I’m back just in time for one more Halloween treat that you can whip up in no time!  Again, I love the idea of giving homemade treats out for trick-or-treaters that are family friends or neighbors whose parents wouldn’t mind letting them eat a handmade treat from you.  One of my all-time favorite candies is Tootsie Rolls and I have always wanted to try to make my own homemade Tootsie Rolls.  Halloween is the perfect time for this DIY project.

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The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Tootsie Rolls is a parade.  Tootsie Rolls are a candy that is thrown by the handful at parades and I always loved running near the parade floats to pick up as many tiny Tootsie Rolls as I could.  Halloween makes me think of the larger-sized Tootsie Rolls that always felt extra special compared to the bite-sized version.  No matter which size you prefer, this post will show you a simple way of how to make your own Tootsie Rolls.

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First things first:  there are no baking or candy thermometer involved in this recipe!  I bet you are even a little more excited now aren’t you?  That’s what I’m telling you, you could have bag of homemade Tootsie Rolls ready to hand out or bring to work tomorrow for Halloween!

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How to make Tootsie Rolls:

Start by sifting together dry ingredients (cocoa powder, powdered sugar and dry milk powder)

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Melt a few other ingredients and whisk together (butter, corn syrup and vanilla)

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Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix briefly with a spatula

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Use an electric mixer to combine the ingredients more adequately

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Finally, use your hands to knead the ingredients to combine them more completely.  You will think that I forgot to tell you a step, but have faith that with just a bit of kneading, you will get a nice, glossy patty

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Cut the patty of candy into sections

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Roll out each section into 1/2″ wide ropes and cut the ropes into your desired length of Tootsie Rolls

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Wrap individually in wax paper

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Homemade Tootsie Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Chocolatey, fudge-like candy that will have you believing that you have recreated an original classic

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, dry milk powder and powdered sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, corn syrup and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir together briefly with a spatula. Then use an electric mixer to combine the ingredients until the mixture is a solid dark brown and the wet ingredients have saturated the dry ingredients.
  4. Knead the mixture by hand on a clean countertop until a smooth, glossy ball of candy is formed.
  5. Pat candy into a flat circle and cut into sections.
  6. Roll out 1/2" sections and cut into desired sized pieces of candy.
  7. Wrap each piece of candy in wax paper.
  8. Recipe adapted from A Cozy Kitchen

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!

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I have never been a die-hard Halloween fan.  The part that excites me the most is seeing cute kids in costumes.

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And of course I get excited about creating extra fun treats and having (yet another) excuse to eat more candy.  I came across a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow on Sally’s Baking Addiction a couple of weeks ago and it could not have come at a more perfect time because I had a bake sale that I needed to make some treats for.  My own spin on this recipe became this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix.

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I decided to add white chocolate covered pretzels and Pumpkin Spice M&M’s to this already tasty mix.  I packaged the mix up in cute treat cups that I found in the dollar section at Target and this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix was a sell out at the bake sale.

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The Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix begins with Cinnamon Chex Cereal coated in a mixture of candy melts infused with fall spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Then just like traditional peanut butter and chocolate puppy chow, you shake the coated cereal in powdered sugar.  You could coat your own pretzels in almond bark, but I just bought a couple of small bags of white chocolate Flipz and tossed those in with the coated cereal once it was cooled.  A snack mix is not complete to me without some form of chocolate, so I added colorful and festive Pumpkin Spice M&M’s to this Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix for a chocolate kick.

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If you are having children over for Halloween or you are expecting some friends or family to bring their children over trick-or-treating, I think it would be so much fun to hand out treat bags full of Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix rather than traditional candy.  You’ll be the most popular house on the block.

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Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: ~10 cups snack mix

A festive and spicy snack mix that is sure to make for an extra special Halloween treat

Ingredients

  • 1 box (13.5 ounces) Cinnamon Chex Cereal
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) orange candy melts (or you could use white chocolate)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups white chocolate-covered pretzels (I used Flipz)
  • 1 bag Pumpkin Spice M&M's

Instructions

  1. Place cereal into a large bowl.
  2. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt candy melts in 30-second increments until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Pour melted candy melts over cereal and stir gently to coat evenly.
  4. Place powdered sugar into a large paper bag, or a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Pour coated candy into bag with powdered sugar and shake to coat.
  5. Pour mixture onto a wax paper-lined counter to cool and set.
  6. Add pretzels and M&M's and serve.
  7. Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cream Puffs from Kitchenaid blog:  My grandma and mom always made cream puffs stuffed with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.  I have never had a chocolate cream puff, but I love the look and sound of these.

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Pumpkin Spice Puppy Chow from Sally’s Baking Addiction: I made a modified version of Sally’s snack mix and could not stop eating it!

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And my all-time favorite pumpkin recipe is my mom’s Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Sugar Icing.

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What is your favorite SWEET or SAVORY pumpkin recipe?

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Which is your favorite fall ingredient:  apple or pumpkin?  I am pretty torn between the two, but when combined with brown sugar and nuts, apples might just win my vote.  Apple Streusel Cake is the epitome of fall.  A moist cake, stuffed with apples and topped with a generous amount of brown sugar streusel is perfect for breakfast as a coffee cake or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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No matter what kind of cake you make, if you make it in a bundt pan, the result is bound to beautiful and impressive.  This Apple Streusel Cake is no exception and will dazzle anyone who you place it in front of.  And this cake is huge so it’s great for a crowd.  I brought it into work for someone’s birthday and there was not a piece wasted.

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No matter if your favorite fall ingredient is apple or not, this Apple Streusel Cake is worth a try.

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Apple Streusel Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 12-16 servings

A moist cake packed with tart apples and crumbly brown sugar streusel

Ingredients

    For the cake
  • 3/4 cup (12 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (16-ounce) container plain greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and diced
  • For the streusel
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

    For the streusel
  1. In a medium bowl, combine al ingredients with a pastry cutter or your fingers until a coarse, crumbly mixture is formed. Set aside.
  2. For the cake
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally grease and flour a 14-cup bundt pan.
  4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars with an electric mixer. Add eggs, vanilla and yogurt and mix to combine. Mix in flour, baking powder and baking soda until well blended.
  5. Scoop half of the cake batter into the prepared pan. Top this batter with 1/4 cup of the streusel, the apples and another 1/2 cup of the streusel.
  6. Top with remaining batter. Sprinkle remaining streusel over the top evenly. Press the streusel down into the batter lightly with your hands.
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes before removing and serving.
  9. Recipe adapted from Woman's Day magazine

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There a few pieces of equipment that I simply do not enjoy baking without.  My Kitchenaid mixer is my reliable workhorse that gets things whipped and creamed just the way I like them. And a solid silicone spatula is my other must-have when I am baking cookies, cakes, or any desserts.  GIR Silicone Spatulas are just the right flexibility without feeling flimsy or unstable.  They are firm enough to adequately and efficiently scrape bowls when mixing batter or dough.  GIR Spatulas are also perfect for candy-making because they are heat resistant enough to resist temperatures over 460° F.

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My least favorite part of baking and cooking is the clean up, which is another reason I love GIR Silicone Spatulas.  They are one solid piece of silicone-no grooves or spaces that make them difficult to clean.  I have had wooden-handled spatulas that lose the seal between the silicone spatula and wooden handle and then they get gunk in the hole where the handle fits and become impossible to clean well.  There is none of that difficulty with GIR Silicone Spatulas.

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Another feature that is great about silicone cooking utensils is that you don’t have to worry about burning yourself if you have left your spatula in a hot pot and go to grab it without thinking.  GIR Silicone Spatulas’ handles stay cool to the touch so I don’t have to add anymore burns to my baking and cooking memories.

Lastly, I cannot pretend that it doesn’t excite me to grab my hot pink GIR spatula.  It’s the little things that make me the happiest and most excited to be in the kitchen and the rainbow of colors that these spatulas come in are like a ray of sunshine into your kitchen.

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*GIR provided me with a spatula for review, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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