A plate of star-topped mince pies with candles and fairy lights in the background

Clementine mince pies

  • makes 12
  • Easy

Fresh clementine zest and a dash of Cointreau is what makes these mince pies extra special. Finish with a pastry star topper


Bake these clementine mince pies for a festive twist, then check out our classic mince pies, puff pastry mince pies and vegan mince pies. Also make our homemade brandy butter to accompany your mince pies.



  • mincemeat 500g
  • clementines 4, zested and 2 juiced
  • Cointreau 3 tbsp


  • plain flour 300g, plus more for dusting
  • unsalted butter 175g, cold and cubed
  • egg yolk 1
  • icing sugar 2 tbsp, plus more to serve


  • Step 1

    To make the pastry, pulse the flour and butter in a food processor until a breadcrumb texture forms. Add the egg yolk and sugar, then pulse again until the mixture begins to clump and a dough forms. If it’s not clumping, add ice-cold water, 1 tsp at a time, and pulse again, until a dough forms. Cut away a third of the dough, then wrap both pieces and chill for 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, combine the mincemeat, clementine zest and juice, and Cointreau.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Divide the larger piece of pastry into 12 pieces, form into balls, then roll each one into a thin circle on a lightly floured worksurface. Use these pastry circles to line a regular 12-hole cupcake tin. Spoon the mincemeat equally between each case.

  • Step 4

    Roll the smaller piece of dough out on a lightly floured worksurface, then use a small star cutter to cut shapes out of the pastry. Use them to top each mince pie.

  • Step 5

    Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Remove from the tin, cool on wire racks, then dust with icing sugar to serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 346
  • Fat 14.6g
  • Saturates 7.8g
  • Carbs 47.4g
  • Sugars 28g
  • Fibre 1.9g
  • Protein 3.2g