Easy peasy mince pies


Did you decorate your Christmas tree already? December is by far the most festive month of all. And for food bloggers this means a lot of hearty, traditional recipes.

I will be honest and admit that I have never heard of mince pies before I moved to Dubai. There is no such thing in Bulgaria. Our traditional treats are very heavy and time consuming, something that I have recently start to avoid considering my big bump and constant baby kicks. I learned my lesson from our baby announcement party- there I cooked for more than 20 guests. I started cooking at 10 am and finished somewhere around 4pm! Deviled eggs, hummus, numerous salads and dips, skewers, and nibbles- all home made. It was a good exercise and the guests loved the food, but I paid the price on the next day, when I couldn`t make out of bed until noon.

Working full time and being pregnant is bigger challenge than expected, so please forgive me if the upcoming recipes are too easy for you. Today`s mince pies will be ready before you can say “December”.


  • a jar of Robertson`s mincemeat
  • 500 g shortbread dough (see the recipe here)
  • icing sugar for dusting


  1. Roll your chilled, but not frozen dough as thick as a coin.
  2. Cut the dough into circles using a glass with suitable shape
  3. Cut stars/hearts shaped dough to cover the pies
  4. Place the circles carefully into your muffin or mini pies tray
  5. Add one tbsp of mincemeat to each pie and top with the star/heart
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes
  7. Serve dusted with icing sugar



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