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Sugarplums from Sweet Confections

In front of me was a simply beautiful book on candy making:

Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home.

The library had placed the book on an end cap, where librarian choices are often featured, it caught my eye as I walked by. I can rarely pass up taking a look at candy making cookbooks, this book especially stands out. The photography makes it worthy of being on a coffee table instead of in a dusty bookshelf. The recipes and instruction on candy making make it a must have book. And on the recipes, Nina has picked many that are not what you would expect. And so that is how I made a dried fruit and nut treat out of a candy book. Yet, it works. I would be happy to receive the Sugarplums as a gift, tucked into a box of truffles. The rolling of them in spiced sugar takes them from “raw balls” to “candy like”. I will have to remember to come back to this book next winter when I am making candy for gifts!

I did adapt the recipe: I used raw almonds and I was out of apricots so I used golden raisins. Otherwise I followed it.

Sugarplums (Adapted from pages 92-93)


  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup dry roasted/unsalted pistachios
  • 1 cup dried plums
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup golden raisins or apricots
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp rosewater
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon


Finely chop the almonds and pistachios in a food processor, transfer to a small bowl.

Add the dried fruit and honey to the food processor, process until it starts to clump. Add the nuts and rosewater, process on high until a ball forms.

Use a 1 Tablespoon Disher to make balls, roll quickly in your hands to smooth. Add the sugar and spices to a bowl, mix together and roll the balls in the sugar until coated.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes about 22 balls.


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