For the many of you asking for the key to these delightful and delicious treats.


3/4 c whole almonds or pistachios
1/2 c each finely chopped dried figs, dates, apricots
3 TB orange liqueur or orange juice
2 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves

Combine the ingredients in a food processor and pulse til the nuts are about the size of peppercorns and it begins to stick together. *

Form into 3 cm (1 inch) compact balls ~ around 32.

Place about 1/3 c sugar in a small bowl. Roll the sugarplums in the sugar, place on a piece of waxed paper.  Chill til firm, then store in a containter.  Keeps 1 week at room temp., and two in the fridge.

An excellent and delicious post-run energy snack.

2 Sugarplums = 100 cal

* Shall I tell you about the first year I made these after the food processor died and I believed I wouldn’t be able to make them after all? And then I realized that not only were these originally made before the invention of the food processor, they were invented pre-electicity. D’oh.  Now I simply prechop the nuts, put all the ingredients in a bowl, let the orange juice moisten the fruits for about 10 minutes, then dump the whole thing onto the cutting board.  A few minutes of chopping with a knife and it’s behaving wonderfully.

Dare I mention that I spent the afternoon making the Chocolate Orange Shortbread? Here’s a photo and a link to the recipe from last year.  These make people swoon. Make them if you have the time.

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