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How to Make Candy Roaster Cookies

candy roaster cookies tutorial

A few weeks back I made a video showing how to make candy roaster cookies. I also shared information about candy roasters in Appalachia.

I’ve been growing the giant orange banana shaped goodies for several years. Most summers they grow so large that one is more than enough for our needs, but this past growing season mine didn’t do so well. They were all on the small side.

We grew them in an area that we’ve not used before and I’m guessing the soil just wasn’t that great.

I hope you enjoyed the video! Visit this page for the recipe.

Candy roasters have become quite popular in the last year or two so even if you don’t grow them yourself you might pick one up at your local produce stand.

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    December 16, 2020 at 3:18 am

    Well now I’m gonna have to track down some candyroaster seeds and try these in the garden next year! Thanks for sharing that!

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    Sherry Dobbs
    December 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Great presentation Tipper! And those cookies!! Yes Please! I’ll bet you could use those CR in a pound cake and reduce the sugar quite a bit! Merry Christmas to you and yours ❣️

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    June Jolley
    December 14, 2020 at 10:00 am

    The only thing missing was the heavenly smell that these cookies must have. My mouth was watering and I wanted so badly to reach through my screen and grab one. I have freeze dried candy roaster that my sister gave me, so I can’t wait to try these.

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    December 14, 2020 at 9:16 am

    It’s strange that Mom never raised candy roasters and neither did anyone else in my hometown that I can remember. To this day, I have never seen or tasted the squash. Mom raised a variety of cushaws and so do I. I will have to try candy roasters in my garden next year.

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    December 14, 2020 at 8:28 am

    Candy roasters are among Appalachia’s best kept secrets. In my opinion much better than a pumpkin, and they keep so well. They are easy to grow, but one must have extra growing space for the vines. Also, they may not do well if grown near other Winter squash, and mine crossed one year. Those cookies look divine, and I may just have to try to pick up a CR at one of our markets next Fall. Produce markets used to be so common in my area, but sadly they seem to be fading out in favor of tailgate markets which are only available certain times of the week.

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    Margie Goldstein
    December 14, 2020 at 8:24 am

    The candy roaster cookies turned out well. But, Tipper, years in the kitchen SHOW by excellent baking skills. I learn so much from you and it’s all very healthy. Thanks for sharing as always. Have a great day in North Crackalacki!!!! It’s cold, raining and I bet by this evening, SNOW will come. Secret: I made a batch of fudge. It’s my stash and it’s delicious. I have a piece or two every day. My husband doesn’t like sweets so that’s a real plus! More for me! ( peanut butter on top underlaid by good old chocolate. It’s double delish!!! And can anybody tell me why store bought chocolate irritates the bowel and inflames arthritis while homemade does not???? What are the clowns putting in there???

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    William Dotson
    December 14, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Tipper I planted candy roasters and had one big, and 4-5 small ones, they make wonderful sugar free crust free pies. As for the instant pot I have 3 sizes of them and use them a lot for vegetables to meat of all kinds plus it’s the only way I boil eggs anymore, plus I have 11 qt off brand that slow cooks, pressure cooks and also is a pressure canner.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 14, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Those cookies sound really good! I am amazed, Tipper, that with all you have to do you still find time to make cookies and other home made deserts. You might sometime show your readers how you crack out those walnut pieces…it sure is labor intensive!

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    December 14, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Ooooh! This looks so good. I first came across candy roasters last year at the farmers market. It was taller than my 2 year old! I have a funny picture of that. I haven’t grown any yet. I usually use butternut squash in place of pumpkin when it comes to baking. I tossed out pumpkin completely from my pies. Squashes only. I can’t wait to try a candy roaster in my pies and this cookie. Looks so good! Thanks Tipper!!! (PS Really glad you kept the recipe too)

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    December 14, 2020 at 7:20 am

    PS I see you have an Instant Pot. Do you use it a lot and like it?

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      December 14, 2020 at 7:44 am

      Dana-we don’t use it a whole lot, but it does come in handy if you’re in a hurry. The Deer Hunter uses it to cook a whole chicken and sometimes to do soup beans or rice.

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