Twelve Days of Holiday Treats: Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry “Truffles”

Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry "Truffles" sprinkled with coconut and served on a black trayWelcome to Day 10 of

The Twelve Days of Holiday Treats!

Once again, this year, from December 1st-12th I’ll post a new holiday treat recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining!

The recipes I’m sharing are small batch (perfect for this year of smaller gatherings – each recipe makes 1-dozen or a few more smaller-sized treats) that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment  so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim.

Today’s treat is a no-bake recipe that feels a little virtuous because it’s packed with dried fruit and nuts (but don’t worry, it’s got a touch of chocolate for holiday decadence too!). It’s an addictive snack as you work through your holiday “to do” list (somehow, even though the holidays are so very different and none of us, at least in Ontario are should be preparing large family gatherings, the season still feels busy…).

Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry "Truffles" topped with white chocolate on a black serving plateThese come together in no time and enjoy a short rest in the fridge as they set, then you dip them in chocolate and store them in the fridge. Bet you can’t stop going back for “just one more”. There are a couple of things that I find useful in this recipe – a mini food processor and a small cookie scoop. They will make your life easier in so many ways, I’d say they are a good investment if you’re looking to add to your kitchen collection.

Yield: 18-20

White Chocolate, Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry "Truffles"

Easy no-bake fruit and nut "truffles".

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Dipping Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the "truffles"

  • 50g (1/2 cup) slivered almonds
  • 45g (1/2 cup) unsweetened coconut
  • 60g (1/2 cup) dried cranberries
  • 75g (1/2 cup) dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

For the topping:

  • Approx 150g good quality white chocolate, melted and slightly cooled

Instructions

    1. Line a small baking tray with parchment paper.
    2. Place the almonds in a mini food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse until you have some larger and some smaller chunks of almonds. Remove from the bowl and set aside.
    3. Place the cranberries and apricot pieces in the food processor and pulse until the fruit is well chopped and starting to form a paste.
    4. Add the coconut oil and continue to pulse until the mix starts to form a sticky smooth paste.
    5. Add the nuts back to the fruit paste and pulse until just combined.
    6. Use a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and press the mixture in tightly, forming approximately 20 small balls.
    7. Place on the parchment-lined baking tray and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    8. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a simmering pot of water until 3/4 of the chocolate is melted. You can also do this on a microwave (at 50 or 60% power for bursts of 30 seconds, stirring after each 30 seconds).
    9. Remove the chocolate bowl from the hot water pot and stir to melt the rest of the chocolate.
    10. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, with parchment between layers, for up to a week (if they last that long).

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Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry "Truffles" dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with coconut What about you – what are you snacking on this holiday season?

Stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings and in the meantime…

Check out the rest of the 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Rice Krispie Wreaths

Day 2: Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Day 3: Peppermint Bark

Day 4: Orangettes

Day 5: Rocky Road Chocolate Crackle Slice

Day 6: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Day 7: Orange Pim’s

Day 8: Mendiants

Day 9: Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Day 10: Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry “truffles”

Day 11: Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Brownies

Day 12: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

OR

Check out last year’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies:

Day 1: Easy Three Ingredient Shortbread

Day 2: Jam Drops

Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice

Day 4: Melting Moments

Day 5: White Christmas

Day 6: Langues de Chat

Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice

Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits

Day 9: Rocky Road

Day 10: Honey Joys

Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles

Day 12: Giant Florentine Cookie (to share)

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