Recipe: A different sweet for Christmas

It seems like you see the same-old sweets every Christmas.  One Christmas, I wanted to make something a tad sophisticated and different tasting.  These fit the bill, and they were easy to make.  I found the recipe in my 1997 Reader’s Digest Christmas magazine, but it’s also online.


4 ounces(about 10) dried figs
1/3 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 cup sugar

Nutritional Information
1 piece:
Calories 44
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Fat 1g
Protein 1g
Carbohydrate 9g
Fiber 1g
Sodium 1mg
Cholesterol 0mg

This traditional Christmas sweet is low in both calories and fat-and easy to make too.


Makes about 2 dozen candies
Preparation time: 30 minutes

Step 1:
Trim stems from figs. In a food processor, combine figs, almonds, cocoa, and cinnamon, and chop until minced. Add remaining ingredients except sugar, and pulse just until mixed.

Step 2:
Form into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. To serve, arrange balls in shallow dish or place in paper or aluminum candy cups. (Can be made up to 1 week ahead. Store in an airtight container.)


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