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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Remember when you were little and you would spin a globe around and put your finger on it and exclaim that wherever it landed is where you were going to live when you grew up? Well I have decided to incorporate that mentality into my “what to bake next” routine.  You see, everyday, I Pin recipes, I save recipes to my inbox recipe folder, I tear out recipes from magazines and I mark pages in cookbooks that have recipes that I must make.  However, I have all of these real and virtual piles of recipes, but rarely do I actually make any of them!  And it’s so silly because these recipes are where I find a lot of my inspiration for things I actually am baking in my kitchen each week, so why oh why have I not actually made more of these recipes that have inspired me in the first place?  We are changing that today with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles.

In this spirit of the “spin the globe” game, I am going to select a recipe from either my Pinterest boards or my inbox from other bloggers who have inspired me and put my own twist on the recipe and share it with you each month.  I may do this once or twice a month and I hope that it will inspire you the way that these recipes inspire me to try new things and to create adorable and scrumptious treats to share.

Last weekend I shared this Pretzel Toffee Fudge with you and suggested that it would be a great addition to a homemade chocolate box to give on Valentine’s Day.

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Well, we all like a little variety and so why not add these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles to that thoughtful gift of yours?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

This recipe was adapted from Bakerella who is notorious as the cake pop lady but she also whips up some other sweets and treats that are worthy of recreating.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles could not be easier to make and again, will fool your sweetie into thinking that you have slaved all day in the kitchen to make him/her something special.  I rolled my truffles in crushed salted peanuts, but you could roll them in cocoa powder or toss them in some sprinkles as well.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: ~25-30 truffles

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles: Simple, yet decadent and creamy chocolate truffles rolled in crunchy crushed peanuts

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add melted chocolate to cream cheese mixture and beat to combine.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. Use a small spoon or melon baller to scoop firmed mixture into small balls. Roll balls with your hands to shape into spheres.
  6. Roll balls in chopped peanuts, pressing the balls into the peanuts gently so that they stick.
  7. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.
  8. Recipe adapted from Bakerella

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Sometimes I get in a cooking rut where I seem to make the same things every week for dinner.  Salmon, asparagus and brown rice, chicken fajitas, some type of soup.  Those seem to be the staples and I get sick of them and want something new after awhile.  This week so far, I have made a new recipe each night and much to my (and my husband’s) delight, they have been keepers!

Sunday night I made Falafel with tzatziki sauce.  I make tzatziki sauce somewhat often as a dip or a sauce for salmon, but I had never made homemade falafel.  Just in case these items are new to you, let me tell you a bit about them.

 Falafel and tzatziki sauce are mediterranean in origin.  Falafel is a mixture of ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans), onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and parsley that is formed into patties and pan-seared or fried.  Tzatziki sauce is made from Greek yogurt combined with cucumber, dill and garlic.  I love the combination of flavors that you get when you eat the two together.

I served my falafel over a bed of baby spinach and kale, topped with tzatziki and slopped up with Indian Naan bread.  For the men at my dinner table, I baked chicken breasts to go along side the falafel and smothered the chicken in tzatziki as well.  If you feel like you are in a mealtime rut and want to try something new, I encourage you to sample one of my favorite mediterranean dishes.

Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: about 10 patties

Ingredients

    For the falafel:
  • 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • juice of half of one lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • For the tzatziki sauce
  • 1 (6 oz.) container of plain Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of half of a lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled and seeded
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar (or plain white vinegar)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

    For the falafel:
  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a griddle ove medium-high heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Spoon falafel mixture onto pan in form of patties.
  4. Cook ~2-3 minutes per side, or until lightly browned.
  5. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  6. For the tzatziki sauce:
  7. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  8. Serve over falafel patties.
  9. Recipe adapted from Laura's Sweet Spot

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