Dried Fruit Jewels

It's wonderful to have lovely little cheerful tidbits on hand during the holiday season to serve to your friends and family when they drop in unexpectedly for a cup of tea or for dessert. For a change of pace from cookies and pastries, try serving these exquisite (and easy!) little morsels. You can make a bunch of them ahead of time, and keep them in a closed container in the refrigerator, then just pull them out as need. Children can help prepare these, too.

Rather than give you a recipe for these, I'm going to give you a description.

There are three elements:

Dried fruit (apricot halves–or pitted date or prune halves)
Softened cream cheese
Toasted almonds--or walnut or pecan halves

There is one simple method:

  1. Place a dab of cream cheese inside the fruit.
  2. Attach a nut to the cheese,
  3. Gently squeeze the fruit around the filling, to close it slightly.

Make a million of them and have fun!

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