How to Make Vegan Mincemeat Pies

Vegan mincemeat pies are just as delicious as any mincemeat pie. Perfect for the holiday season, these vegan mincemeat pies are likely to be eaten up quickly.

This recipe makes around 36 mince pies.


  • 100g, 4 oz currants
  • 100g, 4 oz raisins
  • 100g, 4 oz sultanas
  • 50g, 2 oz cooking dates
  • 50g, 2 oz candied peel
  • 50g, 2 oz glacé (glazed) cherries
  • 50g, 2 oz flaked almonds
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons brandy or whiskey (substitute juice for straight-edge vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground ginger, freshly grated nutmeg, ground mixed spice
  • Caster (superfine) sugar, to serve; icing sugar (confectioners sugar) is also suitable to sprinkle


  • 750g, 1 1/2 lb plain (all-purpose) wholewheat flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 350g vegetable margarine (check it has no dairy and animal-derived content)
  • 6 tablespoons cold water


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    Make the mincemeat. Place all of the ingredients apart from the caster (superfine) sugar into the mixing bowl. If you don't want to mix by hand, use a food processor, which will make a finer mincemeat.
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    Preheat the oven to 200ºC or 400ºF. Prepare the pie or muffin tin (pan) by greasing or flouring each hole.
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    Make the pie dough. Sift the flour and salt into the other mixing bowl. Add the margarine and using your fingertips, gently and quickly rub the fat into the flour. The mix is ready when it resembles breadcrumbs.
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    Pour in the cold water. Press the mix together to form a dough.
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    Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface. Roll the dough out fairly thinly. Cut 12 centimeter (4.7 in) (4 3/4") circles and 10 centimeter (3.9 in) (4") circles from the dough with round dough or biscuit (cookie) cutters.
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    Press a larger circle into the pie or muffin tin (pan). Place a heaped teaspoon of mincemeat into the middle of the dough. Cover with a smaller circle. Repeat until all circles have been turned into mincemeat pies.
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    Press fork tines around the edges of each pie to seal closed. Stab the fork in the middle of the pie to create steam escape holes.
    • Alternatively, simply pinch the edges together and make one small neat hole in the middle of each pie.
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    Place the pies into the preheated oven. Bake for around 10 minutes or until the pies start to brown lightly.
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    Remove from the oven. Place the entire tin (pan) on the wire cooling rack and leave there to cool.
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    Sprinkle with the sugar. Serve warm or cold.


  • Keeping the pastry cold as you work with it is important.
  • If you don't have round dough cutters, measure two glasses that have the right diameter and use those instead.
  • The mincemeat will keep for about one week, covered in the fridge but no longer as it lacks sugar for preserving it.
  • Some bakers like to cut out stars or other shapes to attach to the top of the mincemeat pies. If so, use water or oil to attach it to the dough and be sure to still leave steam escape holes. Alternatively, cut a shape for the top itself, as shown in the introduction image.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixing implements (or food processor)
  • Pie or muffin tin (pan)
  • Round dough cutters of 12 centimeter (4.7 in) (4 3/4") and 10cm (4") sizes
  • Oven mitts
  • Wire cooling rack

Sources and Citations

  • Adapted from Rose Elliot, Vegetarian Cookery, p. 102, (1988), ISBN 0-86273-475-4

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Categories: Christmas Cooking | Vegan Baking