A long time ago my Mother’s best friend Ann would toil away in the kitchen in the days before Christmas. Inevitably a tray of cookies would show up at our home.
There was one “cookie” that I looked forward to every year. It was an Apricot Ball something. Recently I called my Mom to ask her for the recipe.
I would have called Ann but she is in heaven…she died a number of years ago…breast cancer and then cancer took over her lungs and the rest of her body.
I can still see her in that coffin…a pleasant look on her face. A fork grasped in both of her hands…most people have their hands clasped together in prayer or holding rosary beads…but a fork?
Well here in Minnesota after a meal, the hostess usually clears the plates and says “Save your fork…dessert is coming up.”
For Ann being a Christian woman…she was all set for the dessert!
Ann’s Holiday Apricot Balls
One package (8 ounces) Dried Apricots ground fine or finely cut
2 1/2 Cups Flaked Coconut
3/4 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
One Cup Chopped Nuts
Blend together, shape into small balls, roll in chopped nuts. Makes about 5 dozen.
** I found that if I chilled the mixture it was easier to work with.
I made made a batch of Apricot Balls and I also made a batch of Craisin ones that were infused with Pomegranate Juice. Both are quite tasty and as good as I remember.
Have you ever asked your guests to save their fork?