Alternative ways to use Mincemeat

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I love mince pies and for me the first mince pie of the year symbolises the start of the festive season. Over the years I’ve got in the kitchen and baked traditional mince pies, sponge topped mince pies and even little mini mince pies to give a bit of variety.

Alternative ways to use Mincemeat

But, I thought that there must be more to traditional Christmas mincemeat than just mince pies so over the last few years I’ve been creating alternative mincemeat recipes to give a bit of variety to the festive season and add more options when you find that last jar of sweet mincemeat in the cupboard.

It’s so simple to use mincemeat instead of dried fruit in so many recipes.We love Christmas baking and it’s great to have a few ideas to choose from when you’re looking for that perfect festive bake.

So here are some ideas of ways to use up mincemeat:

Slow Cooker Mincemeat Fudge

We love making fudge in the slow cooker and our Slow Cooker Mincemeat Fudge is pretty much our favourite treat of the festive season. It’s great to share, great to gift and full of the flavours of the festive season. Put simply, it’s delicious!

Slow Cooker Mincemeat Fudge Recipe
Slow Cooker Mincemeat Fudge
A festive slow cooker fudge recipe that is fantastic for using up leftover mincemeat after Christmas.
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Slow Cooker Mince Pie Fudge

For another fudge option with extra texture, this Mince Pie Fudge recipe has added pastry pieces in it, giving extra crunch and a taste really reminiscent of mince pies.

Slow Cooker Mince Pie Fudge Recipe
Slow Cooker Mince Pie Fudge
This fudge tastes just like mince pies. It's got a lovely texture, great crunch and uses up leftover mincemeat too.
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Mince Pie Slice

One of our favourite bakes to enjoy over the festive season is this Mince Pie Slice. It’s like a Bakewell Tart but full of festive flavour and made into an easy mincemeat traybake style slice instead. It’s wonderful.

Mince Pie Slice Recipe
Mince Pie Slice recipe
Mince pie slices are something I would happily eat through the spring summer autumn winter. It’s a shame I can only buy mincemeat through December! I’ve got used to buying a couple of extra jars at Christmas just so that I can enjoy all the festive flavours at the start of the new year too. I love the fruit, the mixed spice and the pastry and cake combination of this slice recipe. It’s so moreish and one the whole family love.
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Mincemeat Swirls

Mincemeat Swirls are a super easy bake to make with the children. You just need ready made pastry and mincemeat – baking does not get easier than that!

Festive Swirls
Festive Mincemeat Swirls
Make these for a lovely seasonal treat – they make a change from mince pies!
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Festive Swirls

Mince Pie Flapjacks

Mince Pie Flapjacks are always a winner in our house. They are really moreish and full of festive flavour as well as being really easy to bake. I love to have one in the afternoon with a nice cup of tea.

Mince Pie Flapjacks
Mince Pie Flapjacks
f you’re looking for a tasty treat that reminds you of all things festive and isn’t a normal mince pie then you should give these Mince Pie Flapjacks a go. A very simple twist on a typical flapjack but it tastes just like mince pies without being overpowering.
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Mincemeat and Cherry Flapjacks

Another flapjack option is Mincemeat and Cherry Flapjacks. The consistency is wonderful – with the cherry pieces working so well with the mincemeat flavours.

Mincemeat and Cherry Flapjacks
Mincemeat and Cherry Flapjacks
A few years ago we made Mincemeat Flapjacks which are something we make year after year without fail but this year I decided to make a new Christmas flapjack recipe and came up with Mincemeat and Cherry Flapjacks.
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Apple and Mincemeat Flapjacks

Carrying on the flapjack theme, these apple and mincemeat flapjacks are a great choice for the festive season. Dried apple means you can make them any time and the whole family will love them.

Apple and Mincemeat Flapjacks
Apple and Mincemeat Flapjacks
Aside from being a great way of using up mincemeat, this flapjack is so full of flavour and a flavour combination that most people will like. It’s a great easy festive alternative to mince pies and such a lovely sweet treat to enjoy around Christmas.
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Mincemeat Cupcakes

Everyone loves a cupcake and mincemeat cupcakes are just so simple to bake but taste great too. The taste of Christmas wrapped up in one little cake. These are great for any festive bake sale.

Christmas Mincemeat Cupcakes
Christmas Mincemeat Cupcakes Recipe
These are a really lovely alternative to mince pies to have all the flavours of Christmas but in a cake instead of a pie.
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Christmas Mincemeat Cupcakes

Mincemeat Middle Cupcakes

Simple cupcakes with a hidden mincemeat centre, perfect for enjoying over the festive season as a sweet treat or an afternoon snack.

Mincemeat Middle Cupcakes
Mincemeat Middle Cupcakes
We decided to create mincemeat middle cupcakes as a twist on a jammy middle cupcake recipe and they’ve turned into something lovely to enjoy baking with the children over the festive season.
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Mince Pie Rock Cakes

Another great batch of individual cakes that everyone will enjoy are these Mince Pie Rock Cakes. Based on the traditional recipe, they’re so moreish and perfect to share as a rustic treat over the festive season.

Mince Pie Rock Cakes
Mince Pie Rock Cakes
This year we’ve started making Mince Pie Rock Cakes and they are perfect to enjoy over the festive season – or as a tea time treat in January when you find a jar of leftover mincemeat in the cupboard!
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Mince Pie Cookies

Just like cupcakes, everyone loves a cookie so mince pie cookies are a must when it comes to using up leftover mincemeat. These mincemeat cookies are full of Christmas flavour and perfect to share.

Mince Pie Cookies
Mince Pie Cookies Recipe
These are simple to make, quick to bake and are a lovely treat to make in the lead up to Christmas as well as just a way of using up leftover mincemeat.
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Mincemeat Cake

Sometimes there is nothing better than a loaf cake and a Mincemeat Loaf Cake is a great sharing option when it comes to using up your mincemeat. Fruity, slightly crumbly and full of the flavours of Christmas, this fruitcake made with mincemeat is simply delicious.

Mincemeat Cake
Mincemeat Loaf Cake Recipe
A simple cake the whole family can enjoy and a great way to use up leftover mincemeat too. A lovely bake with all the flavours of the festive season.
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Mince Pie Brownies

Brownies are such a nice treat at any time of the year and so having a festive option, with all the flavours of the festive season is pretty wonderful! These Mince Pie Brownies are really easy to make and can be enjoyed at any time over Christmas. They’re the perfect bake for when friends or family are popping over!

Mince Pie Brownies
Mince Pie Brownies
A festive twist on a classic brownie, perfect to enjoy throughout the festive season.
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Mincemeat Bread and Butter Pudding

A real dessert to enjoy over the festive season, using leftover mincemeat, is this Bread and Butter Pudding. It’s a hearty, traditional option that works so well after a roast dinner.

Cheats Mincemeat Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe
Cheats Mincemeat Bread and Butter Pudding
A really hearty and warming dessert to enjoy over the festive season – or when you find leftover mincemeat in the cupboard!
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Mince Pie Bakewell Tarts

Mince Pie Bakewell Tarts may be the best festive bake I have ever made. The almond flavours work so well with the mincemeat and the icing layer on top – as well as the cherry – finish them off so perfectly.

Mince Pie Bakewell Tarts
Mince Pie Bakewell Tart
A festive twist on a traditional bakewell tart. Full of mincemeat and almond frangipane flavours.
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So there you have all our favourite ways to use up leftover mincemeat – that aren’t mince pies! Cakes, bakes and slices. I’m planning a mincemeat filled Christmas pudding, a mincemeat crumble and maybe some mincemeat ice cream next!

I’ll add to this post as we create more festive bakes and do let me know if you have a way of using mincemeat that we haven’t tried yet!

Alternative ways to use Mincemeat

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