Licorice Lozenges

Licorice Lozenges

Ingredients

1 teaspoon ground licorice root
1 teaspoon ground rose hips
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup slippery elm bark powder
2 1/2 tablespoons honey

Directions

Combine licorice root, rose hips, cloves and water in a small saucepan. Heat to simmering and simmer until reduced by about half. Strain and keep warm.

Put slippery elm bark powder in a bowl and make a well in the center. Stir honey together with the warm strained liquid.

Let sit for about a minute and add to the slippery elm powder. Mix with a spoon or hands until thoroughly blended. Let stand about 15 minutes or until firm enough to pat out.

Dust your surface and hands with cornstarch. Pat out the lozenge mixture to a rough square about 1/2 inch thick, and dry on a parchment-lined baking sheet until firm enough to cut (about 24 hours).

Use a small circle cutter or bottle top to cut out lozenges or cut them into triangle shapes. Continue to roll out and cut until you have used up all your dough.

Dry pieces on a wire rack until they are the consistency of chewy cough drops or gummy candy (24 to 48 hours).

After lozenges are completely dry, store in an air-tight container.