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Festive Fruit & Nut Balls

December 2006

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A no-bake, make-ahead treat, this perfect combination of fruit and nuts is a nutritious and delicious mouthful. Rolling them in shredded coconut gives them their festive look.


Festive Fruit & Nut Balls Recipe

Makes: About 3 dozen cookies

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pitted and snipped dates
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios, preferably unsalted
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut

Preparation

  1. Combine sugar, cranberries, dates and eggs in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, is pale yellow in color, registers at least 170°F on an instant-read thermometer and when a spoon is pulled through it, it leaves a clear trail. This will take 6 to 14 minutes, depending on how hot your stove's "medium-low" setting is.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in pistachios, walnuts, pecans and rum extract. Let stand until cool enough to handle, about 45 minutes.
  3. With damp or lightly oiled hands, form the mixture into 1-inch balls (about 1 generous teaspoon each). Roll each ball in coconut. Place the finished balls on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and store in the refrigerator.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Place on wax paper; store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Per cookie: 64 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 12 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 9 mg sodium; 49 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 1/2 fat



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Recipe Categories

Ease of Preparation
Easy
Ethnic/Regional
American
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Health & Diet Considerations
Diabetes appropriate
Low carbohydrate
Gluten free
Servings
8 or more
Meal/Course
Dessert
Holiday
Christmas
Publication
December 2006

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