Homemade Tootsie Rolls

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Homemade Tootsie Rolls Homemade Tootsie Rolls

A childhood and adult favorite flavor that is so easy to make at home.

Servings: 4 doz
Prep Time: 24 hours 15 min
Difficulty: Easy

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12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3/4 teaspoon water, warm
1 3/4 teaspoon orange extract
wax paper or colored foil for wrapping





Line a baking tray (with sides) with plastic wrap and set aside.

In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate. Stop to stir every 5-10 seconds so chocolate will not burn.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.  Scrap mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and press down with the back side of a spatula to a 1” thickness. (Paula’s Note: It will not completely cover the pan). Cover mixture with another piece of plastic wrap and let it set overnight at room temperature.  The mixture will be stiff, but still moldable and flexible the next day.
Peel off the plastic wrap and cut into strips (about 1/2”-3/4” wide). Form each strip into a log and roll out the logs between your hands or on your work surface until they are about 1/2” in diameter.  Cut into sections as long as you like and set aside for a few minutes to harden up again after you have heated them with your hands.  Wrap in waxed paper or colored foil squares.

Paula’s Gift Packaging Tip:  I love giving gifts in vintage containers I find while junkin’. With my Homemade Tootsie Rolls, I wrapped them in silver foil candy squares and filled a Vintage drinking glass. I finished with a coordinating gross grain ribbon tied on the glass.

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Reader Comments:


These weren't my favorite. They tasted good, but nothing like a tootsie roll. The texture was interesting and mine set well, but again, nothing like a tootsie roll. I agree with the person who said they tasted kind of like the orange jelly sticks, just minus the jellied part in the middle. Still, not a bad treat, just not very "tootsie roll-ish."

By Carrie on March 05, 2013


How long does the finished product keep? I want to make some for Christmas and am trying to figure out when I should start making each item. Thanks a bunch smile

By April Anderson on October 26, 2012


How long does the finished product keep? I want to make some for Christmas and am trying to figure out when I should start making each item. Thanks a bunch smile

By April Anderson on October 26, 2012


Hi Paula, Just a word to say "thanks" for all your yummy recipes. These Tooties Rolls sound great for our grand children...we have 3 now. Let us hear from you ever once in a while. Bill says Hi too. Love to you and family, Love LYNN SASSER

By Lynn Sasser on February 24, 2012


Tootsie rolls are one of my absolute favorite candies and Paula Deen is one of my favorite chefs! Thank you for this recipe. I can't wait to try it! Keep them coming Paula!

By Linda Marquis on February 24, 2012


havenot tried the tootsie roll recipies looks very easy. going to mess with my gand daughter a little. my grandkids were staying with me while my daughter was have a baby, the dog came to. my mother was still living at the time and she had been sick for a while and the dog does his buisness on training paper my mother thought it was tootsie roll my grand daughter almost died just to see the expresstion on her face. well my mother past a few weeks ago and i still have the dog! to this day thats all my granddaughter talks about is her babe and what she did so thank you for this recipe im sure we will get some laughs out if it.p.s. mom didnot eat it she left them on the counter i for got to tell you it a small dog thank again mom and i love your shows!

By Maureen Culver on February 23, 2012


I love your receipe and been adding them to favorites,now I know how to make tootsi rolls for the kids,their favorite.Thanks and keep posting them.

By Laura on February 23, 2012


I am not sure if I did something wrong or not. I followed the recipe to a tee. Mine still seemed kind of wet. Also, I didn't really get the tootsie roll "effect", but that of a dark chocolate covered orange stick. Still very yummy though. It will be a staple on my Christmas tray, but maybe topped with pulverized candied orange peel.

By Naomi Blackburn on December 15, 2011


Hi Connie, You can find that recipe and learn more about the starter here: http://www.pauladeen.com/recipes/recipe_view/cinnamon_buns/

By Jonathan Able on May 11, 2011


I watched your show on April 15th. Would love to make Edie's cinnamon rolls that she made on the show, but didn't get the recipe. Where can I find the recipe and also where can I get Edie's Bread Starter?

By Connie on May 01, 2011


Hi Elsie, You can learn more about the starter here: http://www.missedies.com/missedies/dough starter.php

By Jonathan Able on April 27, 2011


Where can I get a package of Miss Edie's Bread Starter? I need it so I can make the cinnamon rolls from your April 14th show. Thanks

By elsie on April 15, 2011


Made these for a Christmas party and they were a big hit. Very easy and very tasty!

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