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Sugar Plums

Category: New Years, Kids, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Holiday, Valentine's Day, United States, Desserts, Cookies

 Ingredients List

  • parchment or wax paper
  • 2 cups almonds (alternatively, you can substitute this with 2 cups equivalent of nuts, including pecans, pistachios, almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts)
  • 1 cup pitted dates (or substitute with figs, dried plums (prunes) or cranberries)
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Unsweetened flaked coconut for rolling


1. Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange almonds on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast in oven for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

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

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

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

5. Pinch off rounded teaspoon-size pieces of the mixture and form into 1-inch balls.(Rinse your hands often, as mixture is very sticky.) Roll in coconut. Place on the baking sheet and chill for about 1 hour until firm.

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