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Candy Cane Cookie Query

So tonight I made the dough for candy cane cookies (the ones that are comprised of a red and white dough twisted together to look like a candy cane before baking) from A Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies. However, when I went to form the cookies (rolling "ropes" of each color dough) the dough just seemed to fall apart when I attempted to twist the two strand together. Frustrated? You bet. I'm a competent baker/candy maker and this is confounding me. It's almost as if the dough isn't moist enough, but I don't think that's the problem. My questions: Any ideas to remedy the situation? Or, any ideas to use these two colored doughs in a different way, i.e., a different shaped cookie? (The red dough is flavored with peppermint extract and finely crushed candy canes; the pale dough just has vanilla for flavoring, so I think I should use them together). TIA.

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  1. I tried those a couple of years ago. Just gave up. Way beyond me.

    1. Maybe you could put them together in long squares and then cut them and bake to make those checkerboard cookies, or roll them together and cut out shapes like bells and stars. Sorry it's so frustrating - I hate that!

      1. Was your dough too warm, and did you try rolling it again a bit thicker?

        You could also put them side by side and do a spiral cookie shape.

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        1. re: hummingbird

          I was going to say the dough is not warm enough. As I remember it, the dough was anything but crumbly in texture. It's just a sugar cookie recipe isn't it?

          1. re: HolidayBaker

            On reflection, I think I did have this problem the first time I tried the recipe. (It's been decades.) After that, I have just used a sugar cookie recipe for years.

        2. You could do a pinwheel cookie (the one where you roll out both doughs, place one on top of the other, roll up into a tube and cut) with that. That would be pretty and easy.

          1. Thanks so much!! I'm going to try the candy cane shape once more, this time with colder dough. If that fails, I love the pinwheel idea -- exactly the type of solution I was looking for. Knew I could count on chowhounds to save the day.