Total Time
3hrs 12mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 12 mins

I have been meaning to try these for some time, and I am sharing this now in response to a request. Adapted from an old holiday issue of "Family Circle" magazine. Prep time includes two chilling times - plan ahead.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix flour, salt,and baking powder; set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together.
  3. Add egg and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat well.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Flatten dough into a flat round, cover tightly in plastic wrap, and let chill for at least 1 hour.
  6. Mix together the dried fruits and nuts with the plum jam.
  7. Take about 1 rounded teaspoonful of chilled dough and roll into a ball (you may want to dip your hands in a little flour first).
  8. Press a dent into the dough ball and fill dent with a small amount of the fruit& nut mixture.
  9. Pinch dough over the filling and reroll to cover the filling.
  10. Set dough balls on greased baking sheets.
  11. Chill at least 1 hour.
  12. Preheat oven to 350 F and bake sugar plums 12 minutes.
  13. Remove to racks to cool slightly.
  14. While the sugar plums are still warm, brush them with some melted butter, then roll in colored sugars to coat thoroughly.
  15. Let cool on wire rack.


Most Helpful

These are really worth the effort and look very impressive when you serve them. I got a kick out the surprise that people got when they bit into the Sugar Plums. I did plan ahead and started making these early in the morning and did other things for the barbie that night whilst the dough and dough balls were chilling. I followed your directions to the letter. By the way, great instructions. Oh I made a pale plumish coloured decorating sugar. ;-) If you really want to dazzle someone, these are the babies to try that with!! Thank you HeatherFeather.

Chrissyo March 29, 2003

I dont know what happened... I followed the recipe exactly and they were a pain to make and when i baked them they just melted and pour off the baking sheet into my oven.. The squishy mess tasted amazing though! Maybe you meant 1 & 1/4 cup flour? I'll try again though for sure, the squish that I made taste phenomenal!

Chef Coco Nut December 06, 2009

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