Indulgent Extras: Apricot/Cranberry/Walnut Balls

A RECIPE PACKED WITH FESTIVE FLAVORS AND HEALTHY FRUITS FROM LAKE AUSTIN SPA RESORT

Lake Austin

Winter merriment brings an abundance of sweet treats – even an overabundance. We turned to Lake Austin Spa Resort, the expert on relaxing holiday celebrations, for their take on seasonal sweets. Decked out in decorations, the resort’s cozy lake house atmosphere transforms into a warm, welcoming seasonal setting, offering cooking and baking demonstrations, crafts, and fireside family activities. Members heading to Lake Austin Spa Resort during December can expect a stress-free holiday retreat.

Here, a fruit-filled indulgence you’ll love to savor and serve during the coming season.

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups dried apricots
1 ½ cups dried cranberries
¾ cup toasted walnut pieces
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon Asian 5 spice
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Instructions:
Combine the first six ingredients together in a food processor and then blend in 10-second intervals until it becomes a cohesive mixture.

Put the sugar in a bowl, and add the cayenne if you like a little extra kick.

Mold the fruit mixture into large, marble-sized balls and then roll in the sugar. Store the treats in an air-tight container in a single layer. Recipe makes 50.

Enjoy:
Sip up something sweet and seasonal, and relax.

Our Lake Austin Spa Resort Boutique opens Monday at 11AM ET.

November 8, 2010