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Sugar Plums

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 Sugar Plums 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Easy, delicious, and festive, these Sugar Plums are a unique treat to make this holiday season! With dried fruit, warming spices, and a sugary crunch, these will get you in the holiday spirit.


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  • 1/2 cup prunes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots or dates, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted, unsalted almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted, unsalted pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cherry jam
  • 3/4 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup coarse sugar for coating (this is the purple sugar we used)


  1. These homemade sugar plums taste best if you toast the nuts ahead of time. To do so, spread the nuts on a sheet pan and bake at 350˚F for 6-7 minutes, until they smell fragrant and nutty. If you want to skip the toasting step, that's fine. 
  2. Chop all of the dried fruit finely. Add the fruit and nuts to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add all remaining ingredients (except sugar) and pulse again until the mixture is sticky and comes together.
  3. Use a 1 tbsp cookie scoop to portion out the plums, then shape into an oval. Optional: use a toothpick to make an indentation on the front. Roll in sugar until well coated and (optional) stick a little rosemary sprig in the top as a stem. Enjoy!


Storage: These sugar plums will last in the refrigerator for up to several weeks. You can also freeze them for long term storage (up to 6 months).

You can really use any combination of dried fruits and nuts as long as you keep the quantities the same!

Toast the nuts for extra flavor. This isn't 100% essential, but it adds extra flavor! 

Chop up all your fruit before it goes in the food processor. This will make it much easier to get evenly-sized pieces. If it's not chopped first, you may end up with some big pieces of dried fruit.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 4 Sugar Plums
  • Calories: 79
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 146.7 mg
  • Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g