Christmas Mince Pies


Tangy mince pies with a hint of orange in the pastry.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
17 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 52 mins
12 mince pies


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup butter, cubed

  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening, cubed

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 oranges, zested

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice, chilled

  • 7 ounces prepared mincemeat filling, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar


  1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and shortening; rub in with cold fingers until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Mix in sugar and orange zest thoroughly. Mix in vanilla extract. Stir in enough orange juice to bring dough together.

  2. Knead dough briefly to form a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Roll dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Cut out 12 circles using a 2 1/2-inch cutter and 12 circles using a 1-inch cutter.

  5. Line 12 mini tart pans or a muffin tin with the 2 1/2-inch dough circles. Cover dough with about 1 tablespoon mincemeat filling. Lay 1-inch circles on top.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until tops are pale golden brown, 17 to 21 minutes. Cool slightly on wire racks, about 10 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Cook's Note:

Excellent when fresh, but if kept until the next day in an airtight container, the pastry becomes slightly chewy. I prefer them this way.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
13g Fat
39g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 41mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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