Key Lime Tarts

This recipe can be easily doubled to make as many tarts as you need.

Total Time:
27 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
24 tarts
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 24 Key Lime Cooler cookies
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, preferably Key lime
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Fresh sweetened whipped cream
  • Mint leaves or lime zest, for garnish
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Fill 2 (12-muffin) mini muffin tins with paper cups and spray cups with cooking spray. Place 1 Key Lime Cooler cookie in the bottom of each cup, flat side down.

Prepare filling. Beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, lime juice, and zest until well mixed. Fill the cups to the top. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove tarts to cool. When completely cool, fit a star tip in a pastry bag and fill with the whipped cream. Pipe the whipped cream on top of the tarts. Garnish with tiny mint leaves or lime zest.


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Soooo easy and good. Couldn't find key lime coolers, so crushed Moravian Meyer Lemon cookies (perfect) and made the crust. Crowd pleaser, delicious, easy, attractive, inexpensive. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, but mine sank in the middle to almost flat. I followed the recipe exactly. I beat the filling with a hand mixer until there was no sign of any lumps. Should I have done something differently? I will fill the holes with whipped cream and hope no one complains, but I'm kind of disappointed with the appearance. I used Myers Lemon Thins (Trader Joe's, crushed finely and mixed with butter. I cooked the crusts for 5 minutes and let them cool for about 4 hours before preparing the filling. Still contemplating what went wrong. . . item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made these tarts many times and they're always a hit. I use Geraldines Key Lime coolers. They are the perfect size and can be bought at Beall's Dept. stores here in the south. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SOOOO good! I couldn't find the key lime coolers either but used mini nilla wafers! Delish and a huge hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What did I do wrong? I followed the recipe except for the cookie part; I used ground-up Girl Scout Thin mints instead of the suggested key lime cookie. I baked them for 10 minutes (my oven gets really hot. They were puffed up to the top of the muffin cup when I pulled them out. I sat them out to cool and they all deflated like bad souffles. Suggestions? Maybe they needed to cook longer? They taste good, look awful and don't come out of the muffin cup easily even though I sprayed the cups w/ Baker's Joy. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy. I used some homemade ginger cookies to make the crust - simply processed with some melted butter and pressed into the bottom of the liner. Great flavor combo this way! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy! I made 12 cupcake size tarts, cooked them for 20 minutes and they came out really well. I did have to double the recipe to fill all of the 12 cupcake paper cups to the top. For the crust, I could not find the key lime cooler flat cookies, but did find key lime cooler twist cookies at my local grocery store. I processed all of the cookies in a food processor mixed with melted butter and pressed the crumbs into the cupcake paper cups. These were a huge hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were fantastic! Huge hit at a baby shower. For the crust I used crushed Key Lime Cookie Straws from Target, just dropped the crumbs in the bottom of the liners. Also just before they were done I put a cheesecake topping on them, from a cheesecake cookbook. Mix 1/4c sour cream,1/8c sugar,1/4t vanilla,2t key lime juice mixed well and spread on top then baked the final 3 minutes. The topping fills in the sunken middle and makes them look perfect. The filling was so good and so pretty! I found the mini foil liners at Michaels and sprayed them like crazy with Pam. They came out of the liners very easily.This is a definate keeper, especially when you don't want an overly sweet dessert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are awesome! I made them, but rather than the cookie in the bottom, I just used refrigerated pie dough, cut them to fit in my mini muffin tins, filled them up and baked them. I sprayed Pam into each tin, and when they were done, I simply slid them out of the tins. Mmmmm! Fresh key lime pie in a small serving. Wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed something easy to prepare for a benefit evening. This was the hit of the night! I made a couple slight changes. I made them in regular size cups which made 12 instead of 24 and I had to make a substitute for the Key Lime Cooler cookies which I could not located. On a whim, I used powdered donut holes and cut them in half. It provided a really unique base and texture. This one is going in my permanent recipe book. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these tarts for a party and they were a hit! I found key lime cookies at The Fresh Market and they fit perfect into regular baking cups. I baked them 20 minutes to account for the larger size. These tarts are much better after they have been in the fridge for 8 hours. Before the party, I peeled off the paper liners, used canned whipped cream (Reddi-Whip) on top and added a 1/2 slice of key lime. VERY easy to make and everyone loves them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great easy dessert. Generally have the ingredients on hand. (Although, I usually substitute graham crackers crumbs and make them in "regular sized" muffin tins.) We love topping these with fresh strawberries. Nice to have smaller portions instead of one large cheesecake (feels less guilt). Frequent requests to bring these to parties. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted graham cracker crumbs for the Key Lime Coolers. I could not find them in my area. I also used Low fat cream cheese and Nellie and Joes Famous Key Lime juice as I could not find any fresh, but the taste did not lack at all! My tarts were flat in the middle and not very pretty, but I put a dollop of whipped cream on top and you couldn't even tell the difference. Everyone raved over them! I give this recipe an A+ item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was not only easy to follow, but also easy to substitute. Like many other reviewers, I had a lot of trouble locating the lime cooler cookies, so I just bought some Nilla wafers, mixed in some butter sugar and pressed them into the cups and voila! I will definitely be making these again very soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I HAVE HAD THIS RECIPE SINCE PAULA FIRST MADE IT, BUT LIKE EVERYONE, I WANTED THE REAL KEY LIME COOLER COOKIES. JUST BOUGHT THEM @ OF ALL PLACES, PIER 1. I LOVE KEY LIME, & MAKE THE PIE FREQUENTLY. I ALSO HAVE A MINI CHEESCAKE TIN----LIKE A MINI MUFFIN TIN WITH PUSH UP BOTTOMS---LIKE A SPRINGFORM. WILL TRY USING THE NEXT TIME SO AS NOT TO HAVE TO USE PAM/PAPERS. ALSO, YOU CAN BUY NELLIE & JOE'S KEY LIME JUICE IN THE FOOD STORE. INCREDIBLY DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELICIOUS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used Target's Archer Farms Key Lime Cookie Straws. They are exactly like the key lime cooler cookies except they are long instead of round like cookies. I crushed the whole bag between waxed paper using a rolling pin, added approx. 1/3 stick of melted margarine and then pressed them into the muffin cups. It worked great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are one of the most delicious desserts I've tasted yet. The only thing is, they come out a bit watery (at least for me) so I'd make them a day in advance and refrigerate them. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ive made these a number of times now and they always come out beautiful and delicious. Plus i never have any left over! You can fancy them up with the whip cream and any type of garnish, either way their bound to be eaten. Simple to follow, easy to make and just delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for an appetizer party along with Paula's "Shrimp Salad in Phyllo Cups". These tarts were so so good. People raved and had more than one. I made them with fat free cream cheese and fat free cool whip. I couldn't find any key lime cookies - so I did what another reviewer did and added some lime juice and zest to a ready made sugar cookie dough. Also - didn't have a mini muffin pan so just just the regular and made 12 large tarts. (The Shrimp Salad was also a huge hit) item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great and easy dessert! I couldn't find the Key Lime Cooler cookies so used mini Nilla wafers...They turned out great! I would highly recommend! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I hosted a Margaritaville party for my boyfriend's 30th birthday and what's Margaritaville and Key West without Key Lime Pie?? Soooo, I made these tarts and they were absolutely fabulous! And for those of you who can't find the Key Lime Coolers, I found the perfect substitute: Key Lime Twists from Target. I crushed them up, mixed them with a tad bit of melted butter to hold the crumbs together (like you would do a graham cracker crust) and smashed them into the bottom of the cupcake paper. Perfecto! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love to make these little tarts for potlucks and BBQ's on the beach because they are so easy to make and are usually the first thing to get eaten up. I couldn't find the key lime cookies listed in the recipe, so I just use mini nilla wafers instead and it works out great. Sometimes I find key lime desserts to be a little too tart, but I didn't find that at all with this recipe. Overall a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
BETTER AFTER SETTING IN THE FRIDGE. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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This receipe is so simple to make, and everyone LOVES them so I've had to start making them for all our church functions. I only gave 4 stars because until I watched the episode on TV I had no idea the Key Lime Coolers were Byrd cookies, also finding the mini cupcake papers was a job. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for a easter cookout. They were very quick and easy to make, and they were good. NOthing great... but okay and all the kids liked them. Id make again if i was asked to bring a dessert at last minute. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love to cook, but not a big baker. These are so super simple and delicious. Be careful they are addicitive. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy and delicious! Perfect little key lime tarts! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for a shower and they were a big hit. Very easy to make, beautiful and delicious. It was a little difficult to find the Key Lime Cooler cookies, but worth the effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a light and refreshing dessert... a great change from the typical brownies and cookies! It is also incredibly quick and easy to prepare. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't find key-lime coolers and used sandies instead... also very delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an easy recipe and a crowd pleaser. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These little Key Lime Tarts are delicious! My husband and friends simply loved them. I couldn't find the Key Lime Cooler Cookies locally; however, I Googled the name of the cookies and found a wonderful recipe. Thank you Paula -- you're the greatest! MFC item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an awesome recipe!! It was delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
After searching all over for the key lime coolers, I finally found them at a small kitchen store for a BIG price. The tarts were wonderful though. However, the other times that I've made these, I used a graham cracker mixture instead of the cooler and they are equally delicious! (No need to bake the crust before you fill them - bake them all at once). AND PLEASE use Key Limes. It makes all the difference in the world. Thanks again Paula - you're the best!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great. I did not have a muffin pan so i decided to make it into a pie instead and my husband just LOVED it! Thanx paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have enjoyed these Key Lime Cooler cookies for years since we discovered them in a gift shop on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Planning a trip to Jekyll and then up to Pennsylvania for a birthday celebration we incorporated this recipe into the menu for the birthday celebration. Very easy to make and everyone raved about the taste. They weren't as pretty as Paula's but we disguised them with the whipped topping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!!!! So Good!!!!! These things barely made it to the picinic. I could not stop eating them. I could have sat and ate every single one. I could not find the lime cookies though so I used nilla wafers and made a crust in the bottom of each mini tin. Perfect!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These tarts are SO good!! I have made them several times for parties and special occasions. Everyone loves them! I do change the recipe slightly by using mini graham cracker crusts (the recipe makes approx. 8 tarts) and then baking them a little longer...20-22 minutes) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an easy, elegant and delicious recipe. I decided to make these last-minute, so I didn't have time to order cookies from Byrd. I did, however, find delicious key lime and white chocolate chip cookies that were the size of vanilla wafers and they worked perfectly in regular-sized muffin tins (I just increased the baking time to about 16 minutes). The cookies were by Immaculate Baking Co. and were called Key Largo Lime. They were $2.99 for a 7 oz. package -- about 30 cookies. I didn't have any foil liners, so used paper liners, but per the tips of other reviewers, I spread heavily with Bakers Joy and put them into the freezer after they cooled a bit. They released from the liners beautifully. Thanks, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy and great taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a big key lime fan and love this recipe it is soo easy. You can even more lime for your specific taste!! Its a definite do again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These tarts were heavenly. My guests raved and raved about them. Everyone asked for the recipe. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband, Carlton said this was good enough to slap your mama for and since no one is better than mom that's darn good. But no kidding aside they were easy to prepare and boy they were great tasting. The grands helped me make them and they are 10,5,4. ...we have a lot of fun cooking together just like I had with both my daughters.. Debbie,Blackville item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow.. these were great like mini cheesecakes. I used lemon coolers from the girl scouts they worked out well. I had to trim them up a bit, but well worth it. They came out really good. Way to go Paula you are the "Best" item not reviewed by moderator and published
THESE LITTLE TARTS ARE WONDERFUL. I COULDN'T FIND ANY KEY LIME COOKIES IN MY STORES, SO I USED LORNA DOONE SHORTBREAD COOKIES, CRUSHED THEM UP, ADDED A LITTLE BUTTER AND SUGAR TO MAKE LITTLE COOKIE CRUSTS AND PRESSED IT INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE LINERS...THEY TURNED OUT PERFECT. I CAN'T IMAGINE THEM BEING BETTER WITH THE KEY LIME COOKIES. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not only are these easy to make your guests will love them, no messy cutting pie just one bite treats. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these for several parties and have had nothing but rave reviews. They whip up fast and easy and taste great. Greased muffin cups are a definite must as they are difficult to remove from pan without liners. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy!! I couldn't wait to make this for my family and friends who love key lime "anything". We all savored these delicate tarts. I did; however, make the key lime cooler cookies from scratch and I topped some tarts with whipped cream and some with a key lime glaze. Great tip to spray baking cups with cooking spray! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I ordered the Key Lime Coolers from Byrd's, along with their Butter Thins. Both cookies are excellent; I was, however a little disappointed in the condition I received them. When making the tarts, I sprayed the muffin paper-liners quite heavily with Bakers' Joy and still they did not release easily from the tart. Next batch I'll use the foil type -but still spray. The Tarts were "out of this world". My family who were visiting loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought these were delicious, and a perfect bite-size dessert. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious and very fast to make. Everyone raved about them. I used mini vanilla wafers as we cannot get the key lime cookies where we live. They worked out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found the recipe easy to make, and the taste is 110% better than any other Key Lime recipes. You can substitute Splendor for sugar and us Lite Cool Whip for the topping. I'm diabetic so this is great for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the best! I order several tins of the cookies from Amazon.com and keep them on hand, but have recently found them at several gourmet food stores. SPRAY the liners well, these have a tendency to stick to the paper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe. Found recipe for lime cooler cookies at www.fooddownunder.com so made my own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these last night and learned it is not a good idea to try these if you do not have the paper liners. Even in the non-stick pans they didn't come out well and didn't look so great. But the good news was they still tasted great, and they were VERY easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Couldn't find coolers so adapted with key lime white chocolate chip cookies that I broke into small pieces. Met with rave reviews on two occasions. Quick and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cool and refreshing item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my Mom while she visited us from Oregon! They were a huge hit!! Doing the French Toast Casserole for breakfast....I already know it will be great.....it's Paula's recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
beware of byrd cookie company. I had the most awful customer service from them. But the tarts were good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used girl scout lemon cookies, as I couldn't find the lime coolers. I also used regular sized cupcake pan. They were not set enough. I wouldn't go to the trouble to try these again even if I could find the lime cooler cookies item not reviewed by moderator and published
these tarts just are wonderful, they only take a few minutes and look like you spent a million minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so good and easy. I found key lime cookies that only fit in the regular muffin pan and they turned out well. I even tried pecan sandies, but they didn't do as well as the key lime cookies. Will make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, you never fail to impress me with your recipes! This one is a keeper, made it for my Granddaughters Christening this weekend and they were a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't make enough, they are gone before I know it! I used key lime cookies, but I crushed them and added butter to make a crust, just because I couldn't find small enough cookies! They are the best and now I make them for everything because they are so easy and you make them the day before! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great refreshing desert after a big meal. The key lime cooler cookies are the secret to the great taste of the tarts. I used Crisco Baking spray on each cupcake paper, served them chilled and had no problems getting the paper off. Served these at a pre-NASCAR picnic and everyone raved about them. Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of the best things I have ever tasted in my life! It was SO easy and quick to make, and the results were INCREDIBLE. These would be excellent to take to potlucks or picnics. I couldn't find the cookies the recipe called for, so I used Archway Bed & Breakfast Crispy Classics Key Lime Fruit Center cookies. I found these at Vons, and I used regular sized muffin cups. If you like cheesecake, and/or lime, you DEFINETLY have to try these! YUM! Easy and quick to make, and definetly satisfying! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made for a dinner party. Worked amazingly well with a heavy dinner. They were light and refreshing. Made with mini vanilla wafers, so yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These tarts are quick and very tasty. I used them for a catering and they went over very well. I couldnt find the key-lime cookies, so I just used the batter. I will try with vanilla wafers next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was incredibly easy to make. I did have a hard time finding key lime coolers, so I substitued it with key lime white chocolate cookies and it was great!!! I brought it to a dinner party and it was a big hit with everyone. My mother in law now thinks I'm a great cook :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for Easter meal at the in-laws and they were a big hit. We tweaked the the recipie a bit and added some melted chocolate to the cookies before pouring the creamcheese mixture over. The chocolate added a great flavor contrast to the lime. item not reviewed by moderator and published
my family loved them. i made them for a girls night they loved them. i could not find key lime cookies at the local store so, a friend suggested look a trader joe's. Trader Joe's carries a white chocolate chip key lime cookie. I put them in the food processor, ground them up, added alittle butter and used that for my crust. try it,they were fab. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Where do I find key lime cookies? Is there a recipe for them? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good but could not find the cookies. Would be nice to be able to do this. Used Vanilla Wafers. Very Very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe - delicious, easy, & elegant! I made them a 2nd time with the following substitutions, & came out with 2 recipes: Substitute Lemon cooler cookies, lemon juice, & lemon zest for lemon tarts. Thank you, Paula!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simplistic splendor abounds in this 5-step wonderful delight. My sister and I attacked this recipe at 9pm and we were eating the tarts by 9:30pm. Our tarts were a little bigger due to a lack of equipment(we used a 12-count regular muffin pan) so each tart had 2 coolers at the bottom. They were just twice as good! The coolers turn into a nice chewy crust with a rich,creamy,tangy lime center. I feel more lime juice can be added but my sister feels the blend is just right... either way they are delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wonderful easy recipe for entertaining item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't find the cookies so I made them from scratch. It was worth it...they were wonderful!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I ordered the Byrd's cookie s- although I am sure a substiution would have worked just as well. Followed the recipe exactly - it turned out perfect! If you love Key Lime anything - you'll love these! They almost have a cheesecake texture - and I don't even like chesecake. Hardest part is NOT eating all the cookies in the tin before you manke this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I made these for my son & daughter in law's wedding reception and they were a HUGE hit! I live in a small town though & had trouble finding the lime cooler cookies, so I used the new miniature vanilla wafers instead. They worked great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The tarts were even better than I imagined. I've been experimenting to make them presentable. You MUST use tin foil cups and spray them with Pam and Byrd's cookies. If you do not use Byrd's the crust does not come out right. The first time, I used William Sonoma's cookies but the were too little,round and hard. I found the Byrd cookies at Marshall's of all places. But you order them through the company or ask them who carries them in your city. In Houston, Neiman Marcus (during Christmas) and a number of liquor stores, including Richard's and Billie's. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't find the key lime cooler cookies either. So substituted Mexican wedding cookies and added a little more lime juice to the mixture to compensate for the loss of key lime flavor in the cookie. Turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I plan on Serving these Tarts at a Dinner Party that I am having next week-end. So I decided to make a batch this week-end to see how they came out. What a Wonderful Delight!!! They are Fantastic! As for the problem that some people are having getting them out of the paper cups, I sprayed mine with Pam for Baking. Then after they cooled off I put them in the Refrigerator for a few hours, and they came right out of the paper no problem. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great -do make them-but prepare for them to disappear! Currently our BORDERS BOOKS are carrying the cookies in the tin-(Illinois) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cookies can be ordered through Amazon.com. I bought the cookie tin with the flip-flop's on it--very cute. The tins run about %9.95 for a 7 ounce tin, which is about 45-50 cookies. Even if you order through Amazon.com, the cookies ship directly from Byrd Cookie Company. As mentioned by a previous reviewer, their website is www.byrdcookiecompany.com yummy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were easy to make and tasted wonderful. My best friend is a cheesecake fanatic and she loved them. The only problem I had was finding the cookies for the crust. I ended up substituting vanilla wafers, but it was still good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this dessert is great item not reviewed by moderator and published
tasty and easy to make. Only drawback was that I wish they were a bit lighter in texture. They were a bit heavy or thick in taste... I need help to improve this alittle.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were a slice of heaven. The key lime cookies I used were from Williams-Sonoma. item not reviewed by moderator and published
www.byrdcookiecompany.com is the website to order the cookies, hope that helps. Good luck item not reviewed by moderator and published
I could not find the lime coolers , so I just used Key Lime Fruit Center cookies by Archway, bigger cookie than mini, so used regular cupcake pan and came out perfect. Also I made it different ways, I also used Oreo cookies and added melted chocolate to mixture and left out rind, and juice. Talk about heaven!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They are fabulous! Like she says they stick to the paper a little, I found that the cooler they get in the frig the less they seem to do that. I wish Paula had included a website, or contact where to buy those key lime cooler cookies. Matter of fact that would be helpful on several of her receipes and would be much appreciated! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very easy recipe. Couldn't find the lime cookies so used vanilla wafers and it worked well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious and perfect for a summer treat. They are also pretty easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe. They were delicious. The cookie kept just the right crunch, and the filling was divine!!! Made them at 10am...gone by Noon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I loved these tarts and would like to make them again soon. I ordered the key lime coolers from byrd cookie company and they were delicious on their own. I'd like to have a recipe for the key lime coolers though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so easy to make that it could be a fun thing for a child to do when they want big rewards. Absolutely delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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