawal Wali
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5 months ago

That oval is going to be me by the end of all this

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Perfumista Perfumista
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5 months ago

You've been burning

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A bit too much of baking soda

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Mark
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5 months ago

Congratulations you made..........................a mess!

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Sweet f’n dreams people!!

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Nawal Wali
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5 months ago

This ones seen things

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I think I made the peanut butter cookies a bit too big.

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Johnny Farnen
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5 months ago

No such thing as a peanut butter cookie made too big.

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He’s baaaaaa-ck! 3. Oh no!! 4. Sleepy sheepy

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Mark
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5 months ago

Googly eyes would have helped along with a derpy smile.

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Collin Lyle
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5 months ago

Baking is science, lol

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I tried to make pretzels and they went MUTANT 

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Tabitha L
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5 months ago

Yummy. Pretzel rolls!!

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Miss Cris
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5 months ago

Oven in a too low temperature

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i am normally a good baker. i found a recipe for egg custard pie. i told my husband 2 go 2 the store to get the ingredients (only 1 person per family is allowed in the store and i cannot be trusted because i come home with a whole bunch of junk food lol). 1 of the ingredients were pie crust, i told him the pie crust are in the refrigerated section near the eggs and where the cookie dough is. he came home with pie crust from the freezer in a pie plate already....i have never seen these in my life and the pie dish was not deep. this was the outcome of using pie crust i have never made before. apparently the egg custard somehow got under the pie crusts while baking, and that big bubble in the middle is the pie crust

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Maiun
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5 months ago

Lesson 1. Make your own pie crust. Lesson 2. Pastry formula: half fat to flour. EG. 8 oz flour 4 oz fat. Lesson 3. Use butter, freeze it, grate it into the flour, cut together with a butter knife, add COLD water( 1/4 to 1/2 a cup) gradually, stirring gently until dough comes together, leave in fridge for 30 mins before rolling out (this lets the gluten in the flour relax and stops the pastry being tough) Enjoy

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rai mei
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5 months ago

ummm.. too much heat?

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Adam C
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5 months ago (edited)

But why use a 30 year old dough?

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Oaklynn Emberly
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5 months ago

This are the kind of pictures that you just keep laughing at even though you can’t figure out what exactly is so funny about them.

Esca Sav
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5 months ago

LOL, THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS ARE KILLING ME FOR SOME REASON BUT I CANT PUT MY FINGER ON WHY

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George Hudacko
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5 months ago

Mouse turd cookies?

Adreana Davis
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5 months ago

come on guys these cookies can't be in quarantine any longer, they can't social distance!

Magpie
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5 months ago

Looks fine to me. Never met a cookie too big.;p

Eloise
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5 months ago

A trypophobe’s dream. Nightmare.

Doggo Georgia
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5 months ago

Omg that looks so yummy! Give me one!

Vanessa Sorensen
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5 months ago

The gathering of the nuts in it....😭it looks like an ok cake, anyway.

jo Philbin
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5 months ago

Don't worry this happens to many many people! Sometimes it can be that the fat content was particularly high, sometimes the dough wasn't cold enough, sometimes they weren't far enough apart... Sometimes cookies just wanna spread their wings and who are we to stop them?

Kathryn Perea
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5 months ago

Did you try to make cookies or bread? The first pic looks like bread... either way...I would eat it!!!

Bored Birgit
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5 months ago

Are there bird seeds on top?

Cindy Snow
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5 months ago

Lol saaaaame

Spring Fisk
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5 months ago

It was a good first try. Keep trying.

Allison McCulloch
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5 months ago

Um, that looks good!

Ava Lewis
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5 months ago

turn it into a cookie cake I would still eat them :)

Mumof1
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5 months ago

It's a cut-and-come-again cookie.

Kimberley Thomas
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5 months ago

Those better be nuts and not roaches or burnt teeth.

Kim Lorton
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5 months ago

Mouscaturds!

VIRGINIA Parker
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5 months ago

This one isn't bad I could cut this into pieces.

Marek Cieślik
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5 months ago

Kudos for finding a way to bake coronavirus colonies.

Santana martin
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5 months ago

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Santana martin
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5 months ago

Yess you can

Anna roberts
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5 months ago

Birdseed? Buckshot?

Moony
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5 months ago

did they taste ok?

Nicole Bowman
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5 months ago

Stick the thinnest part into bowls of ice cream. No one would really know. Maybe they won't be too crunchy?

EtherealSponge
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5 months ago

I can’t honestly tell what I’m looking at. Is it a cookie? Is it cornbread? Cake?

Kaytal Johnson
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5 months ago

Lol okay I am officially done... this is too much in one night 😂🤦‍♀️ why are all the chocolates? nuts?raisins? all together like alpha's hoard? I'm sure it tastes real nice by the way.👍

zims
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5 months ago

Oh hush, they look delicious. Tell people they're a pan cookie and let them cut their own sizes.

Carol Zielke
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5 months ago

looks like shrapnel

melbfk
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5 months ago

I'd probably eat those.

melanie bly
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5 months ago

Hey, creat cookie sandwiches!

Jasmina Pavlovic
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5 months ago

That look like seeds ... or cookies??? Idk ... 🤣

Garth Robinson
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5 months ago

I luv your baking, just like the cookies luved each other.

Chris DiFonso
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5 months ago

It's not really that bad

Mary Jaye
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5 months ago

better than me.

Edie Hart
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5 months ago

Try adding about 1/4 to 1/2 cup more flour to your chocolate chip cookie recipe

Id row
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5 months ago

Chill your dough for 30 to 60 minutes next time before baking and add 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar to the dough. Will make them look like you got them from a bakery.

AQUINNAH POLOZOLA
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5 months ago

idk abt u, but that looks delicious

Quinn Adaire
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5 months ago

What even is this why what who why

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
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5 months ago

Did you skimp on flour, shortage and all?

Barbara Floyd
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5 months ago

Too much butter. Also, mix your wet ingredients together and then when you add the dry just combine until blended. If you over mix this can happen also.

Kathleen Pinney
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5 months ago

It looks like the baker cut the dog's toenails and used them for garnish. Ick!

Joyce Deering
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5 months ago

Nice 'melted cookie'. Hey! I'd eat this in a heartbeat.

Patty Leaton
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5 months ago

is it a cake or bread

Pretty Pangolin
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5 months ago

I think it's chocolate-chip cookies that fused together.

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Den Star
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5 months ago

I can't either! But I can do other stuff and so can you!

Frozengeckolover
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5 months ago

But does it taste good?

Lucinda Guerra
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5 months ago

after they bake you could of cut them like bars then all is good..

Anna-Marie Buchner
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5 months ago

hahahaha

Monica Kimball
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5 months ago

Dog toenail bread??

d bradley
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5 months ago

by any chance were you clipping your dog's nails when you were making this?

Sue_Doe
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5 months ago

Oh, but you can bake for shit! All food is shit, regardless of aesthetics.

Lea Springstead
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5 months ago

mmm uni-cookie

Adam C
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5 months ago

Look ok.

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read041
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5 months ago

WHY?! Do you want the cookie to taste like soap?!

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