Thursday, July 21, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Dried Fruit Balls

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Last week, I posted my mom's recipe for macaroni and cheese. This week I'm featuring another of her recipes, dried fruit balls.

I'm not sure where she originally got this recipe, but she brought it down to me just before my eldest daughter's bat mitzvah weekend.  We had over 50 people over for dinner Friday night and for sandwiches Saturday night, and she and my mother-in-law made desserts for both nights for all those people.  Of course we had lots of brownies and cookies, but my mom also made this dessert.

The dates (pictured above - I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the completed recipe) and cranberries give the fruit balls a sweetness, so added sugar really isn't necessary.  But we add a little powdered sugar on the outside to keep the fruit balls from sticking to each other.

Dried fruit isn't the most economical ingredient, but if you watch for sales, you can get a good deal.  They are often on sale around Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Of course, the vanilla wafers can be bought cheaply throughout the year.  Or, check out ALDI - they have several different kinds of dried fruit for a low cost.


1 lb pitted dates
2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
6 tbsp orange juice concentrate
2 tbsp powdered sugar

Chop dates and crush cookies.  Combine with cranberries, nuts, and orange juice concentrate.  Shape into small balls.  Roll in powdered sugar.  Store in a tightly covered container in a cool location.

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Jill July 21, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

Hi Laura,
I shared my GF Zucchini Pancakes with a video and an article I hope you enjoy!

Heather Bea July 21, 2011 at 7:41 AM  

Thanks so much for hosting! I enjoy reading everyone's recipes every week!

Heather @

Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey July 21, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

That's a great dad would love this for Christmas.

Thank you for I am sharing my Noodles with cabbage and smoked sausage.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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