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Video:How to Make Sugarplums

with Elizabeth LaBau

If you've ever wanted to have visions of sugarplums dance in your head, this is the recipe for you. These festive fruit-and-nut balls are easy to make and are full of great spices and holiday flavor.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Sugarplums

Ingredients for Sugarplums

To make sugarplums, you will need:
  • 3 oz (1/2 cup) chopped pitted dates
  • 3 oz (1/2 cup) chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 oz (1/4 cup) dried cranberries
  • 1 oz (1/4 cup) chopped prunes
  • 1 oz (1/4 cup) chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp fruit jam
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Mix Fruit and Nuts

Start by placing the chopped dates, walnuts, cranberries, prunes, and hazelnuts in the bowl of a food processor. If you don't have a processor you can do it by hand and just chop everything together until it's in very small pieces and starts sticking together.

So once all of your fruits and nuts are in the work bowl, pulse the processor several times until everything is in small pieces and is well-mixed.

Add Ingredients and Mix into a Ball

Now add the jam, cinnamon, and cloves. Give it several long pulses until the mixture begins to come together in a ball. Here's a bit of trivia while you're mixing: sugarplums get their name from the prunes, or dried plums, in the recipe.

Stop and check it once it starts to come together: when you press it between your fingers it should hold itself in a ball, but you want to retain some texture and be able to see individual pieces of fruit and nuts. Don't blend it so much that it turns into a sticky paste!

Roll Candy through Sugar

To finish your sugarplums, place the granulated sugar in a bowl. Roll the candy into small balls, and roll them in the granulated sugar. To make it a bit healthier, you could roll them in chopped nuts or coconut instead.

How to Serve and Store Sugarplums

To keep things neat, serve them in paper candy cups. These sugarplums last for weeks if you keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This mixture also makes an amazing natural energy bar, so you can enjoy the fruity, nutty flavors year-round.
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