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Almond Fruit Balls

These make a nice gift, packed in an attractive tin or box. Recipe can be doubled.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole natural almonds, toasted
  • 1 (6 ounce) package mixed dried fruit bits
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur

Instructions

  1. Place almonds in bowl of food processor fitted with steel blade; process until finely chopped.
  2. Add fruit, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pulse on and off a few times, then process to make a rough paste.
  3. Add liqueur and process to make a firm, sticky paste. (Add more liqueur, a few drops at a time, if needed to make a slightly moist dough.)
  4. Shape into 1-inch balls, rolling between palms of hands.
  5. Pack loosely in airtight container with wax paper between layers.
  6. Serve as confections or as dessert with coffee or tea.

Yield: 12 servings


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