I have what seems like it should be a very simple problem in Illustrator, but I can't figure out how to do it. I am trying to combine two non-overlapping shapes so they share the same stroke. Piece of cake in Photoshop, absolute nightmare in Illustrator. Here's an example of how it should look:
And here's what happens in Illustrator:
I've tried all the options in the Pathfinder as well as trying to combine through Object -- Path and Object -- Shape to no avail. Seems like this should be really easy... what am I missing?
-- EDIT IN REPLY TO SCOTT BELOW --
Thank you for reply, Scott! Unfortunately, that isn't working for me for some reason. I have grouped the elements, but I do not see what you showed in the Appearance panel. Here's what I see when the elements are grouped and selected:
If I open CONTENTS, I see this. Moving the STROKE layer below FILL doesn't help.:
This is only an issue where I cannot use the Pathfinder to merge elements because they do not overlap. Sorry I'm not getting this. Any thoughts on the issue?