How to make old fashioned sugarplums
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Old Fashioned Sugarplums


  • 3 cups Assorted dried fruits (raisins, apricots, cherries, dates, figs, prunes, craisins, pineapple... whatever you like.)
  • 2 TBS Orange juice (can substitute another juice if needed)
  • Chopped nuts (optional)
  • Toppings. You can use sugar, powdered sugar, cocoa, shredded coconut, ot whatever you like.


  • Put the dried fruit in the food processor. We like to use 1/2 cup amounts of the different types. Add the nuts if desired. Add the orange juice.
  • Pulse the mixture until it is cut into small pieces. It will be a sticky mass, which is what you want.
  • Put the toppings in small bowls. With wet hands, roll the fruit mixture into small balls, about 1" in diameter. Roll them in the toppings until they're completely covered.
  • Put the sugarplums on a plate and put them in the refrigerator or other cool place to chill for an hour so they set. Afterwards they can be stored in an airtight container.


For different flavors, you can roll them in powdered sugar, shredded coconut, or cocoa mix instead of granulated sugar. Any leftover sugar can just be saved for use on cereal or in your next bread recipe.