Twelve Days of Christmas: Sugar Plums

These do dance in your head

These do dance in your head

Despite the title, these little treats are quite dense and spicy, but not overly sweet. Feel free to alter the fruit mix. A number of recipes only used dates and apricots. Most recipes we saw called for using a food processor, but we don’t have one and were worried the blender would gum up on the first pulse. If you have the same dilemma just remember to chop the fruit very fine.

Sugar Plums

  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped very fine
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried plums
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (aka confectioners’ or icing sugar)

Combine nuts, fruits and spice in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix in honey stirring to coat evenly. Pinch off teaspoon-sized balls and roll to shape. Roll balls in sugar to coat. Refrigerate in layers between sheets of waxed paper.

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21 Responses to Twelve Days of Christmas: Sugar Plums

  1. Tandy says:

    These look like perfect nibbles!

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    I think a small tin of these goodies would make perfect gifts to give to Christmas visitors or as hostess gifts. Unique and tasty.

  3. rutheh says:

    I always wondered what sugarplums looked like.

  4. My goodness a blast form the past with your video…A great little treat to make and we don’t even have to fire up the oven, especially mine which has the worst record for keeping a constant temperature. Happy weekend! BAM

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    Hardly seems kosher to make sugar plums without the slightest bit of plum involved. Glad to see you rectified that oversight. :)

  6. Ooh these ae fabulous. No I´m off to do a little ballet round the kitchen!

  7. Oooh, pretty!
    Like playing with sticky, yummy play-doh!

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    A wonderful alternative to the processed sugar treats we’ll be consuming in droves this holiday season. I’m making a version of these today,

  9. Mad Dog says:

    …and a fairy!

  10. I have actually never had these! They look wonderful.

  11. I’ve never tasted a sugarplum either.. only seen the fairy:) Lovely little bites!!

  12. nrhatch says:

    Yum! Perfect for me since I danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy years ago. :D

  13. rsmacaalay says:

    Very nice Christmas recipe

  14. Kristy says:

    I have a ton of leftover dried fruit with no home. These look simple and tasty! :)

  15. egg me on says:

    Wow, I’m going to have visions of these all week! I like that there’s no baking … so easy!

  16. Sound delicious and an easy sweet treat to prepare. I always have dried fruit in the pantry…yum.

  17. Carolyn Chan says:

    These would be wonderful mouthfuls of something sweet to end the big Christmas lunch !

  18. safifer says:

    Reblogged this on A Single Serving and commented:
    I think that these are a special holiday treat. Too bad that we don’t see more of them.

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