These traditional Scottish Christmas mince pies are so easy to make and they are so delicious homemade! Me and the kids love the iced mince pies they are such a delicious treat with a hot chocolate by the fire.
These Christmas mince pies are made with homemade shortcrust pastry and a huge jar of mincemeat. You could also make your own mince meat for this recipe if you wanted to stick to traditions. I haven’t made any yet but might try that in the future. Check out the recipe in the video below:
These delicious mince pies could also be made lidded with puff pastry instead and are equally delicious sprinkled with sugar. You could also use premade pastry which would save even more time and make these a super speedy recipe.
Equipment you may need:
- a cupcake tray for 12 cupcakes I used a 12 muffin tray and they work really well for deep filled mince pies but for a shallower pie you could use a cupcake tray.
- a wooden rolling pin for rolling out your pastry and a wooden chopping board.
You may also enjoy these delicious Christmas recipes on my Youtube Channel. We love the Traditional Scottish Smoked Salmon Pate spread on Homemade Scottish Oatcakes for a Christmas meal starter its so delicious and also works well as a snack to share with guests when they arrive.
Tips for making this recipe:
- these pies are topped with icing but you could also top them with pastry lids and these are delicious when made with puff pastry. If you are using puff pastry then use the puff for the entire pie.
- you can also add sprinkles on top of the iced mince pies or some of those mini gold nugget type sprinkles you get for cakes. Edible gold spray is also really pretty on the top of these pies.
- wait until the pies are completely cooled before adding in the icing on top because the icing will not sit well on the hot mince meat.
Scottish Mince Pies Recipe
- 200g of plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 100g of butter
- 2tbsp of cold water
- icing sugar
- 400g mincemeat
- Preheat the oven to 160oc (fan) and grease the cupcake tray with butter.
- Seive the flour and salt into a large bowl.
- Add in the butter to the flour and chop the butter up into smaller pieces with a butter knife through the flour.
- Rub the butter pieces between your fingers as in the video above and keep rubbing the flour and butter together lightly to create the pastry.
- Knead the pastry lightly in your hands and place onto a floured chopping board.
- Roll out the pastry until fairly thin (about 1/2cm thick) and cut out large discs. Pop them into your cupcake tray and fill them all with the mincemeat. Leave a small space at the top of the pies to allow the mincemeat to bubble in the oven without overflowing over.
- Bake in the oven for around 15 minutes or until the pastry is completely golden and cooked through.
- Leave to cool completely.
- Seive around a cup of icing sugar into a small bowl and add in small drops of water while stirring until you get a thick icing paste.
- Spoon the icing onto the top of the cooled pies until the mincemeat is completely covered. Set aside until the icing on the pies is firm.
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