Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

It’s that time of year again and here I am with my first festive recipe this season! I simply can’t imagine December without mince pie or two (or more like a dozen)! They are my guilty treats responsible for a roll or two added to my midriff by the time the New Year is here full of dietary resolutions. As much as I love regular mince pies, this time I decided to tinker with the pastry to see whether there is room for improvement and that resulted in my Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies!

For somebody like myself who cannot stand Christmas Cake or Pudding (I quite like the idea of flambéing the latter but that really is it!), the love for mince pies might seem rather odd. It is and it isn’t… It’s all about the pastry you see. I’m a huge pastry fiend and the crumblier and more buttery the better. I also love almonds and use them in baking a lot so combining my love for all things pastry and almondy resulted in the best almond shortcrust pastry ever!

Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

Every year I make my own mince pies as it’s a Christmassy thing to do plus if I am to consume a lot of calories, they must be worth it!

This year after my pastry recipe alterations, I could not be happier! Dare I say I absolutely nailed it! Some more butter and ground almonds later and here you go –  Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies! Make sure you use the best possible sweet mince meat with your pies! If you’ve got your own tried and tested recipe you’ve used for years – that’s even better!

They really are a doddle to make but the little effort you will put in will be rewarded by most crumbly, buttery, slightly almondy parcels of joy you could image! Would love to hear what you think!

Making ahead / freezing advice

Mince pies are perfect Christmas treats to make ahead. You can freeze them unbaked in their tray and covered tightly with clingfilm and some aluminium foil. Bake from frozen as per recipe below, allowing additional 5 minutes baking time.

You can also freeze baked pies (without icing sugar). Simply put them in a plastic container with a lid. If your container is quite tall, pop your mince pies in layers separated with some baking paper. When you are ready to eat simply defrost them on the counter top and warm them up in the oven heated up to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 5 minutes.

Whichever way you choose, your mince pies can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Dough Chilling Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies are just what they says on the tin! Almond shortcrust pastry makes them simply irresistible and even more festive! They are so easy to make too!

Course: Cakes, Christmas Bake, Dessert, Treats
Cuisine: British
Keyword: almond pastry, christmas baking, mince pies
Servings: 12
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: Jo Allison
  • 225 g (1 1/2 cup) plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 g (1/2 cup) ground almonds
  • 200 g (14 Tbsp) unsalted butter chilled and cubed
  • 70 g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Quality mince meat of your choice
  • milk for brushing optional
  • icing sugar to serve
shallow tart tray and plain round cutter approx 68mm
  1. Put flour, sugar, salt and ground almonds in your food processor and press pulse button few times to combine.
  2. Add cubes of chilled butter and mix until texture starts resembling breadcrumbs. Add egg yolk and keep mixing until the dough comes together almost in a ball.
  3. Take it out onto the kitchen counter and flatten into a disc, cover in cling film and chill for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. If you don't have food processor simply mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, add chilled, cubed butter and mix with your fingers until you get to crumbs like consistency. Add egg yolk and keep on mixing with your hands until dough starts coming together. Flatten it into a disc, cover in cling film and chill as above.
  5. Butter shallow tart tray and preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
  6. Roll out your pastry on a floured surface and cut out 12 rounds which you then press into each hole in your tart tray. Make sure you press gently on the sides of each pastry round to get rid of any air bubbles. Cut out another 12 rounds that will serve as lids.
  7. Put approx 1 heaped tsp of mince meat in the centre of each of the pastry cases and cover these with the remaining pastry rounds pressing gently on the edges to seal.
  8. Brush gently with some milk and using sharp knife make two tiny vents on the top of each pie.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
  10. Let the pies cool in a tray for a few minutes which will make them easier to remove. Pop them onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve dusted with icing sugar or however your heart desires!
  11. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Calories are approximate and per pie.

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Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies

If you are a fun of lovely buttery pastry take a look at my Best Buttery Apple Pie with a Twist, it is to die for. If, however, the almonds are your thing then this Italian Plum & Almond Cake with Amaretti Crunch will be right up your street!

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Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Kirsty at Hijacked By Twins and by Jackie at Recipes Made Easy

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Recipe of the Week hosted by Emily at A Mummy Too

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Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Corina at Searching for Spice

Bake of the Week by Helen at CasaCostello and Jenny at MummyMishaps

***This post was first published in December 2017 and updated on 15 November 2018***


These Melt In Your Mouth Almondy Mince Pies are just what they says on the tin! Almond shortcrust pastry makes them simply irresistible and even more festive! They are so easy to make too! #mincepies #almonds #almondpastry #christmasrecipes #christmasbaking
November 15, 2018
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  • Reply Jenny Paulin

    ooooh these sound very nice indeed! I adore mince pies too ad have often eaten them for breakfast over the festive period (even with clotted cream on Christmas morning!).Yours look so melt in the mouth too -perfect.
    thank you for linking to #Bakeoftheweek x

    December 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Jenny! 🙂 Oh yes, I’m not a stranger to eating these for breakfast myself. The closer it gets to Christmas the more inclined I am to eat these at any point during the day and night! lol x

      November 17, 2018 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Corina Blum

    I love buttery crumbly pastry and these sound perfect! In our house we all like mince pies and so would love these. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    December 14, 2017 at 6:30 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Corina! 🙂 It’s two for and two against in our house, but hey at least there is less competition when it comes to eating them lol x

      November 17, 2018 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply becca farrelly

    Ooh these look lovely and I love the almond twist to them! I have never made mince pies myself but we make Christmas cake, stollen and a gingerbread house every year. I would love to give these a go! 🙂


    December 14, 2017 at 10:34 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Oh wow Becca, that’s a lot of lovely Christmas bakes! I think you would enjoy these, ground almonds really make the pastry here and go so well together with mince meat!

      November 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    I will definitely be trying these #brillb!ogs@_karendennis
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    December 14, 2017 at 11:47 am
  • Reply Jacqui

    Oh how lovely almond pastry is so delicious

    December 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    Ooh I love the sound of these – melt in the mouth mince pies! Yes please! I’m a huge fan of mince pies too and I completely agree pastry has to be lovely and buttery and crumbly! Delicious! Thank you so much for linking up with #BakingCrumbs Jo :=D
    Angela x
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    December 17, 2017 at 10:03 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Angela! 🙂 I thought this sort of title is not only very accurate but also very enticing 🙂 I think I was right! lol 😉 x

      November 17, 2018 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Cat

    These sound delicious, I love almonds with mincemeat x
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    December 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Cat! 🙂 Flavours marry together really well! x

      November 17, 2018 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Anna | Once Upon A Food Blog

    I totally agree, it is about the pastry in mince pies! Adding almonds to it looks lovely, almost like frangipane, and that can’t be a bad thing!

    November 17, 2018 at 11:24 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Anna! 🙂 I absolutely love the flavour ground almonds give to the pastry and like you say it does have almost frangipane like look and definitely taste!

      November 17, 2018 at 7:28 pm

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