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Black Forest mini mince pies recipe

Black Forest mini mince pies recipe

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These dark and dramatic mince pies are inspired by the classic chocolate and cherry combination of a Black Forest gateau. They make a delicious Christmas treat or fun edible gift for family and friends. See method

  • Serves 24 (makes 24, or 3 gift batches of 8)
  • 30 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook, plus chilling and cooling
  • 138 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • 200g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 125g chilled butter, diced
  • 30g light brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 411g jar mincemeat
  • 100g pack dried cherries
  • 2 tbsp cherry brandy (optional)
  • gold edible glitter, to decorate

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    5g 8%
  • Saturates

    3g 16%
  • Sugars

    14g 16%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 21.6g Protein 1.4g Fibre 0.9g


  1. Make the pastry by combining the flour and cocoa in a bowl. Add the butter and rub together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Add the milk and use a cutlery knife to stir until the mixture clumps, then use your hands to bring it together. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 1 hr.
  2. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Roll the dough between 2 pieces of clingfilm to a thickness of 3-4mm. Cut out 24 x 6cm-wide circles and put in two 12-hole mini muffin tins. Use a 5-6cm star or snowflake cutter to cut out 24 snowflake or star shapes and set aside; re-roll the pastry as necessary.
  3. Mix the mincemeat, cherries and brandy (if using) together in a bowl. Use to fill each mince pie. Top each with a snowflake or star and press the edges gently to stick.
  4. Place the tins on a large baking tray and bake for 18-20 mins until the pastry is cooked and the filling starts to bubble at the sides. Gently transfer the pies to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle or brush the tops with edible glitter or icing sugar, then package up ready to give as a present. They will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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