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Homemade Black Licorice Twists

December 30, 2012

MAKES ABOUT 3 DOZEN

INGREDIENTS8 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more
1 cup sugar
½ cup dark corn syrup
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup blackstrap molasses
? tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
1½ tbsp. anise extract (available at Olive Nation)
1½ tsp. black food coloring

INSTRUCTIONS1. Line a glass 8"-square baking dish with parchment; grease. Bring butter, sugar, syrup, milk, molasses, and salt to a boil over high heat in a 2-qt. saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer until temperature reaches 265°. Remove from heat and stir in flour, extract, and coloring; pour into pan. Chill until firm, 30-45 minutes.

2. Invert onto a cutting board, peel of paper, and cut into ¼"-thick ropes; twist to shape. Place on baking sheets; chill 20-30 minutes until set.

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