If you've got a jar of mincemeat lingering in the cupboard, don't let that festive favourite go to waste. You don't need to stick to traditional mince pies, though – get creative with your bakes and turn this humble Christmas ingredient into indulgent brownies, crowd-pleasing cookies or even a stack of warming pancakes stuffed with seasonal spices. The candied fruit with a boozy kick is perfect for use in our comforting sweet treats.


Want to try making your own mincemeat instead? Try our speedy 10-minute mincemeat for a taste of Christmas in a jar.

1. Mincemeat cookies

Cookies on cooling rack

Make a batch of our mincemeat cookies – they're a delicious Christmas gift or addition to your festive dessert spread. Crunchy round the edges and soft in the middle, these easy cookies will be your new go-to bake.

Bake even more colourful cookies and eye-catching treats with our best Christmas biscuit recipes.

2. Mincemeat samosas

Samosas on plate

Instead of crumbly shortcrust pastry, try wrapping your mincemeat in delicate layers of filo, as we do with our mincemeat samosas. Bake until golden and crisp, then serve warm with a dusting of icing sugar. Use sheets of ready-made pastry and you'll be all wrapped up in a flash.

3. Pear & mincemeat crumble cake

Cake with slice cut

In need of a post-Christmas pick-me-up? Our pear & mincemeat crumble cake is ther perfect fusion of seasonal fruit, classic flavours and spiced mincemeat. It's delicious served warm with lashings of custard. The combination of soft sponge and crispy crumble topping is an irresistible mix.

Find more showstopping sponges in our festive cake recipe collection.

4. Cinnamon swirl mince pies

Swirl mince pies in trays

If your idea of heaven is a warm cinnamon bun, our cinnamon swirl mince pies will be right up your street. Bake this marvellous mash-up to serve at your next gathering with friends or Christmassy brunch. They make a fun alternative to shortcrust pastry pies. Just be warned: you may need a double batch, as they're bound to disappear in minutes!

5. Stuffed mince pie pancakes

Pancakes on plate with cream and fork

Christmas Day is all about sensational food, so why not start with our stuffed mince pie pancakes? Add a splash of brandy to your cream topping for some extra festive spirit, then stack your pancakes high and top with crumbled shortbread and icing sugar for a picture-perfect plate.

Have family and friends staying with you over the holidays? Try our big festive breakfasts for a crowd.

6. Mincemeat & pecan palmiers

Palmiers on stand

Our sweet mincemeat & pecan palmiers are the elegant cousin of the mince pie. These delicious pastry twists are lighter than traditional pies, making them perfect for an impressive brunch spread. You can even make them ahead of time and freeze for up to one month. Mix your mincemeat with crunchy pecans and maple syrup for added depth of flavour.

7. Baked mincemeat doughnuts

Mincemeat doughnuts on tray

We have the answer to your Christmas cravings: baked mincemeat doughnuts. Rolled in cinnamon sugar, these moreish bites don't involve any deep-frying, but they're well worth the effort. Serve them fresh from the oven and they'll be snapped up in a heartbeat.

8. Mincemeat Chelsea buns

Chelsea buns with icing

Upgrade the standard bun with our mincemeat Chelsea buns. These sublime sticky buns are made even fruitier with a luxurious layer of juicy mincemeat and dried fruit. Top with a sugar glaze and icing for a winning dessert. Enjoy warm with a cup of coffee.

9. Mincemeat, cranberry & almond pie

Mincemeat pie with slice cut

Our mincemeat, cranberry & almond pie is made using just five ingredients and a little festive flair. This budget-friendly beauty couldn't be easier to make, and is bound to please both kids and adults alike. Sweet, nutty marzipan is scattered along the base to add pockets of seasonal flavour. This is an ideal no-fuss entertaining recipe.

10. Last-minute Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding with holly plate

Believe it or not, you can create a squidgy Christmas pudding in just 25 minutes using shop-bought mincemeat. Our last-minute Christmas pudding is a genius quick-fix dessert, as it simply requires microwaving.

Whether you've been prepping since November or you're just craving something quick and easy, we have a recipe for you in our Christmas pudding collection.

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