Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kids in the Kitchen: Tootsie Rolls

When the 2nd round of snow arrived on Monday - Did you hear the sigh from here? ::sigh:: - and the kids were antsy for something to do (besides SHOVELING), I pulled up a simple recipe for homemade Tootsie Rolls from Food 52.

If you want to see a great photo tutorial on how to make them then I would suggest clicking over to Food52. Jugging powdered ingredients, wiggly kids and a camera doesn't work so well for me, but I did snap a few.

Homemade Tootsie Rolls 
(adapted from Food 52)

1/2 c honey
1/4 c + 2 T dark cocoa powder
1 t vanilla extract
1 T melted butter
1/4 c powdered sugar
1-1 1/4 c instant nonfat dry milk powder

Mix the honey, cocoa powder and vanilla together. Mix in the butter. Add the powdered sugar. And, slowly mix in the milk powder (in 1/4 c measures) until a stiff, not-too-sticky dough ball forms. Rest ball on "Pam" sprayed Parchment Paper for 5-10 minutes. Cut into bits, roll into "logs" and wrap in small rectangles of cut Parchment Paper. Refrigerate. Makes about 20 pieces.

Were our candies like Tootsie Rolls? Not really. ::wink:: We didn't follow the recipe exact. I only had DARK cocoa powder...and salted butter...but they were a not-too-sweet chewy chocolate candy that were tasty and didn't have HFCS in them. And creating them kept the saplings busy for an hour.

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  1. We HAVE to try this one before Thursday - it's my husband's favourite candy! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Well, you tried a new recipe. I would try it. It would mean healthier candy in the house, right?

  3. We tried to make our favorite candy bar one time ... Almond Joy. Boo! Not as good!! Probably a good thing. If it was, I would make it all the time and EAT it!

  4. Oh my heaven, I have to try this!! I totally understand keeping kids busy ;-)

  5. I can't wait to try this with my kiddos! Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" I hope you will be able to join us again this week. :-)


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