Recipe for Homemade Tootsie Rolls

by Vicky Schwartz
(Big Timber, Montana)

Homemade Tootse Roll Recipe Ideas

Homemade Tootse Roll Recipe Ideas

Years ago I had a recipe for HOMEMADE TOOTSIE ROLLS. Now I can't find it and I have grand kids big enough to help.

Does any one out there have a recipe?

As I remember it there was only cocoa, powdered sugar, and butter? Karo syrup?..... that is where I forget.

Hi Vicky,

Sounds like you are planning a great time for you and the grandchildren. :-)

I've had a little look around and found a few recipes for you. See if any of them ring a bell. Now, you be sure to come back and tell us which one you used and how it turned out. If you've got pictures - even better!

Have fun!

Tootsie Rolls Recipe #1

This is a microwave recipe for Tootsie Roll type candy from

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate (square)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 Tbsp. instant nonfat milk powder

  1. Place chocolate and butter in a glass measuring cup (4-cup). Microwave, uncovered, at high power for 3O seconds, stir and heat for another 30 seconds, or until chocolate is melted.
  2. Stir in corn syrup and vanilla and return to microwave, heating on high power for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from microwave and mix in 1 cup powdered sugar and the powdered milk and stir thoroughly.
  4. Sprinkle the remaining powdered sugar on a large piece of waxed paper. Turn mixture onto waxed paper and knead candy until stiff, adding as much powdered sugar as necessary to form a stiff but pliable dough.
  5. Divide the candy into four sections. Roll each section into strips the width of a pencil. Cut each strip into bite-sized pieces and wrap in waxed paper.

You may need to refrigerate the "Tootsie Roll" candy to get it to set completely. Makes about 40 pieces.

Homemade Tootsie Rolls #2

This recipe is a "no-cook" recipe for Tootsie Rolls.

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups corn
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup plus 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cups non-fat dry milk
  • 9 cups powdered/icing sugar

  1. Combine the dry ingredients - cocoa, dry milk, and powdered sugar.
  2. In a large bowel, mix together the butter, syrup, and vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The mixture becomes very thick. Roll into ropes and cut into tootsie roll shapes. Wrap in waxed paper.

Homemade Tootsie Roll Recipe #3

This recipe for Tootsie Rolls is a bit more involved than the other two, but you may enjoy it more precisely because of that! The work is part of the charm and fun.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract (optional)

  1. Butter a non-stick baking tray and set aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, stir together all of the ingredients over medium heat until thoroughly combined.
  3. Insert a candy thermometer and bring mixture to the firm ball stage (250 degrees F.).
  4. Pour mixture onto prepared baking tray and allow to cool slightly (about 7-10 minutes).
  5. Butter your hands and grab the edges of the mixture turning it onto itself. Continue to do this until the candy is cool enough to pick up in your hands.
  6. Now for the fun part! Pull and twist the candy mixture for about 10 minutes. It will begin to lighten in color.
  7. Set candy aside for an hour or so and then twist and pull again for about 5 minutes. Again, it will lighten.
  8. Separate into sections and roll into ropes about the width of your fingers. Cut into one inch pieces and wrap in waxed paper squares twisting the ends.

Yes, this recipe is more work, but it's fun, too. If anyone tries these out, we want your recipe review in the comment section below! :)

Comments for Recipe for Homemade Tootsie Rolls

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Sep 26, 2016
No vanilla All orange

We use the method in option #3 except that we use no vanilla and thus a whole teaspoon of orange extract.People can't believe how On The Nose these Impostors are! They sell like crazy at bake sales and are always a welcome treat to share at the office or in gift baskets.

Mar 11, 2015
Salted Butter
by: Food E

Most chefs would use unsalted butter and add their desired amount and choice of salt, because the amount of salt in salted butter ranges greatly. Much more than 1/8 tsp in many examples.
You could use salted butter, but to repeat/replicate your desired outcome/finished product, you would need to use the same brand of salted butter every time so you could find the amount of added salt that tastes/works best with the brand of salted butter that you use/choose.

Mar 11, 2015
Tootsie Roll uses orange flavor
by: Food E

Clone Tootsie Roll recipes might still be very good without using orange flavor of some type, but commercial/store bought Tootsie Rolls definitely have some orange flavoring of some type.
You can try any clone Tootsie Roll recipe you want but if it doesn't have any orange flavoring in it then you will not come as close to the flavor of commercial Tootsie Rolls as you could have. No orange flavoring="Oopsie Rolls"
I suppose they could still be better/more enjoyable without any orange flavoring since you are making them with quality ingredients and no preservatives, but it would be like trying to clone your favorite store bought Sweetened Lemon Ice Tea without using lemon flavor of some type.

Nov 17, 2013
Recipe for Real Tootsie Roll Taste
by: Angie from

I don't know about the "easy tootsie roll recipe" that someone added (with no measurements), but the second and third recipe above it on the page should taste like "real" tootsie rolls. :)

Give them a try and let us know what you think. :)

Nov 16, 2013
question about easy tootsie rolls

would it taste any bit like REAL tootsie rolls? how about with cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate? somebody help!

Oct 08, 2013
corn syrup substitution
by: Julianne

Maybe you can substitute corn syrup with agave syrup. I haven't tried it, but I do substitute agave syrup in baking recipes instead of sugar. Much healthier for you. Good luck!

Dec 09, 2011
corn syrup in the tootsie rolls
by: Anonymous

Do you guys know any recipes w/out corn syrup of any kind?

Jun 09, 2009
EASY tootsie rolls
by: Anonymous

Chocolate chips
Margerine or butter

At a low heat, melt a large amount of marshmallows with the butter in a sauce pan.
Add desired chocolate.

Spoon onto parchment paper and refrigerate 12 hours.

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