Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums
Servings: 36 Yield: 3 dozen cookies Chill 1 hr Bake 350°F 12 mins


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dark raisins, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plum jam
  • Colored decorating sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Make It

1. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in bowl. Beat together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in small bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture. Flatten dough into disk; wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour (or freeze 30 minutes).

2. Meanwhile, combine raisins, dates, pecans and jam in bowl.

3. Break off rounded measuring teaspoons of dough. With floured hands, roll into 3/4-inch balls. Make deep indentation in center of each ball. Spoon about 1/4 teaspoon raisin mixture into center. Pinch dough closed, reshaping with filling in center. Place on greased baking sheets. Refrigerate 1 hour.

4. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 12 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack. Divide colored sugars into bowls. While cookies are still warm, brush with melted butter; roll in colored sugar. Cool on rack. Makes 3 dozen cookies.