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Traditional Mincemeat Pie

With your pantry already stocked with homemade mincemeat, traditional mince pies are a snap to make and an essential part of the British Christmas tradition!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 16 to 18 mince pies (depending on size of tins)
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • Pie crust dough (enough for two crusts) or recipe as follows:
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks/8 ounces) cold unsalted butter, diced in 1/2 inch cubes
  • Note: Substitute half lard or beef tallow for the very BEST results (e.g. perfectly flaky crusts)
  • >How to render your own lard
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 batch Authentic Traditional Mincemeat
  • 2 tablespoons milk, for brushing
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling


  • Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.  Add the butter (or lard/tallow) and use a pastry blender or two knives to cut into the flour until you get pea-sized crumbs(alternatively use a food processor).  Stir in the water gradually (or pulse with a food processor) until the dough holds together when you pinch it between your fingers.  Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.  
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin or mini tart tins.  
  • Roll 2/3 of the pie crust out onto a floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut circles out of the pie crust to fit into the tins.  Roll out the remaining pie crust to the same thickness and cut out circles or star shapes to form lids over the tarts (cut a small slit on the top of the pie crust if using circles). 
  • Carefully press the pie crusts into the tins and fill them with mincemeat then top with the pie crust lids/stars and press the edges together to seal them.  Lightly brush the tops with milk or an egg wash.
    Bake the pies for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Carefully remove them from the muffin or tart tins, transfer them to a wire rack and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 
  • Mince pies are best served gently warmed.  They can be eaten with your hands or with a spoon if served with cream or even ice cream if you like.  
    Stored in an airtight container, will keep for up to 4 days.  
    Note: These pies freeze well.  Freeze in an airtight container or ziplock bag, will keep for up to 3 months.
Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 24mg | Vitamin A: 370IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.8mg