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Hi! I made a double batch of these yesterday but ran out of time and didn’t finish baking. How long does the dough stay fresh in the fridge? Do the baked cookies freeze well? Thank you!
Hi, Hayley! The dough should be fine (covered) in the fridge for at least three days. And yes, these freeze well, but are definitely somewhat delicate, so just be sure to package them well and store them in a place where they won’t get squashed by other freezer items.
Can you freeze these?
Hi, Valerie! Yup, you can freeze either the shaped, un-baked cookies or the baked cookies. If you freeze unbaked, then just add a minute or two onto the baking time (no need to thaw). Enjoy!
They are delicious. Mine did not look as perfect. At first I kind of just wound the two colors around each other, but after the first batch, I put the two ropes together, smooshed them into each other a little and then twirled them. That worked better. Also, mine spread more, so they were a much thicker candy cane; however, they did keep the right shape, so that wasn’t an issue, really. All-in-all, a good and fun recipe. I would make them again.
Has anyone used a food-based red food Coloring instead of the conventional liquid one? I am trying to stay away from artificial food dye for my children.
Hi Debbie! I totally understand trying to avoid artificial food dye but I have yet to find a red food dye that stay red after baking. Most natural red food dyes turn brown when they are baked.
That said, if you wanted to make green and white striped candy canes, you can try using matcha green tea powder to turn the dough green. That will stay bright green when you bake it.
My young children were helping, so the dough got quite warm while we were working with it. I stuck the cookies in the fridge for ten minutes before baking, yet they still became very flat and crumbled when we tried to remove them from the cooled sheets. Will a longer, second chill time be sufficient, or is there something else I ought to try on my next attempt of the recipe?
I would definitely see if you can chill it a little bit longer before baking. You can also try to increase the flour to 3 cups and mix the dough a little longer to activate the gluten. The cookies might turn out a little bit more tough, but it will be easier to work with for small hands that like to play with the dough!
My mother has made these for as long as I can remember, and they were always the favorite of every child in our circle – my brother and I, our many cousins, and our lucky classmates. It is not Christmas in our house without these cookies!