I definitely needed to adjust this recipe, and it is still simply coming out very rough due to the flour. Looks easy, is easy but results extremely disappointing.
I tried this Licorice Candy recipe and it worked great you just needed to bring the molasses to a boil and then add the flour. I had to add a little more flour to get it to a workable dough. I like salty licorice so I added a teaspoon of salt to the mixture. It turned out great almost like licorice sticks I use to be able to buy at the candy store across from my high school.
Result: edible but very disappointing, commercial product is better. I think powdered root a mistake, I think thats what's giving something of a sawdust like feel to the product. Would be better to extract flavour into solution and use that. I think commercial product has an element of fat/oil (and possibly a little gum/gelatine?)