These easy Mincemeat Pinwheels are much quicker and easier to make than mince pies, but they still have all the flavours you know and love. Golden flakey puff pastry wrapped around sweet and juicy mincemeat, these mincemeat pastries are going to be a hit this Christmas and they are ready in just 20 minutes.
About these mincemeat pinwheels
I have to admit, I don't love mince pies. It's not the filling, it's the pastry. I just find it a bit pointless!
But, these mince pie pinwheels are totally different. Light and flakey puff pastry is used and these mince pie swirls feel like a real treat. But SO easy to make - they look far more impressive than they are.
We already have our Puff Pastry Mince Pies, but these look much more fun with the swirls and they make really nice homemade Christmas gifts too. These also don't need much mincemeat, so it's a great way to use up leftovers.
All you need to make these mincemeat swirls is some puff pastry, store bought mincemeat and a couple of extra add-ins and they are ready in around 20 minutes. Easy Christmas baking for when you have last minute guests and they can be stashed in the freezer too.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Puff Pastry - We "cheated" and used store bought puff pastry. Honestly, we can't taste the difference from homemade and using ready rolled sheets of puff pastry makes this such an easy and quick recipe. By all means, make your own pastry if you have time.
- Mincemeat - Yep, another cheat here! Try to use the best quality you can. Again, you can make homemade mincemeat if you want, but we wanted this to be a really simple festive hack back.
- Cranberries - Is it Christmas without cranberries? These add a lovely flavour and extra sweetness to the mince pie pastries
- Nuts - This is totally optional, but the extra texture that some crushed nuts add is amazing. We used walnuts but pecans work well too.
- Orange - A little orange zest really helps to lighten up the mincemeat, which can feel a little heavy. You could also use lemon zest.
- Egg - This is brushed over the puff pastry to help it go nice and golden and crispy.
- Icing sugar - A dusting of icing sugar on top just adds to the Christmas vibes. You can add a sprinkle of cinnamon too for extra Christmas flavour.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make mince pie pinwheels- Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6.
One: Roll out the pastry and spread over all of the mincemeat, leaving a gap around the edge.
Two: Sprinkle over the dried cranberries, chopped walnuts and orange zest.
Three: Carefully roll the pastry into a log.
Four: Using a sharp knife, slice the log into ten rounds.
Five: Transfer the rounds to a lined baking tray and brush with whisked egg.
Six: Put into the oven for 18 minutes. Once cooked, leave to cool and dust with icing sugar.
Although mince pies themselves divide the country, those that can agree that they are delicious, can't usually decide on how to serve them. Some like them plain, others like them with cream, brandy butter, custard or ice cream.
Some people heat them up, and others like them cold. There are so many options, and you can serve these mince pie pinwheels any of those ways.
We love our mincemeat pinwheels with a hot drink. Snuggling up on the sofa after a long winter walk, these go down so well with a hot cup of something. We have lots of hot drink recipes for you to try. Why not try one of these:
Store: Once fully cooled, they can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Freeze: These freeze really well. Once fully cooled, put them on a baking tray and in the freezer - this is called flash freezing. Once they are frozen, you can put them in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months and then just take one out as and when you want one.
Defrost: Defrost at room temperature - they should only take a couple of hours.
Reheat: You can warm these up in the microwave.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ours took 18 minutes in the oven, but every oven cooks differently. Keep an eye on them from 15 minutes, as you are looking for the pastry to be golden brown.
A lot of store bought puff pastry is vegan - just watch out for ones that say all butter. You can also get some great vegan mincemeat, that doesn't use suet. You will also need to leave out the egg wash.
If you use gluten free pastry, and make sure there is no cross contamination, then these can be gluten free.
Yes, you can freeze them uncooked and then put them on a baking tray frozen. Just add about 5 minutes extra.
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- 320 g (11.25 oz) Puff pastry
- 410 g (1.75 cups) Mincemeat
- 30 g (0.25 cups) Dried cranberries
- 40 g (0.33 cups) Walnuts - chopped
- 1 Orange - zest only
- 1 Egg - medium; whisked
- Icing sugar - optional
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6.
- Roll out 320 g Puff pastry and spread over 410 g Mincemeat, leaving a gap around the edge.
- Sprinkle over 30 g Dried cranberries, 40 g Walnuts and the zest of 1 Orange.
- Carefully roll the pastry into a log.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the log into ten rounds.
- Transfer the rounds to a lined baking tray and brush with 1 Egg.
- Put into the oven for 18 minutes. Once cooked, leave to cool and dust with Icing sugar.
- Make sure to get your puff pastry out of the fridge 30 minutes before you need to use it. If you unroll it straight from the fridge it will crack.
- Add a splash of brandy or rum for extra flavour. Not too much though, as you don't want it to be soggy.
- Make sure you transfer them to a wire rack to cool, as this will prevent them from getting a soggy bottom.
- If you have extra time, put the rolled up pastry with filling (uncut) in the fridge for 20 minutes. Chilling it will make slicing into circles much easier. Don't worry if you don't have time though.
- You can easily double this recipe, just put on two baking sheets and cook in batches if needed.
- Always line your baking trays. Once baked and cooled, mincemeat will stick to your baking tray and it will take forever to scrub off.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.