If you’re looking for a Christmas sugar plum recipe that’s quick and easy, this one is worth trying. It only takes 30 minutes to prepare! This no-bake holiday treat is made with dried fruits, nuts and fragrant spices.
No matter what visions of sugar plums you might have dancing in your head, this one is worth exploring!
But what exactly is a sugar plum?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a sugar plum is “a small candy in the shape of a ball or disk”.
This easy recipe uses a combination of chopped dried fruits, nuts, and some aromatic spices. The mixture is then rolled into little balls and coated in coarse sugar.
They are actually very similar to these healthy yogurt balls without the extra sugar coating.
If you are looking for a little something special to add an elegant touch to your holiday cookie platter this is for you!
Here are some other reasons why you will love this recipe:
- It’s a no-bake recipe (with the exception of the roasted almonds).
- Offers a slightly healthier option to include in your holiday cookie platter.
- These delicious sugarplums only take about thirty minutes from start to finish.
- They make fantastic hostess gifts.
- As long as you keep the proportions of nuts and dried fruit constant, you can easily swap some of the ingredients. Dried cranberries, raisins, prunes, walnuts, etc …are all wonderful alternatives.
- They can be made well ahead of the holiday rush and frozen. When putting your holiday platter together, it’s just a question of removing them from the freezer and rolling them in some glittery sugar. How convenient is that!
Here is how to make them!
Before we combine all of the ingredients together, we need to roast the almonds.
Simply place 1 cup of almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet in a preheated oven at 300℉ for about 20 minutes. Move the almonds around a few times while they are roasting. Allow to cool down to room temperature before combining with the rest of the ingredients.
Pulse until your mixture forms a clump; transfer this fragrant mixture to a clean surface or bowl and with the use of a small scooper, dish out some sugar plums.
With damp hands, roll each piece into a 1-inch ball.
Once this is complete, roll each individual ball in some coarse sugar.
Feel free to make smaller or bigger balls.
You can also roll them in icing sugar, desiccated coconut, or for more decadence, chocolate.
As you can see in the photos, turbinado sugar is another great option
See how easy that is!
When you are ready to serve them, place these little glitter balls in festive truffle liners and enjoy!
Recipes using almonds
I don’t know about you, but I can easily go through that big bag of Costco almonds in one month. Almond butter, cocoa dusted almonds and of course almond biscotti are just a few of the recipes that I make on a monthly basis.
I found the original recipe for these no-bake sugar plums in a Canadian magazine called Homemakers.
Unfortunately, this magazine is no longer in publication. I had my subscription to this magazine for many years. Every month, I would get new recipes that are still being appreciated by family and friends even after all these decades.
The original recipe did not include any spices. So I added a hint of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg along with the zest of an orange.
My holiday cookie platter would not be complete without these chewy, fragrant sugar plums.
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Sugar Plum Recipe
- 1 cup almonds coarsely chopped and roasted (about 140 grams)
- 1 cup dates chopped (about 140 grams)
- 1 cup dried apricots chopped (about 140 grams)
- 1½ teaspoon orange zest finely grated
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon ground
- ¼ teaspoon allspice ground
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg freshly grated
- ¼ cup turbinado sugar or more for rolling
- In a food processor, combine the roasted almonds, dates, apricots, orange zest and spices.
- Cover and pulse until mixture is transformed into a paste.
- Roll mixture into a 1 inch diameter balls (about 1½ tablespoon).
- Roll balls in sugar.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or can be frozen (WITHOUT rolling in the sugar) for up to 3 months.