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Fruit and Nut Balls

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fruit and nut balls
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Fruit and Nut Balls have the perfect balance of rich chocolate, tangy fruit, and crunchy nuts. This recipe is very flexible, so feel free to try different pureed fruits in place of the applesauce, different dried fruits for the cranberries, and different nuts in place of the walnuts. With a little experimenting, you will soon have a candy perfectly customized to suit your tastes! This recipe yields about 3 dozen candies.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1.5 cup chopped walnuts, divided

Preparation:

1. Place the chocolate chips, applesauce, and almond extract in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave until the chocolate is melted, stirring after every minute to prevent overheating. (Alternately, you can melt the mixture on the stovetop over a double boiler).

2. Once the chocolate is melted, stir until the mixture is smooth. Add the powdered sugar, dried cranberries, and 1 cup of nuts, and stir until well-mixed. Place the candy in the refrigerator until firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.

3. Using a teaspoon, scoop up small amounts of the candy and roll it into balls between your palms. Place the remaining 1/2 cup chopped nuts in a small bowl, and roll the balls in the nuts to coat them.

4. Store the fruit and nuts balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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