Guess who's got a birthday today??! This little cutie:
HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY TOOTSIE ROLL! We are celebrating with some homemade orange chocolate tootsie rolls. Yessssssss!
I seriously can't believe Mrs. Roll is 4 already. Holy moly how time flies! Almost 4 years ago, Jared and I locked eyes with the sweetest, most adorable little mini Schnauzer, and life has never been the same. She ran right up to me and wanted to be held. Gave me tons of kisses and I fell absolutely in love.
Tootsie is now a mature lady! She'd be 28 in dog years (is that still a thing?). Some of her favorite things are:
burrowing under blankets
Onto the orange chocolate tootsie rolls!
Mine are a little gritty aren't they? They taste good though! Followed Heather's recipe for homemade tootsie rolls and added some orange zest and BLAMMO! Awesome Tootsie Roll's bday treats (for humans only, sorry little one). I thought I bought milk powder, but I ended up with granulated milk flakes or something, which is why mine are grainy. The texture was still spot on, but make sure you get the milk powder. It'll look a whole lot prettier. 🙂
Also........ more Vday treats for you! Are you feeling romantic? feeling the love? feeling hearts and pink rainbows and chalky heart candies that tell you to 'be theirs'? Me neither. These are more my styyyyyyle.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- The zest of 1/2 a medium orange
- 1 Tablespoon butter melted
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup to 1 1/4 instant non-fat dry milk powder
- butter for greasing
In a large mixing bowl, combine honey, cacao powder, vanilla, and orange zest until well blended. Add butter and blend in. Add powdered sugar and a pinch of salt, and blend until sugar is fully dissolved.
Using your hands, mix in the milk powder 1/4 cup at a time until a dough begins to form. It will get harder to mix in, but keep mixing until you feel the dough just starting to dry out. You want the dough slightly sticky, but not so sticky you can't handle it.
Form the dough into a ball and let rest on a buttered piece of parchment paper. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, or until the dough has fallen to a disc shape.
Lightly grease a knife with butter and cut dough into 3/4" x 2" pieces.
Cut pieces of wax paper into 3 1/2" x 5" pieces. Wrap chocolate pieces in wax paper.
Unfortunately, little Tootie is on a special diet for an ear issue right now. No birthday treats for her. Just for us. BWAAAAAHAHAHAHA. Kidding kidding.
HAPPY BDAY MY LITTLE LADY!