No-Bake Sugar Plums

No-Bake Sugar Plums

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 36cookies
  • About This Recipe

    “My kids love to make these cookies, and they make wonderful gifts! A great cookie for vegans or people who are lactose-intolerant.”


  • 1/2 cupdried apricot
  • 1/4 cup dried figs or 1/4 cupdates
  • 1/2 cupchopped pecans
  • 1/4 cupgolden raisin
  • 1/4 cupflaked coconut
  • 3tablespoons orange liqueur or 3tablespoonsorange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoonalmond extract
  • 1/4 cupgranulated sugar
  • Directions

  • In a food processor or by hand, finely chop apricots, pecans, figs or dates, raisins and coconut.
  • Add liqueur or orange juice and almond flavoring.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Roll into 36 balls, about 1-inch, by placing a small amount of the mixture between the palms of your hands.
  • Roll each ball in granulated sugar.
  • Layer in an airtight container, placing waxed paper or plastic wrap between each layer to prevent sticking.
  • Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Serve on a glass plate lined with a paper doily.
  • Reviews

  • “I love making these for Chrismas.Thanks for sharing.”

  • “A wonderful, unique addition to a dainty platter.Easy to make, and fun for kids to help with.Five stars all the way.”

  • “These were perfect for the holidays: easy to make, yummy, and healthy.They will definitely become a holiday tradition for us.I used dates and fresh squeezed orange juice, and replaced the raisins with dried cranberries.Thanks for posting!”

  • “These are wonderful little gems! I used orange marmalade instead of the OJ and skipped the raisins. This is a new holiday favorite! Thanks, Mirj”

  • “Truly delightful–a delicious and complex blend of flavors and textures like no other!!And so much more healthful than most candy!I used dates and orange juice this time, but plan to make this recipe again at Christmas with orange liqueur (that has to be wonderful!).Like another reviewer mentioned, these are best if left in the fridge for awhile, so the flavors can come together.This recipe is definitely a keeper!Thanks so much for sharing it, Mirj!!”

  • “This is a wonderful recipe, and it deserves every one of it’s five stars. I used dates and orange liqueur, and rolled 1/2 tablespoon sized balls in a mixture of plain coco and hot chocolate mix. I put the balls into little candy cups, and they looked like chocolate truffles! I gave them out as Christmas gifts, and had great feedback. I’ll be making these every Christmas from now on. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!”

  • “Finally I come across a quick Christmas cookie posting that is not made with pre-made cookie dough, packaged cookies or crackers, and high sugar.I make a version of this using ground cashews, almonds or walnuts. Any dried fruit (goji berries, cranberries, prunes, red dates) can be substituted for the amounts of apricots and dates. For another level of flavor, add ground spices (cinnamon,nutmeg, cloves, cardomon, anise).Since this fruit paste is already sweet, I roll the balls in dessicated coconut .I leave them as balls or flatten as coins.Best refrigerated overnight for flavors to blend.”

  • “These were sweet and yummy! Even the adults loved them. Thank you for sharing Mirj. Keep em coming!”