Easy Mince Pie Recipe (2024)

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This easy mince pie recipe really will convince you there's no need to buy mince pies again! They're made with a simple shortbread pie crust that makes them deliciously buttery and crumbly. They're simple, tasty and your kids can help make them too! Perfect for some Christmas baking.

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So, it's only November but I am already posting my second Christmas recipe. Until trying these I would have said I wasn't really that keen on mince pies. I would eat a few every Christmas but I wouldn't look forward to them and I wouldn't miss them if they weren't there. I wouldn't buy them and until now, I wouldn't have made them either.

Mince pies are a great recipe to make with kids!

So, what's changed? Well, Little Miss Spice loves play dough and she loves to make star shapes with it. As I hadn't done any baking with her, I decided that letting her cut out the tops of the mince pies would be the perfect way to introduce her to some real baking.

Now, if you're going to get a one year old to help with baking then you need an easy recipe! I promise you, these mince pies are not just easy, they are possibly the tastiest ever mince pie recipe!

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The mince pie pastry is like a shortbread biscuit!

The shortbread dough is very forgiving and can be thrown around a lot and still makes great biscuity pastry case. That's what you want, isn't it? Some bought mince pies can be a bit like cardboard but these are so delightfully crumbly. They're like shortbread.

Admittedly, maybe a less shortbready dough would have been easier. The dough takes a lot of work to actually come together and form a dough. When I first made these I didn't think it wasn't going to work as it kept just crumbling apart but eventually it did and it was definitely worth it.

The pastry is sweet and buttery and tastes like shortbread. I even made little biscuits with the leftover dough and they were lovely eaten just as they were.

A really fuss free pastry technique

This mince pie recipe is easy but you do need a little patience. What makes it a really fuss free pastry recipe is that you can just press the dough into the muffin tin so don't worry too much if it keeps crumbling up.

I promise you, these shortbread mince pies are incredibly delicious. So delicious that I will be making a few more batches and putting them in the freezer for over Christmas, which means there's still no need to go out and buy any mince pies.

If you wanted these to look a little bit more special for guests you could dust them with icing sugar. However, I don't always bother. I think they are perfect just like this. They are sweet and rich with crumbly buttery pastry.

Sometimes though, if I want a real treat on Christmas day evening, I enjoy one topped with leftover rum sauce!

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Can you adapt this mince pie recipe?

Of course you can! What if it's not Christmas or you don't like mince meat? Go ahead and add a different filling. They're delicious with stewed fruit too

What about if you're really struggling with that crumbly pastry? Why not just crumble it onto the top of the mince meat and you'll have crumble topped mince pies?

Make them look a bit prettier by dusting with icing sugar. Or brush them with egg and scatter on some flaked almonds before baking.

I don't think they need chocolate but I have even seen mince pies drizzled with chocolate! Be creative if you want. Go on have fun with some Christmas baking!

How long can you keep these shortbread mince pies?

These easy mince pies will keep for about a week in an airtight container. If you want them to last longer then freeze some of them. They'll freeze for up to three months. Just defrost at room temperature before eating .

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More Christmas baking recipes

I love experimenting in the kitchen at this time of year. I've discovered that my children love spicy biscuits and cookies so I've made lebkuchen, gingerbread biscuits and buttery chocolate chip biscuits for them.

We also love puff pastry and these almond rolls are always a hit too!


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Mince Pies

Corina Blum

This easy mince pie recipe really will convince you there's no need to buy mince pies again! They're simple, tasty and your kids can help make them too!

4.49 from 37 votes

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Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 20 minutes mins

Total Time 35 minutes mins

Course Dessert, Snack

Cuisine British

Servings 18

Calories 240 kcal


  • 350 g plain flour
  • 225 g butter at room temperature
  • 100 g sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 350 g mincemeat


  • Chop the butter up and then rub it into the flour with your fingertips. Add the salt and sugar and mix together.

  • Using your hands, press, knead and combine the pastry into a ball without adding any extra liquid. Although it will keep crumbling up at first it will form a dough after a few minutes. Just don't give up.

  • Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge to rest until you need it or go straight to step 4.

  • Pull off lumps of the dough and place them in the muffin tin. Just use your thumb and fingers to press the dough down and line the tins.

  • Add a couple of teaspoons of mincemeat to each pie.

  • Roll or press the remaining pastry down and use pastry cutters to make the tops of the pies. If you have any extra pastry left, just cut out shapes with the pastry cutters to make little shortbread biscuits.

  • Bake in the oven at 180C for 20 minutes. If you have any extra biscuits they will cook in about 8 - 12 minutes, depending on how thick they are.


Nutritional information is approximate and a guideline only.


Calories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 198mgPotassium: 23mgSugar: 18gVitamin A: 310IUCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.9mg

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  1. Roz

    Hi, can the mince pies or pastry be frozen then baked when needed.
    Thanks Roz


    • Corina Blum

      Hi Roz
      Yes, the pastry can be frozen and then defrosted and made into mince pies. Ideally defrost in the fridge but you can defrost in the kitchen at room temperature too.
      Because of the way I pressed the pastry into the tin before filling then it is harder to fill them and then freeze them before baking as they would stick to the tin. Alternatively you can bake them and then freeze them once cooled. You could then bake them again to reheat when needed. They would probably need about 5 minutes in the oven from frozen if they were already cooked. Or if you have an air fryer, you could reheat them in the air fryer as well.


  2. Karen

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (10)
    THE BEST mince pies EVER!! Thank you for sharing, this recipe is definitely a keeper. Just delicious


    • Corina Blum

      Thank you so much Karen! I'm really pleased you like them - I need to make a batch for this year soon too!


  3. Christine

    These are the best mince pies ever. You have to follow the recipe exactly. No water, no egg and especially no rolling the pastry! You squash a ball of pastry into each section on the baking tin.


    • Corina Blum

      I'm so pleased you like them! I also think they're the best mince pies ever!


  4. jenny walters

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (11)
    Gosh these look incredible and the pastry sounds just divine. I LOVE pastry and I just love how thick yours is. Every now and then a recipe gets into my brain and I keep thinking about it. This is one of those! Your pics are so gorgeous I am going to have to make these. Thank you so much for sharing with #BakingCrumbs

    • Corina Blum

      I definitely love pastry too and probably for mince pies I love the pastry more than the filling! It does turn out quite thick on these because of the way you just push it into the baking tray!


  5. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (12)
    I never even knew what mince meat WAS for the longest time! I like it, but I'm alone in my family. So, I'll take your suggestion to use a different filling. I love the sound of the crumbly, shortbread-y crust!


    • Corina Blum

      I have to admit my children like the pastry more than they like the filling too! The crust is really good.


  6. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (13)
    Christmas season simply wouldn't be the same without mince pies and these look fab Corina! The more buttery pastry is the better! I love how generous you are with your pastry too (for me it's always the best bit to be honest lol)! Thank you for sharing your festive bake with #BakingCrumbs 🙂 Hope you all have fantastic Christmas! xx


    • Corina Blum

      I have to be generous with the pastry as that's the only bit Little Miss Spice eats. I have to eat her filling! Hope you have a great Christmas too x


  7. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (14)
    I love the idea of using shortbread pastry instead of the traditional shortcrust! They must be delicious 😀 I love making mince pies with my kids too. At 8 and 10 they are pretty much old enough to make them by themselves, with just a bit of guidance from me... but I remember the days when they were really little and just loved 'playing' with the dough. I've made mince pies with mine since they were tiny and it's o lovely to see their progress each year! Thanks for linking them up to #CookBlogShare. Wishing you and yours a fabulous Christmas! Eb x


    • Corina Blum

      Thanks Eb! It is lovely to see their progress, isn't it? I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas x


  8. Sonal

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (15)
    We were in London this thanksgiving. Loved tasting the minced pies there.. buttery and filled with goodness.
    I am always confused on what actually is minced meat? Is it real meat? Or minced dry fruits?


    • Corina Blum

      It's dried fruit with spices, although I believe it did used to contain meat as well a long time ago!


    • Julia

      Nowadays it’s just fruit and maybe alcohol and nuts etc but way back when they were first made it was with actual meat and a sweet filling!


  9. Chris Collins

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (16)
    I'm always on the hunt for new mince pie recipes and this one looks like a real winner! Thanks for sharing!


    • Corina Blum

      I'm so pleased you like it Chris!


  10. kim

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (17)
    This is delicious and so festive for the holidays!


    • Corina Blum

      Definitely! Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a mince pie or two!


  11. Taylor W.

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (18)
    Love the stars on top! These look so yummy!


    • Corina Blum

      Thanks! I love my star cutters and so do the children!


  12. Emily

    Easy Mince Pie Recipe (19)
    I've always wanted to try a mince meat pie! I had no idea that is was both sweet and savory.


    • Corina Blum

      It's not savoury Emily! Mincemeat for mince pies is a sweet mixture of dried fruit and peel with spices. I think a long time ago it contained meat as well and it still usually contains suet.


  13. Jac -Tinned Tomatoes (@tinnedtoms)

    They look gorgeous! Now I am craving mince pies!

    Thanks for entering it into Bookmarked recipes, the roundup is now up.


  14. Laura

    Mmmm, these sound good and you've made them look brill too. I've worked with a shortbread type pastry before and agree it was a bit frustrating at first but so worth it in the end. Thanks for sharing with the Biscuit Barrel challenge!


  15. magnolia verandah

    Love those stars - I bet they were so worth the effort. I can just about taste that lovely buttery pastry from here.


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What is the filling in mince pies made of? ›

A mince pie (also mincemeat pie in North America, and fruit mince pie in Australia and New Zealand) is a sweet pie of English origin filled with mincemeat, being a mixture of fruit, spices and suet. The pies are traditionally served during the Christmas season in much of the English-speaking world.

What is the difference between mince pie and mincemeat pie? ›

We all love munching on mince pies but have you ever wondered why their filling is called 'mincemeat' even though there's no meat in it? This is because long ago mince pies actually did have meat in them. They went by different names like 'mutton pie,' 'shrid pie,' or 'Christmas pie. '

What are the ingredients in mince pie? ›

What is the best mince pie? ›

For something a little extra special, the DukesHill mince pies are our luxury pick. The classic mince pies are great, but we also love these St Clements mince pies which have extra orange and lemon peel in the mincemeat for a citrusy kick. A subtle twist that adds plenty of extra flavour.

What was traditionally in mince pies? ›

Mince pies were first served in the early middle ages, and the pies were quite sizeable, filled with a mixture of finely minced meat, chopped up fruit and a preserving liquid. Mincemeat originally came about as a good way of preserving meat, without salting, curing, smoking or drying it.

Why is mincemeat so expensive? ›

Mincemeat isn't difficult to make, but it has a lot of ingredients, which can make it expensive to produce in small batches, and it requires at least a day's advance planning to let the ingredients sit.

When did they stop putting meat in mincemeat pie? ›

By the 18th century it was more likely to be tongue or even tripe, and in the 19th century it was minced beef. It was not until the late Victorian period and early 20th Century that mince pies dropped the meat and had all fruit fillings (albeit with suet). Even today there are traditions associated with mince pies.

Do they have mince pies in America? ›

Mincemeat pie is a dish that isn't very common in the American kitchen, which can lead to some confusion for cooks, even those on the Allrecipes staff.

What do Americans call mincemeat? ›

In American English, "mincemeat" is a sweet pie filling (I think it's mince pie in BrE) which originally contained some meat but in modern times it is generally made mostly of apples and raisins. It's not very popular anymore, but you sometimes see it around Christmas time.

What odd ingredient did mince pies once contain? ›

Martin Fone investigates the most traditional seasonal food of all, mince pies, and finds that they really did contain meat at one time in the past. Just be grateful you never got served one made with fish...

What is the inside of a mince pie called? ›

All About Mincemeat: The Fabulous Filling for Mince Pies

These days, mincemeat is made with a mixture of dried fruit, such as raisins and currants, candied fruit peels, lemon and orange zest, finely chopped apple, brandy, warming spices, and the rendered animal fat suet (or a vegetarian substitute).

Can you use a year old mincemeat? ›

Yes. I'd use that. Mincemeat has a very long shelf life, far longer than that printed on the container, (which is only a short while ago). I'd add a slug of brandy or whiskey to perk it up a bit!

Why should you stir mincemeat clockwise when making mince pies? ›

English tradition demands that the mince meat mixture should only be stirred in a clockwise direction. To stir it anticlockwise is to bring bad luck for the coming year. Another English custom is for all the family to take a turn in stirring the mincemeat mixture whilst making a wish.

Is a Scotch pie the same as a mince pie? ›

We only started calling them Scotch pies when we began flogging them to the English. Before that they were called mince pies. If you got them from a chippy they came dripping with hot fat.

Why is mincemeat called mincemeat when there's no meat in it? ›

Mincemeat is a combination of chopped dried fruits, spices, sugar, nuts, distilled spirits, a fat of some type and sometimes meat. The name is a carryover from 15th century England when mincemeat did indeed have meat in the mix; in fact, the whole point of mincemeat was to preserve meat with sugar and alcohol.

What is pie filling made of? ›

Fruit, sugar, cornstarch, acid, extras. These are the only things you need to remember to turn out a perfect pie filling. You've already read our step-by-step guide to the flakiest, butteriest pie crust.

Is none such mincemeat discontinued? ›

Unfortunately the company who bought it has decided to discontinue! Get it while you can-the cookie recipe is on the box and they're awesome. Sadly you cannot replicate the cookies properly using the jarred minced meat/they do NOT come out well. Pricey but worth it!


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