I was so optimistic about these cookies. However, they didn't turn out as nicely as I had hoped. We went through the reviews and made some of the suggested modifications (half butter/half shortening, mixing the crushed candy canes into the red dough, longer refrigeration time, sprinkling with sugar while hot, etc.) but the dough was still very crumbly and hard to work with. I also think we let the dough get too warm while we were shaping the cookies, and they ended up spreading a lot while baking. Overall, they still tasted good, which is why I'm giving 3 stars. If there is a next time, I will probably try shaping and baking about 4 cookies at a time to keep the dough from warming too much before going into the oven.
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I was so optimistic about these cookies. However, they didn't turn out as nicely as I had...