Candy Christmas Desserts

Sugar Plums

November 12, 2017

I have been itching to get in the kitchen and make candy, so yesterday my friend Laura came over to make Sugar Plums (and other goodies)! There are several sugar plum recipes out there, some include figs and other spices, but I was sold on this one because of the orange zest.

Sugar Plums

Making Sugar Plums is super simple! Combine everything in a food processor and mix until it forms a big ball. Then scoop it out, roll into balls, and roll into sugar. That’s it!

Sugar Plums

This recipe has dried plums, dried apricots, almonds, orange zest, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It tastes like Christmas! I love the spices and the orange zest really brightens it. They taste even better the next day after you make them. If you find the coarse sugar makes the sugar plums too crunchy, you can use regular granulated sugar.

Yield: about 45-50 sugar plums

Sugar Plums


1 1/4 cups toasted almonds*
1 1/2 cups dried plums (prunes)
1 1/2 cups dried apricots
3 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. orange zest
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
coarse sugar

*I used almond slivers and toasted them in a skillet until lightly golden brown.


1. Finely chop the almonds in a food processor.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the coarse sugar, and process until combined. The mixture will form a large ball.

3. Roll into balls, (I used a 2 tsp. cookie scoop), then roll into coarse sugar.

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  • Choice Furniture Superstore November 30, 2017 at 6:10 am

    They are looking delicious. I just love it.

  • Agness of Run Agness Run December 7, 2017 at 4:18 am

    This is an awesome treat with a perfect combo of ingredients, Leah! I am so impatient to give them a try as my mouth is watering right now. Can I use maple syrup instead of honey when preparing them?

    • Leah Short December 7, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Agness! These are perfect for the upcoming holidays with the spices and orange zest. I’ve never made them with maple syrup. I would assume it would be ok, but may change the flavor a bit. If you try it, let me know how they turn out!