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Mincemeat Brownies – A Festive Crowd Pleaser

Festive Mincemeat Brownies

Festive brownies spiced up with mincemeat. Bite into a rich chocolate fudgy slice and be delighted with booze soaked fruit and slivers of crunchy nuts. These mincemeat brownies are a real crowd pleaser and perfect for using up any leftover mincemeat. They’re gluten-free too.

If you don’t have much time, brownies are the perfect bake to make for friends, family or visitors. They don’t take long to prepare and washing up is minimal, especially if you use my one-pan-method. You can easily be getting on with something else whilst the brownies are baking and then cooling. These mincemeat brownies can be made well in advance too. If kept well sealed in a cool place they’ll easily last a week. In fact, they are even more delicious if you eat them the day after baking. They just get fudgier.

Mincemeat Brownies

To prepare these mincemeat brownies I go for my super easy, less washing up, one pan method. It works really well for me as I cook with electric. If you have gas or can’t get a nice low heat, then use a large heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of hot water instead.

It’s really just a case of melting the butter and chocolate together. Then beating in the sugar, followed by the eggs. Finally sift in the dry ingredients, then stir in the mincemeat. Easy peasy. All you need to do after that is scrape the batter into a suitable silicone mould or lined tin and bake.

Gluten-Free Flour

You don’t have to use gluten-free flour in this recipe, but it does make them accessible to anyone who is wheat intolerant if you do. I use Free From Fairy’s flour as it always performs well and is made from wholegrains. Buckwheat flour is a good alternative. You only need sixty grams, so it’s a good recipe to experiment with.

Homemade Mincemeat

I always seem to have a jar or two of homemade mincemeat knocking around from the previous year. This year it’s lemon & ginger mincemeat but it might just as well have been my chilli chocolate mincemeat. This latter is my favourite mincemeat ever. But it’s nice to ring the changes sometimes. You only need four tablespoons for this recipe, so it’s a great way to use up any leftover mincemeat you might have lying around. A little bit more or a little bit less isn’t going to make a big difference.

Christmas Pudding

Festive Mincemeat Brownies

These mincemeat brownies make an excellent stand in for a Christmas pudding. They have a similar texture and flavour to Christmas pudding, but with the added bonus of chocolate. As they are so easy to make and are best prepared a day to two before the big day, it’s one less thing to worry about. Serve warm or cold with clotted cream, ice-cream or custard.

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Mincemeat Brownies – The Recipe

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Mincemeat Brownies

Festive brownies spiced up with mincemeat. They're a real crowd pleaser and perfect for using up any leftover mincemeat. They work well as an alternative Christmas pudding too and they're gluten-free.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: brownies, dark chocolate, mincemeat
Servings: 12 brownies
Calories: 303kcal


  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g dark chocolate (I use 72%)
  • 225 g caster or granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 60 g gluten-free flour (I use Free From Fairy’s)
  • ¼ tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp mincemeat
  • icing sugar for dusting (optional)


  • Set the oven to 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4).
  • Place the butter and chocolate in a large saucepan and melt over a low heat. I find this works well with electric. If you can’t get a low heat on your stove, then use a large bowl suspended over a pan of hot, but not boiling, water instead.
  • Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar. Then beat in the eggs, one by one.
  • Sieve in the flour and cocoa and fold in.
  • Lastly stir in the mincemeat.
  • Scrape the batter into a 20cm sq (8″) silicone mould or lined tin and bake for 35 minutes. The batter should be well risen with a crust on top, but still have a slight wobble in the middle. It’s important not to overcook brownies.
  • Leave to cool in the tin, then cut into 12 bars.
  • Dust with icing sugar if desired.


You don’t have to use gluten-free flour in this recipe. If the brownies don’t need to be gluten-free, use whatever flour you have to hand.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 346IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg


I’m sharing these mincemeat brownies with Apply to Face Blog for #BakingCrumbs.


  1. angiesrecipes

    10th December 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Love the idea of adding mincemeat in the brownie. These brownie bars look amazing, Choclette.

    • Choclette

      10th December 2019 at 6:31 pm

      I sort of thought it would work well and luckily I was right. They are festive, fudgy and fragrant.

  2. Lou | Crumbs and Corkscrews

    10th December 2019 at 6:54 pm

    OMG these sound amazing! Mincemeat with a little booze kick and fudgy chocolate brownie, what more is there to ask for. I have some homemade mincemeat left so it’s going to be made into these this weekend! Thank you for sharing.

    • Choclette

      11th December 2019 at 8:40 am

      Yay for mincemeat brownies. Go you Lou. They are particularly good ones, but very rich so it’s actually quite hard to eat more than you should.

  3. Ramona

    10th December 2019 at 10:13 pm

    This brownie looks terrific, perfect for the festive time coming and will have to make this as I have not tried a mincemeat one before, very clever idea!

    • Choclette

      11th December 2019 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Ramona. I always try to come up with a new mincemeat recipe each year. These brownies are one of the best.

  4. Mary

    11th December 2019 at 4:34 am

    I always use your Brownie recipe when making Brownies, adding 85%-100% cocoa butter chocolate. It is a lovely and easy mixture to make up. With the amount of sugar in Brownies the extra dark chocolate works a treat. Never thought of adding Mincemeat but I am sure it will be a gorgeous Christmas treat!
    Have a very happy Festive season. :))

    • Choclette

      11th December 2019 at 8:37 am

      Aw, that’s lovely to hear. Thank you Mary. Adding mincemeat does give these brownies a lovely festive air. Wishing you also a very Merry Christmas.

  5. Mary

    11th December 2019 at 4:36 am

    I gave it 5 stars but they kept disappearing!!!

    • Choclette

      11th December 2019 at 8:35 am

      Not sure why there was a problem, but thank you very much for trying.

  6. rhizowen

    11th December 2019 at 7:30 am

    I’m not a mincemeat fan, but I reckon these could persuade me.

    • Choclette

      11th December 2019 at 8:38 am

      I not only reckon they could persuade you, I know they have.

  7. Pavani

    11th December 2019 at 4:41 pm

    WOW, what a rich and decadent brownie recipe with a little surprise inside. Love the idea of adding mincemeat into the brownie batter – will have to try these out sometime.

    • Choclette

      12th December 2019 at 7:31 pm

      With the festive season well underway, now is a very good time to try them.

  8. Leslie

    11th December 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I think I just found my go-to brownie recipe!!! These look amazing! Even better with the powdered sugar sprinkled on top!

    • Choclette

      12th December 2019 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks Leslie. I wouldn’t normally sprinkle my brownies with icing sugar, but for a festive occasion, it just has to be done.

  9. Jill's Mad About Macarons

    11th December 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Absolutely adore the look and sound of this, Choclette. As for the chili chocolate mincemeat, I’m sold too. Fabulous job!

    • Choclette

      12th December 2019 at 7:33 pm

      They really are good Jill. I sort of thought they would be, but they’re even better. Sadly these ones didn’t have the chilli mincemeat in, so I’ll just have to make another batch.

  10. M D

    12th December 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Mincemeat and chocolate sound amazing together! Pinned this lovely recipe to my Christmas board. If I’ve got leftover mincemeat I’ll give these brownies a go. Thank you for linking up with #CookBlogShare:)

    • Choclette

      12th December 2019 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks Monica. They’re ever so good. I have just chomped my way through yet another one – so hard to resist.

  11. Lesley Garden

    12th December 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I love the idea of adding the flavours of mincemeat to your chocolate brownies, very clever. Thank you for sharing to #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      12th December 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Lesley. I always end up saying this when I’ve made brownies, but I’ll say it again anyway – I reckon these might be the best brownies ever!

  12. Rosemary

    13th December 2019 at 9:02 am

    Well, I know what to do with my left-over mincemeat now! What a great recipe – love the idea of combining chocolate with all those Christmas flavours.

    • Choclette

      14th December 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Yes, they are real festive brownies and definitely rich and decadent enough to serve up as a Christmas pudding.

  13. Jenny Walters

    13th December 2019 at 1:20 pm

    What an epic recipe. Bizarrely I have been thinking about marrying the two myself. I am going to HAVE to try this recipe now. I can just taste how the spices and sweet fruit will go amazingly together. What a fabulous combo. Thank you so much for bringing them to #BakingCrumbs

    • Choclette

      14th December 2019 at 1:38 pm

      It really is a good combination Jenny and so very festive too. Enjoy your mincemeat brownies.

  14. Helen - Cooking with my kids

    16th December 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I love the idea of adding mincemeat to a brownie. I tend to use up all my mincemeat in a traditional mince pie but think this year is the year to branch out and try some new things. I’ve added yours to my list. #CookBlogShare

    • Choclette

      16th December 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks Helen. Chocolate and mincemeat is a lovely combination and these have become my new favourite brownie.


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