Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min. + standing


about 8 dozen

Updated: Dec. 17, 2022
When our kids read about sugarplums in a holiday tale, they were intrigued ... and I was too. I figured out a no-bake way to make the sweets from dried fruits and nuts. —Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, Georgia


  • 1 package (15 ounces) raisins
  • 2 cups pitted dried plums (prunes)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) dried mixed fruit
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • Sugar


  1. In a food processor, combine the raisins, plums, mixed fruit and pecans. Cover and process until chopped. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls, then roll in sugar. Place on waxed paper and let stand at room temperature for 4 hours. Store in an airtight container. Roll in additional sugar before serving if desired.

Sugarplums Tips

How do you store sugarplums?

You can store these sugarplums in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature for several days. You could also store them in the refrigerator if you'd like, they'll keep for several weeks when stored this way.

What are some different variations of this sugarplums recipe?

There are so many ways to switch up this sugarplums recipe! Try adding different nut or fruit options to this recipe, like in these apricot-pecan sugarplums. Some other fruit and nut ideas are pistachios, dried pineapple, mango and apple. You could also make boozy sugarplums with either bourbon or rum. Make sure to not add too much alcohol since it might cause the sugarplums to become too soft and lose their shape.

How do you serve sugarplums?

Serve them alongside other Christmas desserts for a festive treat tray at a holiday gathering. (If you have guests with gluten sensitivities or allergies, try out this gluten-free sugarplums recipe!) Or enjoy them with your family on Christmas Eve while reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor, and Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist

Nutrition Facts

1 sugarplum: 42 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.