Mincemeat Pinwheels: This quick and easy recipe uses jarred mincemeat and frozen puff pastry for a delicious addition to any Christmas dessert tray.
These are Mincemeat Pinwheels are a family favourite around here. On top of being really yummy, they are super easy. So if you don’t have time for homemade caramel, or browned flour this Christmas these just might be the recipe for you.
This is the fourth cookie for our Christmas Cookie Week -but strictly speaking it’s not a cookie… not quite a tart either, or a Danish, or a square, we’ll call it a Christmas Treat and leave it at that. 😉 It definitely will be a great addition to any cookie tray for the holidays.
Mincemeat is not as common here in Canada as in Britain. In fact, lots people don’t even know what it is. Mincemeat is basically a mixture of chopped dried fruit -think raisins, currents, orange peel, apples. It also includes brandy and spices, and sometimes beef suet. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat, but now a days it doesn’t even have to include beef suet.
My family and I really like it, probably because we love any dessert with apples and raisins. It’s traditionally made into little tarts or pies at the holidays.
- Mincemeat, jarred
- Butter Puff Pastry, frozen
- Powdered Sugar
- Cut one sheet of thawed butter puff pastry into 9 even squares.
- Add slits to the corners of each square, taking care not to cut the centre of the square.
- Put each square of puff pastry onto a cookie sheet. Add about a tbsp. of the mincemeat to each square. And fold in the tips of the slits to form the pinwheel. Press the centre down quite firmly.
- Bake at 350F for about 10-15 minutes on the pastry begins to brown.
- Once cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy.
I saw this version on a British cooking show, and it’s so easy and so tasty, it’s become a favourite of ours.
These Mincemeat Pinwheels are so quick to put together, they’re literally prepared in minutes. Keep unused mincemeat in the fridge and ready to use for the next batch.
These are best eaten right away, as the puff pastry is lovely and crisp. And they’re so easy to make, you can prepare then in small batches and eat them right away.
With Mincemeat Pinwheels, life really is a party!
Christmas Cookie Week Continues
Be sure to check out some of the other cookies for Christmas Cookie Week, including our Brown Sugar Caramel Thumbprint cookies here.
Also, our tried and true Sugar Cookie Recipe here.
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our final recipe for Christmas Cookie Week.