Cheater Mincemeat Pie Recipe

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Is Christmas even Christmas without a scrumptious mincemeat pie and a cup of tea?! Admittedly, these pies are kind of a love/hate thing for most people; which means that some people don’t like them  – and these people are wrong. I mean, COME ON, who couldn’t love this fruity pastry delight?!

This traditional English recipe passed down by my Mom takes me right back to my childhood. You’d be forgiven for thinking that mincemeat pie has meat in it, but that’s not usually the case! Mincemeat usually contains a mix of distilled spirits and spices, chopped dried fruit, and sometimes beef suet, beef, or venison.

I’ve heard of vegetable shortening being used instead of suet, so this yummy recipe is often vegetarian-friendly, just make sure to check the ingredients if you’re buying your mincemeat in-store or the whole pies in store!

In this version, I use a non-meat  “mincemeat” straight from the jar. Yes, the jar, but I did say it’s a cheater recipe! Anyway, less time cooking and more time eating works for me when I’m busy in the kitchen over the holidays!

How to Serve Mincemeat Pies

These mince pies are absolutely yum-tastic whether they’re served hot or cold. You can serve them on their own with a nice cup of tea, but I love to add some vanilla ice cream to add some extra deliciousness. You could also add some brandy butter or cream if you like!

Bet You Didn’t Know Mince Pies Were Once Banned (in England)!!

Back in the English Civil War, mincemeat pies were banned because they were linked to Catholicism. Luckily, this law didn’t last very long!


a slice of mincemeat pie in a black plate with a spoon

How to Make Mincemeat Pie

  1. Prepare your bottom pie crust in a 9-inch pie place.
  2. Pour in the mincemeat
  3. Top the pie with the rest of the crust, crimp edges sealed and mark your pie vents.
  4. Bake a 350F until the crust is browned. Cover the edges if you find they get brown too fast.
  5. Remove from the oven, cool, and enjoy!

Ready to Eat? Make a Wish!

Yes, I’m serious! Kind of. According to tradition, the first mince pie of the festive season has special powers so you should make a wish before you indulge! Give it a go… you never know!

These Pies Will Last All Christmas Week!

Once you’ve made these tasty treats, they’ll keep for up to 7 days in an airtight tin. I like to warm them up a bit in the oven before serving though, it just takes a few minutes and makes them taste better!


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  1. Lisa says

    I love the humor, what a hoot. I’m off to the store myself. I think i can do this pie without screwing it up. Than ks and Happy Holidays all.

  2. Sher says

    I am not a fruit only mincemeat person as I find it too sweet but it was all my husband had when he was growing up. I make mine with meat as my Grandfather did during fruitcake season with enough to last until I make the next batch. Pull out your jar… open… and make as above. I grew up with that homemade mincemeat that my Grandfather made. He never followed a recipe he knew it by heart tasting as he went… whatever meat he had on hand was what he used that year. Always had venison, Wild Rabbit (if he had it) and beef. It was also laced with lots of Cheer-up ( again whatever he had on hand Brandy or Rum with a couple extra spoonful’s added on top before he put on the seal then away the jars went into the root cellar to wait for the holidays. He would also fill a crock in the pantry with enough to make for Pies for Thanksgiving. For those vegetarians out there Green Tomato Mincemeat is a very good alternative.

  3. Wendi says

    Thanks for that fun post. I agree all the way!! Good for you, and Merry Christmas!! ?

  4. Carol says

    This is the most hilarious recipe I have ever found on the internet. it brought me back to my senses too. Why was I thinking of making my own pie crust when the last time I used a frozen one, someone told me it was the best pie crust I’d ever made? Thanks for a good laugh. I’m off to the store to pick up a jar of mincemeat and some frozen pie crusts.

  5. LindaBl63487293 says

    You don’t say how long to cook it for.

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      LindaBl63487293 Hi Linda, because it’s pre-cooked filling, you bake until the crust is brown. I didn’t put a time since this will be different in everyone’s ovens. You bake until it’s browned.

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