Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? 

A Mince Spy of course!

Sorry, couldn’t resist! I thought I’d share with you my no fail Shortbread Sweet Mince Pie recipe. You can just make them for yourself, your family or give as presents. I can’t do Christmas without them!

Recipe (makes 15/16)

250g Plain Flour

175g Butter (my favourite at the minute is stork marg/butter as it’s on offer for £1.00 a tub!)

75g Caster Sugar

1 Jar of Mincemeat

Edible Gold Glitter (optional)


Preheat your oven to 150c/Gas 3. Weigh out your flour and butter and rub them together then stir in the sugar. Knead well to form a dough, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for half an hour to chill (this just helps it roll and cut out better).

Once chilled, roll out the dough in between 2 sheets of cling film (this is a great tip as it doesn’t add any extra flour into the dough to dry it out and you can actually get more pies out of it too!) image

Use your favourite cutter (I used a double sided circle and star cutter) and cut of your bases, add your mincemeat filling (shop bought, boo I hear you say!) then keep kneading the dough back up and rolling out until you have your 15 pies ready for the oven.



Bake for approx 30 minutes or until the mincemeat is bubbling and the shortbread is starting to brown on the edges.


Leave to cool, sprinkle with a little edible glitter and viola!

I hope you give them a try! If you do, send me your pics!

P.S. I even had a smidge leftover for a tiny pastie!