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pile of apricot balls

Apricot balls

  • Author: Amélie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes (plus 3 hours freezing time)
  • Cook Time: 0 minute
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 balls 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Turkish
  • Diet: Gluten Free


With their sweet meltingly soft apricot paste and crunchy fragrant pistachio coating, apricot balls make for the perfect teatime treat!  This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients and you don’t even need to wait for apricots to be in season to try these Turkish confections.


  • 250g semi-dried apricots (still soft) (1 ⅓ cup)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey or golden syrup (optional, only if needed)
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar (optional, if your apricots aren’t sweet enough)
  • 50g pistachios (⅓ cup), whole and unsalted


instructions for apricot balls

  1. Place the apricots and cinnamon in a food processor. Process until the apricots turn into a smooth paste, about 2 min, taking breaks to scrape the edges of the processor.  If you use a small food processor like mine, do it in 2 batches.
  2. Make sure that the mixture can be pressed into balls by pressing the paste with a finger. If the paste ‘doesn’t come together’ add the honey or golden syrup and process again. If it’s still too dry add more honey, 1 tsp at a time, until you get the right texture.
  3. Put the paste on a plate and press it down with the back of a spoon or a spatula until it’s around 2cm (¾ in) thick. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 1h30 or until firmer.
  4. Remove the apricot paste from the freezer. With slightly wet hands, form balls out of it (1 tbsp of paste per ball), about 3 cm (1 ⅕ in) in diameter. You might need to wash your hands from time to time as they will get sticky.
  5. Place the apricot balls on a baking tray lined with oiled parchment paper and place the tray in the freezer for 1h30 or until the apricot balls are firmer.
  6. Roughly chop the pistachios and place them in a small plate. Roll each ball in pistachios, place in an airtight container and refrigerate.


The apricot balls will keep for up to 10 days in the fridge.


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 167
  • Fat: 4.5g

Keywords: turkish dessert, pistachio recipes, apricot bliss balls, dried apricots recipes