And visions of sugarplums danced in their heads

Filed under: food | Tags: | January 2nd, 2012
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We didn’t do much baking this Christmas – too many other things needed to get done, and really, who needs the extra calories. Not me … especially when I have to choose between brie and cookies! We also received some awesome baking from a fried, which the kids would have eaten all in one night if we had let them. With that said, we decided that we wanted to give this recipe a try … yes you read that … sugarplums! For real!

“Luxury dried fruit” means a mix of raisins and whatever other fruit you want – we had some sweetened dried pineapple, dried apricots and a raisin mix but you can add really anything dried you get your hands on – cherries, cranberries, blueberries, etc. Ready made marzipan means the kind with sugar added so it’s sweet enough to enjoy and can be found at a German or European grocery store. The ground almonds I found at the Italian centre but can be purchased at middle eastern stores too. Pureeing was straightforward  and rolling them was a bit sticky but also simple (E helped me).

Cookies and marzipan

The recipe says 25g of marzipan but I weighed out 50 g – the more the better, right? I was glad I did, they seemed just right to me. After rolling the cookies are cut in half, the marzipan ball put in side, then put back together and rolled in sugar/spice mix (I used cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg).

Marzipan ball

O was in charge of putting the marzipan balls in the cookies when cut in half. I did it with the kids in a matter of 10 minutes or so.

adding the marzipan

They were delicious and both kids got to help and it was also very fast and easy to do.

sugarplums!!!

I will definitely be adding this to my Christmas cooking list. Thanks Delia!

Recipe and finished product