Although I love to bake, I admit that making "pretty" cookies is not my strength. From the reviews I read I expected this recipe to be easy. I had some unexpected difficulties. I originally planned for my children and their friends to make these one night. I crushed the candy canes (opening them all was a time consuming chore!), used my food processor to crush them and left them in a cup for later when we made the cookies. Big mistake! The crushed crumbs all gelled together. They were unusable. I discovered this when we were about to make the cookies. The dough had chilled a little over an hour. I decided to wait until the next morning to make them. "At least" an hour for the chilling had an upper limit I learned. In the morning the dough was hard as a rock, and I simply couldn't use it. Later, when I could use the dough I had trouble mixing the red food coloring in with the hard dough. I think it would have been easier to divide the dough and mix the food coloring in before chilling it. For some reason, when I formed the cookies the uncolored dough was very crumbly. The red dough was not. The really didn't look very pretty.
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Although I love to bake, I admit that making "pretty" cookies is not my strength. From the...