• Use a 00 size cookie scoop with the release mechanism or melon baller to form small 1-inch diameter balls. Store in closed container lined with plastic wrap and or waxed paper.
*California dried apricots such as SunMaid are cured so that preservatives do not react harshly with ingredients in recipes. This is vital for making any recipe using dried apricots.
• Cook's note: When forming the balls, be sure to compress the crumbs sufficiently so that the little balls hold together. The cookie scoop with the release bar really makes efficient work of forming equally sized balls. Take the time to finish compressing and smoothing them out by hand. They will dry out if left out in the air too long.
Source: Sherrel Jones.
The less sugary “Merry Christmas to All” version suitable for all ages
1 (6 ounce) bag dried California apricots*
1½ cups whole natural almonds
½ cup low sugar apricot jam
1 tablespoon pure almond extract