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Cookie Magic: Five-in-One Dough

Candy Canes
For an even more colorful version, add green food coloring to half the dough and red to the other half, and twist to create green-and-red candy canes.

Prep Time:10 Minutes
Baking Time: About 10 Minutes
Yield: 12 Cookies

½ batch Basic Cookie Dough
Nonstick cooking spray
10 drops red food coloring

1. Remove the dough from the refrigerator (or freezer) and knead it 4 or 5 times on work surface to soften. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Divide the dough in half. Add red food coloring to 1 portion and mix well; adjust the amount depending upon how dark you want the red to be.
3. Break off small pieces of red dough and roll into 5-inch lengths, about as thick as a pencil. Repeat with untinted dough. (If it's too sticky, add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.) Starting at 1 end, twist a strand of red dough around a strand of untinted dough, continuing to twist until you reach the end. Pinch ends together and bend the twisted strands into a cane shape.
4. Carefully place on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms start to brown. Remove with a spatula to a wire rack. Let cool about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between the layers.

How Kids Can Help:
Roll dough into strands
Twist together
Bend into candy canes