Recipe du Jour: Sugar Plum Drops


It’s the holiday season. You’ve been invited to a couple of holiday parties, there’s the huge holiday dinners coming up, and you’ve been so busy you haven’t had time to work out. You’d like to make something healthy so you don’t gain too many pounds, but you know the relatives would throw a fit. Sound like you?

Sounds like me. Except I have this recipe up my sleeve. These sugar plum drops sound like they came straight out of the Nutcracker, and they’re so tasty nobody would guess that they’re (mostly) healthy. Rolled in sugar, nobody would be the wiser. And they’re a flash to make!


  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped dates
  • ½ cup dried apricots
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup pecans
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • ¼ cup orange juice, no pulp
  • ½ cup sugar (granulated or confectioners’)


Combine the dried fruit and nuts in a food processor and pulse until you get a coarse mixture, about 1 minute. Add the orange juice and pulse again until the mixture sticks together, about 15 seconds. Shape into 1-inch balls, then roll them in sugar for a sweet coating. Refrigerate. Makes about 2½ dozen.

Notes: I like to roll mine in granulated sugar. It makes them more festive to me. I also like to keep them chilled until serving, so that they don’t fall apart. Another advantage is that they’re gluten-free, so you can feel good giving them to those hard-to-bake-for friends.