Sunday, December 13, 2009


I can thank George Gaston of A Nod Is As Good As a Wink to a Blind Horse... for, first, teaching me what a sugarplum is and second, providing a recipe for these holiday treats. I adore dried fruits and wanted to try his sugarplums immediately. When I assembled my ingredients this morning, I learned that in my haste I had neglected to buy prunes. Not to worry. I  had some lovely dried figs and they worked beautifully. I decided to make just half a batch since I'm the only fruit eater in this household.

Ingredients (Makes approximately 5 dozen)
12-oz pkg pitted prunes
8-oz pkg chopped dates
6-oz pkg dried apricots
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped (optional)
1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tsp grated orange zest
1.2 tsp grated lemon zest
2/3 cup sugar

In the bowl of a food processer, process the prunes, dates, and apricots about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides.

Transfer to a bowl and add the pecans, graham cracker crumbs, orange and lemon zests. Mix completely, then chill for 2 hours.

Using your palms, shape into 3/4 inch balls (I used a small melon baller to keep balls uniform in size). Roll in the granulated sugar, then chill. Store in an airtight container. Serve at room temperature.
Of course I had to sample one of these delectable sweets. It was perfectly delicious, making me sorry I had made just half a batch, but determined to save them for an upcoming Christmas party.  I know that visions of sugarplums will be dancing in my head until that date. Thank you, George Gaston.


  1. I was so impressed when I saw these on George's blog - but I have to say that your Christmas plate is so pretty that you definitely win!

  2. Arlene, thanks for the terrific "nod" to my Sugar Plums. I am so excited that you have tried them and posted the recipe. A little bite of spice and a wee bite of hand molding make these a wonderful treat.

    Many thanks and how a joyous holiday season...

  3. So, are those really what Sugar Plums are? I've always wondered.

  4. So those are sugar plums! They sound yummy!

  5. I never knew what a sugarplum was either, very interesting! Sounds like a fun recipe to try for Christmas. I can't believe it's just around the corner.

  6. So pretty and delicious! I must make these for my daughter!


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