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My daughter and I read a book every night before she goes to bed. I think if I let her she would read Christmas books all year round. Her favorite is all of them but we return over and over to “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” She almost has the rhyme memorized and I more than have it memorized, so we recite it together page by page. So this year I decided that I would try and make the book really come alive to her.
One of my favorite lines from the book is, “while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.” Now what in the world is a sugarplum??? Now I am sure when this story was written that sugarplums were a common cookie everyone knew. But as time goes on things evolve and change, and we exchange old traditional items for new traditional holiday treats. So I started doing a little researching and Googling to find out what exactly is a sugarplum? The word plum at one time was used to refer to any dried fruit. You can start to see why this was a popular treat. Without refrigeration readily available, one of the ways people preserved food was drying it. So naturally trying to use up those foods, treats like sugarplums were born.
Sugarplums are pieces of dried fruit pureed with nuts and spices and rolled in either sugar or coconut. I think they are a cross between candy and cookie, and I think they are quite delicious. The only issue is nowadays it’s difficult to make these since we don’t typically have dried fruits lying around, and they can be expensive in the store. I really wanted to make these treats for Hannah and with her, so I decided that I would buy a bag of mixed dried fruit rather than each individual bag. I already had walnuts at home, and plenty of spices to choose from, so I knew we could get these treats made.
I really try to feed my family good quality foods and products. One of those products that I really believe in is the In The Raw® family of products. I have used them all, Sugar In The Raw®, Organic White Sugar In The Raw®, Agave In The Raw® and Stevia In The Raw®. I am sure there are a few more that I haven’t tried just yet. I have not been disappointed in any of them from sweetening my tea or coffee to making baked goods, In The Raw® has made them delicious. Recently what has been on my radar is the Organic White Sugar In The Raw®. I knew with needing to roll the sugarplums in sugar this would be just the thing to finish these sweet treats with.
Hannah and I set to work. In my food processor bowl we blended the mixed fruit, nuts, a pinch of salt, some Agave In The Raw®, and pulsed until thoroughly pureed and combined. I also added in some gingerbread spices to really give it that holiday warmth of spice. I took my small ice cream scoop and scooped each one into a bowl of the Organic White Sugar In The Raw® and completely coated each piece. I placed them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and placed them in the fridge to firm up. Needless to say they were a hit! Try these out and have fun reviving an old tradition.
- 2 cups of mixed dried fruit
- 1 cup of Agave In The Raw®
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1tsp of cinnamon
- ½ tsp of ginger
- ¼ tsp of cloves
- ¼ tsp of allspice
- 1 cup of walnuts (any nuts)
- ½ cup or more of Organic White Sugar In The Raw®
- Pulse all ingredients (except the organic white sugar) in food processor until thoroughly pureed and combined.
- Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop into a bowl of sugar and roll the ball around until its thoroughly coated.
- Place the balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet then place in the fridge until firm.
In The Raw®, where sweetness runs in the family.