These buttery plum pie bites are bite-sized plum pie cookies, made with a buttery shortbread crust and topped with ripe Italian plums. The crust is pressed into the pan and made with a soft, pliable dough that is foolproof and easy to make.

buttery plum pie bites

Late summer baking is my favorite thing in the world. When Italian plums are in season, I buy pounds and pounds of them. To make plum jam, plum coffee cake and these plum pie cookies.

plum pie cookies

These plum bites, as I call them, are really bite sized pieces of plum pie. Made with an easy crust, that you just press into the pan, that tastes like a shortbread cookie.

The plums need little attention. This recipe calls for really ripe and sweet plums. All you need to do with them is slice them in half and remove the stones. Then you mix them with sugar and cinnamon and that’s it.

Sugar helps bring out those plum juices that cook into a jam of sorts. And the cinnamon adds an extra punch to the plum flavor. It smells incredible and makes these plum pie cookies taste like a dream.

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Buttery plum pie bites

These are like plum cookies, with a buttery crust and a jammy plum filling in the middle. They can be cut small and bite-size.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 16


  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter cut in small cubes and chilled
  • 2 large eggs whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds Italian plums pitted and halved
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons apricot jam


  • In your food processor combine flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and pulse until you get a texture of coarse crumbs. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Pulse a few times until you get a more solid ball of dough.
  • Transfer to a large bowl. The dough should be soft, but not overly sticky. If it is, keep adding flour until it's smooth. Knead the dough into a smooth ball, then flatten it into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a square 12-inch (30-cm) baking pan, line it with parchment paper.
  • Place plums in a large bowl and sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon. Stir to coat the plums and set aside.
  • Slice off 2/3 of the dough and transfer it to the pan. Stretch it out and press it into the bottom of the pan with your fingers as evenly as you can.
  • Spread plums all over, with the sliced side up. Sprinkle with one more tablespoon of sugar.
  • Lastly, flour your working surface and roll out the last 1/3 of the dough. Slice it into strips and gently lay them over the pie to form a net.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until the dough is golden brown and plums soft. Remove from the oven.
  • Mix apricot jam with a tablespoon of very hot water. Brush the warm plum pie all over with the jam, then allow it to cool completely before slicing. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.


Store leftover plum pie bites at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
If you don’t like apricot jam, other flavors work nicely too. 

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  1. Ayimafarooq says:

    Your recipe is soooooooooo delicious . It’s bites are yummy . It is awesome snack I ever eat. Thank you for this great recipe

    1. Ayimafarooq says:

      I want to share this recipe with you . It’s name ( CHEESY ROLLS ).It’s awesome and it’s also very tasty . You also love these rolls . First put some of the plain flour as you want . Put 1 tablespoon oil in it and also 1 tablespoon salt. Then mix it properly with your hands . Make it in plain shape . Convert iI in the shape of square . Then cut some some vegetables in small pieces such as ( carrots , peas ,potatoes , bell pepper)and steam them.cut chicken in small pieces and add cheez and also put some black pepper . It makes good taste . Mix them all together completely . Now turn to put this all mixture in the square shape. Mix some oil and 1 egg . And put this on both sides of square . Now roll them all . And fry it in the oil .this is complete now .

    2. Alice says:

      Thank you!

  2. This Muslim Girl Bakes says:

    just discovered your blog – your photos are beautiful! 🙂

    1. Alice says:

      Yay, thank you! 🙂