When I was a kid my grandma used to mail us a tin of homemade Christmas cookies every year. We'd keep them in the refrigerator and mom would let us each have one every day until they were gone. One of my favorites was Sugarplum Drops. They combine the flavor of dried fruits and nuts and sugar - so tasty! When I saw a recipe in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, it brought back all of those Christmas memories. Here's my version.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens magazine Jan 2008
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup pecans
1 cup whole natural almonds
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar (or use colored sugar for a festive look)
In a food processor, combine the fruits and nuts and pulse until you get a course mixture, about one minute. Add orange juice and continue to pulse until the mixture sticks together (like the photo), about 15 seconds.
Shape the mixture into one inch balls and roll in sugar. Refrigerate.
Makes 40 sugarplum drops.
caloriecount.about.com tells me that each one is 52 calories, 7.2 g carbs, and 0.9 g fiber.