Apricot Jewels

  • Active Time 45m
  • Total Time 45m

about 2 1/2 dozen pieces

Bite into an Apricot Jewel and discover a rum-soaked cherry in the middle.


  • 60 dried tart cherries (about 1 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum or apricot brandy
  • 1 pound dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup coarse sugar such as crystal or sanding sugar


Combine dried cherries and rum (or brandy) in a small saucepan. Gently warm over very low heat, swirling the liquid in the pan. Remove from the heat, cover and let the cherries plump for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile pulse apricots in a food processor until finely chopped. (Alternatively, put apricots through the medium blade of a meat grinder). Transfer the apricots to a large mixing bowl and stir in lemon zest and enough honey to make a mixture that holds together. (The mixture should not be too wet).

Shape the apricot paste into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Insert 2 plumped cherries in the center of each ball and reroll into a ball. Spread sugar in a shallow dish and coat each ball completely in sugar. Set the balls on a wire rack and leave to dry overnight. Place the balls in paper candy cups.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7601

nutrition information per serving

66 calories; 0g total fat; 0g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 11mg sodium; 17g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 0g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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