Sugarplums are soft, sticky balls of dried fruits and nuts, often rolled in shredded coconut or confectioners' sugar.


Makes about 30

2 cups almonds, toasted and roughly chopped

1 cup dried apricots

1 cup pitted dates

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon honey

Unsweetened flaked coconut for rolling


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

2. Combine almonds, apricots, dates, cinnamon, and zest in a food processor and process into a finely ground mixture.

3.  Add orange juice and honey, and combine until the mixture becomes a sticky ball.

4. Pinch off pieces of the mixture and form into 1-inch balls. Roll in coconut. Place on the baking sheet for about 1 hour until firm.

Notes: You can substitute the fruits and nuts in this recipe. Dried cherries, figs, or raisins work well, as would hazelnuts, pistachios, or pecans. Try adding chopped candied ginger or candied citrus peel.