Homemade Tootsie Rolls



  • 2 Tablespoons  butter
  • 1 Teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 3/4 Cups  dry milk powder
  • 3/4 Cups  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Cup  light corn syrup
  • 2-3 Cups  confectioners' sugar

How can you resist the loveable and chewy qualities of a Tootsie Roll? Thankfully for us, they're easily replicated at home using straightforward ingredients and a simple recipe.


In a greased bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, vanilla extract, dry milk powder, and cocoa powder. Using a greased hook attachment, slowly add the corn syrup and mix to combine. Begin adding the confectioner’s sugar, ½ cup at a time, with the stand mixer running. When you’ve reached a thick, dough-like consistency, stop adding confectioners’ sugar and reserve the rest for rolling.

Dust your work surface with a few pinches of confectioners’ sugar and roll out the dough until it is ½-inch thick and about the size of a baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Cut the chilled sheet into thing, long strips, and roll them into ropes using your hands. Chill on a baking sheet in the refrigerator for about an hour, and then cut the ropes into bite-size, Tootsie-roll shaped pieces and serve. 


Many thanks to Robin Joss of BigRedKitchen for helping to test this recipe. 


Calories per serving:

137 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 58g 89%
  • Carbs 501g 167%
  • Saturated 36g 179%
  • Fiber 24g 95%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 459g
  • Monounsaturated 17g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 38g 76%
  • Cholesterol 154mg 51%
  • Sodium 485mg 20%
  • Calcium 990mg 99%
  • Magnesium 406mg 102%
  • Potassium 2,280mg 65%
  • Iron 10mg 53%
  • Zinc 8mg 56%
  • Phosphorus 1,225mg 175%
  • Vitamin A 442µg 49%
  • Vitamin C 8mg 14%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 28%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 81%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 18%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 57µg 14%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 53%
  • Vitamin D 11µg 3%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 6µg 7%
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