Sugar Plum Sugar Cookies

12.12.18 - BY RSVP International

If you have the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from the Nutcracker stuck in your head right now, then you’re in good company. We’ve had it playing all day while baking these Sugar Plum Sugar Cookies. And we’re not sorry about it, because these cookies are amazing.

With a nice and spice-filled sugar plum jam, these cookies are almost like a linzer cookie without the nuts. We decided to instead make a simple sugar cookie dough and add some jam.

There’s two tools you’ll absolutely need to create these cookies. A small sifter and a large & small sized cookie cutter. You can go with shapes if you want, but plain circles and squares work as well! Either way, these cookies turn out beautifully.

For this version, we used the Mini Sifters and the Round Rippled / Heart Shaped Biscuit Cutters to give it a little extra cuteness. These cookie make great little gifts during the holiday season or as a special little pick-me-up for friends, family, and loved ones.

These Sugar Plum Sugar Cookies come together easily and quickly, with super short bake times. It takes a little bit of prep time, as the dough needs to chill for at least an hour. Once you get going though, it flies right by!


You want to create bottoms and tops of the cookies. For the bottoms, only cut out the larger cookie/biscuit cutter size. For the tops, cut out the larger size then use the smaller cutter to create a window in the center. You should end up with an equal number of top and bottom pieces, about 24 cookies total.

Once the cookies have baked and cooled, add a dollop of Sugar Plum Jam to the center of the bottoms. You can buy Sugar Plum Jam from any specialty stores or you can make your own!

Place the top cookies on top of that, pressing down lightly to ensure that the cookies are closed together.

Then sprinkle with powdered sugar to your hearts content! Don’t worry about getting powdered sugar on the parts with the jam. The sugar dissipates into the jam, making it so only the jam shows on the cookie.

We hope you enjoy making this recipe as much as we enjoyed eating it!

Sugar Plum Jam Sugar Cookies

A butter cookie sandwich with sugar plum jam, lightly dusted with powdered sugar. A perfect little treat for the cookie lovers in your home. 

Prep Time 45 minutes
Dough in Refrigerator 1 hour

Servings 24 cookies


  • 3
  • 2
    Aluminum free baking powder
  • 1
    Corn starch
  • 1/4
  • 1
    Cup (2 sticks)
    Unsalted butter
    room temperature
  • 1
    Large egg
  • 2
    Vanilla extract
  • 1/2
    Almond extract
  • 1
    Sugar plum jam
  • Powdered sugar
    for dusting


  1. Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside. 

  2. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until thoroughly fluffed, at least two minutes. Scraped down the sides of the bowl. 

  3. Add flour mixture in a little bit at a time, with the mixer on low. Scrape sides in between adding flour, so everything is well incorporated. The dough should form into a ball and be soft. 

  4. Wrap dough ball in saran wrap and allow to sit in refrigerator for at least one hour. 

  5. When you're ready to make the cookies, preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on well-floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes. Bottom pieces, leave cookie whole. For the top pieces, cut out shape with small cookie cutter into center. There should be 24 of each. 

  6. Place parchment paper on a large cookie sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, until edges are light brown. Allow to sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. 

  7. To assemble cookies, take one bottom piece and spread 1 1/2 tsp sugar plum onto cookie. Place top piece on top and set onto cooling rack. Once all cookies are assembled, lightly (or heavily, if sugar is your thing) dust with powdered sugar. Allow to sit for at least one hour before serving or moving, to allow jam to set the cookies together. 

Sugar Cookie recipe adapted from Jenny Cookies.