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Christmas cookies: No-Bake Tropical Cookie Balls

1 cup crushed coconut bar cookies (about 8 cookies)

¼ teaspoon salt

1 (6-ounce) bag tropical medley dried fruit, finely minced (see note)

1 ½ cups finely chopped pecans, divided

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 ½ cups shredded sweetened coconut, divided

⅓ cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon rum extract

Combine cookie crumbs, salt and fruit in large bowl; stir well. Add 1 cup pecans, cinnamon and ½ cup coconut; mix well. Stir in corn syrup, honey and rum extract. Knead by hand until the mixture comes together. Shape into 1-inch balls.

Combine remaining ½ cup pecans and remaining 1 cup coconut on baking sheet. Roll balls in mixture to coat.

Yield: Makes 2 to 3 dozen.

Freezeworthy: No.

NOTE: Or substitute 1 cup of minced dried fruits, such as mango, pineapple, golden or dark raisins and papaya.

Tip: To make cookie crumbs, place cookies in food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Or place cookies in a resealable plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush cookies into fine crumbs.

Submitted by Doris Carter, Tampa

Mazzaro's Italian Market

Christmas cookies: No-Bake Tropical Cookie Balls 12/02/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 10:53am]
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