There was a time that dried fruits and nuts were winter’s finest treats, and that is when holiday classics such as Sugarplums and Fruitcake came about.
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup dried apricots
3/4 cup dried dates
3/4 cup walnuts
1 cup blanched almonds
1/4 cup orange juice
confectioner’s or granular sugar
In a blender or food processor, pulse the raisins, apricots, dates, walnuts, and almonds until coarse. Add the orange juice and pulse just until the mixture sticks together. Roll into 1-inch balls, then roll in sugar. Place into candy paper liners or separate in layers with waxed paper. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator, re-dusting with sugar just before serving as needed.