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 Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 58g 89%
  • Carbs 501g 167%
  • Saturated 36g 179%
  • Fiber 24g 95%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 459g
  • 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 1,606IU 32%
  • 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%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 17g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 2g
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