The Dough

  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) butter
  • 150 grams (5.3 ounces) sour cream
  • 300 grams (10.6 ounces) flour
  • 3 grams (0.1 ounces, 0.6 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 50 grams (1.8 ounces, 1 large) egg
  • Pinch of salt

The Filling

  • 400 grams (14.1 ounces, about 2 medium) apples
  • 400 grams (14.1 ounces, about 3 medium) plums
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 30 grams (1 ounce, 2 tablespoons) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom


  • Mixing Bowls

    Essential for combining dry and wet ingredients. Choose various sizes to make your workflow smoother.

  • Whisk

    Perfect for blending the egg and sour cream together. Make sure it's sturdy for an even mixture.

  • Rolling Pin

    Helpful for achieving an even dough thickness. If you don't have one, a wine bottle can be a good alternative!

  • Baking Sheet

    You'll need a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking.

  • Pastry Cutter

    Great for cutting the dough into circles. If you don't have one, a glass with the appropriate diameter will work.

  • Pastry Brush

    Used for brushing the tops of the pastries with egg for a golden finish.


Step 1

Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Use a whisk for even distribution.

Step 2

In another bowl, whisk together the egg and sour cream. Add the butter (at room temperature) and mix well with the dry ingredients. Knead the mixture until you form a slightly sticky dough. Place it in a bag and refrigerate for at least an hour. Chilling helps develop the dough's texture.

Step 3

Remove the pits from the plums. Add the fine zest from the orange, sugar, orange juice, and cardamom. Cook over low heat until the fruit softens, about 15-20 minutes. Use a blender to mash the mixture into a puree. Cut the apples into small cubes and mix them with the plum puree. Ensure apples are evenly coated with the puree.

Step 4

Divide the dough into two parts and roll each one on a floured surface. Cut out circles with a diameter of 8-10 cm (3-4 inches). Place a spoonful of filling on half of each circle, cover with the other half, and seal the edges with a fork or by pressing them like a dumpling. Make three small cuts on top of each pastry. Put the pastries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the top with a lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Bake in an oven preheated to 356°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes or until light golden. Monitor your oven closely as baking times may vary.

Step 5

The amount of sugar in the filling can be increased if you like sweeter desserts. Adjust to taste.


Once your pastries are baked to a beautiful golden hue, the possibilities for serving are endless! 🎉

Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top of a warm pastry to amplify its deliciousness. The contrast between hot and cold is simply irresistible. 🍦

For a more sophisticated touch, serve these pastries with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate. It will take your dessert experience to the next level. 🍫

If you're planning a brunch, pair these fruit-filled delights with a creamy latte or a refreshing mimosa. They make great finger foods for guests to enjoy while mingling. ☕🥂

For the ultimate cozy vibe, serve these pastries warm right out of the oven with a cup of spiced chai tea or hot cocoa. Perfect for those chilly evenings! 🍵🍫


Gluten-Free Variation 🌾: Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Make sure the blend is one-to-one for best results. You'll still get that tantalizing taste without the gluten!

Vegan Variation 🌱: Swap out the butter for a vegan butter or coconut oil, and use a flax egg instead of the regular egg. For the filling, replace the sugar with a vegan sweetener like maple syrup or agave. This way, everyone gets to enjoy these treats!


  • Why is my dough too sticky?

    Sticky dough can be caused by the butter being too warm or not enough flour. Chill the dough and add a bit more flour gradually until it's manageable.

  • How do I ensure my filling doesn't leak?

    Make sure to seal the edges of the pastry well by pressing with a fork. Additionally, cut small vents on top to let steam escape.

  • Can I freeze these pastries?

    Absolutely! You can freeze the unbaked pastries on a baking sheet, then transfer them to a freezer bag. Bake from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

  • My pastries aren't browning evenly, what can I do?

    Ensure your oven rack is in the middle position for even heat distribution. Turning the baking sheet halfway through the baking process can also help.

  • Can I add other fruits to the filling?

    Yes, you can experiment with different fruits like berries or peaches, keeping the overall quantity the same for balance.

  • What kind of butter should I use?

    Use unsalted, high-quality butter for the best flavor and texture. Make sure it's at room temperature for easy mixing.

Nutrition facts

Apple & plum cookies
Recipe Yield:12 pastries
Calories:Approximately 175 calories per pastry
Calories (Min - Max):150 - 200
Total Fat:9g
Saturated Fat:4g
Total Carbohydrate:20g
Total Sugars:10g