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Spiced Plum Butter

This sweet homemade spiced plum butter is packed full of summer plums and just a hint of allspice. It’s perfect on toast, biscuits, or eaten off a spoon. 

Spiced Plum Butter spread on toast.

Fruit butters are a great way to take fruit at their peak of freshness and turn them into something that can be used long after their season ends.

I love making plum butter, (like my vanilla bean plum butter).

They’re so versatile too! One of my favorite ways to use them is in my vanilla bean plum butter crumble bars

The added cinnamon and allspice from this spiced plum butter will transport you directly to Christmas day.

Trust me, you’re going to love using this warm and cozy spiced plum butter in everything!

Fresh plums in a bowl.

Ingredients for spiced plum butter

  • Sugar plums – I’ve used sugar plums, but feel free to use your favorite variety.
  • White sugar – To add sweetness and help develop the plum butter.
  • Spices – Cinnamon and allspice complement the tart and sweet plum flavor.

Types of plums

In your local grocery store or farmers market, you may notice there is quite a variety of plums!

Black, Pluots, and Red plums to name a few.

Some of these varieties are a little more tart than others, or some of their skins are tougher (like Black plums) than others. 

Overall though, they are interchangeable, and you can feel free to use your favorite variety in this spice plum butter recipe.

Different spices

Here I’ve used cinnamon and allspice, but there are others you could use as well.

Cardamom, clove, and nutmeg would be great choices as well. 

All of these are warm and Christmassy aromas and will work well when paired with the plums.

Storage and leftovers

This spiced plum butter can be stored in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid, in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

It’s important to remember that we did not process these jars to be shelf-stable, so they must stay in the refrigerator so they don’t spoil!

Spiced plum butter in a jar.

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Spiced Plum Butter by Nutmeg Nanny

Spiced Plum Butter

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This sweet homemade spiced plum butter is packed full of summer plums and just a hint of allspice. It's perfect on toast, biscuits, or eaten off a spoon.
4.56 from 9 votes
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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings 3 -1/2 cups


  • 3-1/2 pounds plums
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Split plums in half, remove pits and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Do not peel.
  • Place in a 6-quart nonreactive saucepan, and add 1 cup of water and the sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook until fruit is very soft about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, puree fruit and liquid in a food processor.
  • Rinse saucepan and return puree to the pan along with allspice and cinnamon.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, until thick enough to spread, 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. Store in an airtight container.
  • I did not process (as in hot water bath canning) this fruit butter so you must keep this stored in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Sugar: 16g
Course Preserving
Cuisine American
Keyword fruit butter, fruit plum butter, homemade plum butter, plum butter, plum fruit butter, plum recipe, spiced plum butter
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

Recipe Rating


Wednesday 19th of October 2022

It’s cooking on the stove at this very moment - and I can hardly wait the 3 hrs to try it ! My house finally smells like my childhood HOME. BLESS YOU!

Val Braemer

Monday 21st of June 2021

How long is this good for in the refrigerator ? Weeks, month?


Sunday 28th of September 2014

I can can and water bath this, right?


Thursday 2nd of October 2014

Hi Nicole, I have not water bath canned this plum butter. Sorry!


Thursday 4th of September 2014

Just made a big batch of this and not only does it look jewel like in the jars but it is delicious! Especially good on homemade scones with whipped cream. Great recipe.


Thursday 4th of September 2014

Hi Jeannie! I'm so glad you like it :)


Friday 22nd of August 2014

Do you think it could be frozen.? It looks delish!!


Friday 22nd of August 2014

Hi Terry! I think it probably freeze well. I have never done it but I do often times freeze other fruit butters and they turn out fine. If you do it let me know how it turns out :)


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