DeDe Wilson "A Field Guide to Christmas Cookies"
Cooking Demo
Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2003

1/4 C. finely chopped dates
1/4 C. finely chopped dried figs
1/4 C. finely chopped pitted dried plums (prunes)
1/4 C. finely chopped dried cherries
1/4 C. finely chopped golden raisins
1/2 C. finely chopped pecans
1/4 C. unsweetened grated coconut (avail. in health food  stores)
2 T. light or dark rum, orange liqueur or orange juice
Granulated sugar

Toppings (optional)
Confectioners' sugar
Finely chopped almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios or  walnuts
Finely grated bittersweet chocolate
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Unsweetened grated coconut

Place all the dried fruit, pecans, coconut and liquid of  choice in a medium
bowl. Mix together by hand until thoroughly combined; it  should hold together when compressed. If it is dry, add a little more liquid.

Roll mixture into 1-inch balls between your palms,  compressing mixture so
that it sticks together. Place granulated sugar in a small  bowl and roll
sugarplums in it to coat completely; place in small fluted  paper cups, if desired.