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Not many people make homemade mince pies from scratch however the recipes for them don’t require much effort considering how tasty and easy they are to make. No rolling, simply pack into your tin and bake! It’s great fun and should be the perfect distraction for those weekends on the run up to Christmas where the weather prevents any and all outside activity. Follow our mince pie recipe for the perfect classic Christmas mince pies.

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Making mince pies from scratch is easy and the perfect bit of festive fun, especially for a large family! Plus the outcome is delicious!

Some things you should;

  • Prep time = 30 to 40 minutes
  • Cooking time = 20 minutes
  • Difficulty level = Easy (perfect for kids!)
  • This recipe makes 18 mine pies

Ingredients to make your mince pies;

  • 225g cold butter (diced)
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 280g mincemeat
  • 1 small/medium egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Icing sugar (to dust)

You will also need;

  • Patty tins (18 holes)
  • Wire rack


  1. Rub all of the cold butter into the flour, then mix in the golden caster sugar with a pinch of salt. Combine the mixture into a ball - do not add any liquid and kneed it briefly. The dough will be firm and should feel like shortbread dough. Use immediately or chill for later use.

  2. Preheat oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Line 18 holes of a patty-tin by pressing small walnut-sized balls of the pastry into the holes. Spoon the mincemeat evenly into each hole.

  3. Roll smaller balls of the remaining pastry and pat them out by hand to make round lids, big enough to cover the pies completely. Press the edges together to seal the pie. You can freeze the pies for up to one month or use immediately for baking.

  4. Beat the egg and brush the top of the pies. Bake for 20 minutes until golden and leave to cool in the patty-tin for 5 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack. To serve, lightly dust or sprinkle with icing sugar so they look their best and present. They will remain fresh for 3-4 days in an airtight container.

mince pies on slate dish with a glass of red wine

And you’re done! A lovely sweet treat, filled with Christmas spirit and free from any unnecessary preservatives! A fresh and (almost) healthy snack!

Our tips;

  • You can turn these into vegan and vegetarian mince pies by buying vegan or vegetarian mincemeat and swapping the egg used for brushing with non-dairy milk!
  • Try something new with the filling – add some cold vodka to get an alcoholic twist for the adults!
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut the lids into shapes for a less traditional and more creative appearance!
  • Mincemeat contains fruit, meat and other seasonal spices so it's actually not that bad for your diet! What gets you is the pastry! So fill up your mince pie with as much filling as you want!
  • Looking for something new and never done before? Search no more, why not use a cake tin, to bake a huge mince pie! Scale up on the ingredients and baking time and you'll have yourself a good family sized mince pie to share with everyone at home or even work - Plus you can proudly say it was made from scratch! The perfect Christmas food!
  • Fancy adding an orange twist to your mince pies? Add a few table spoons of orange juice to the dough mixture and follow the recipe as normal. You'll get a delicious zesty twist to the pastry!

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