Sugarplum Recipe

Small Batch Sugar Plum recipe – this festive treat is made with an assortment of dried fruits and nuts, chocolate chips, honey, and spices. These delightful little bites are so easy to make and are perfect to enjoy anytime of the year.

This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. All thoughts and opinions are always my own.

Inspired by the holiday ballet The Nutcracker, we have for you a wonderful Sugarplum recipe. These Sugarplums are a festive treat to enjoy not just during the holidays but any time of the year.

My youngest daughter studied ballet for over ten years. Every year, her ballet school would put on a beautiful production of The Nutcracker Ballet. The youngest students at the school started out dancing the parts of the gingerbread. As the students got older, they moved up to dancing as the mice, the soldiers, and eventually they might be picked to play the coveted role of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Nutcracker Ballet is a tradition in our family and although my daughter doesn’t dance anymore, this time of the year brings back those wonderful memories.

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Bowls of sugar plums | One Dish Kitchen

What Is A Sugar Plum?

You might be familiar with Sugar Plums from the classic story, “Twas The Night Before Christmas” which so many of us grew up hearing and reading. In the story,

“The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads…”

So, what exactly is a sugar plum, why is it dancing, and is sugar plum one word or two?

I learned a lot while researching sugarplums and discovered that they go back to perhaps the 1600’s.

The definition of a sugarplum is has evolved slightly through the years and various food historians may dispute the findings, but here is what I learned:

  • Many years ago people discovered that they could preserve fruits with sugar. It is thought that a sugarplum was literally that – a sugared plum.
  • By around the 16th century, candies made from fruits, especially dried fruits, and nuts were called sugarplums. In fact, this definition inspired this particular sugar plums recipe.

In my research, I found so much information. If you’re interested in learning more, you can read about the history of sugarplums in this interesting article from Time.

As for sugarplums being one or two words? It appears that it can be both and I haven’t been able to find a definitive answer on the topic.

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How To Make Sugar Plums | One Dish Kitchen

How To Make Sugar Plums

These sugar plums are made with a wonderful mix of dried fruits and walnuts, a handful of chocolate chips, a little honey, and an aromatic mix of spices. The ingredients are all placed in a food processor and processed until smooth.

The sugar plum “dough” can be rolled into little balls and then rolled in colored sugar.

This small batch sugar plum recipe will yield approximately 10-12 sugar plums depending on how large you roll the balls. I used a 2 teaspoon cookie scoop for this recipe and was able to make 12 sugar plums.

plate of sugar plums | One Dish Kitchen

This post was created in partnership with Imperial Sugar and while I have received compensation for my partnership, all the opinions and thoughts are completely my own. 

You can find the recipes and full instructions HERE

Enjoy!

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11 COMMENTS

  1. These are so colorful and fun. I just took my son to see the Nutcracker for the first time a couple weeks ago and the sugar plum fairy was his favorite so I can see him being all over these!

  2. The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for us — as spectators, not dancers and the dance of the sugar plum fairies was always my favorite. I never knew what sugar plums were before, so thanks for clearing that up — and for the lovely, festive recipe!

    • Hi Tricia,
      The recipe that I created is on Imperial Sugar’s website. It will yield a small batch of around 12 small Sugar Plums. You can get to the recipe by clicking on the Imperial Sugar link in the post.

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