RECIPE: Mince Pie Cookies

    Sometimes things happen in my brain, I’m not sure where they come from but the result is INSANELY GOOD. And after that I’m pretty sure you realise this is one such occasion.

    So as I bombed around London in the pre-Christmas mayhem this creation was born, and all I can say is I strongly advise you make them. And make them now.

    So yep I’ll leave that there, as always they’re gluten and dairy free, and although the contain honey and a little dried fruit the other ingredients account for that sugar content with their protein and fats to balance the release of that sugar into the bloodstream.

    Makes 10-12 cookies

    Homemade Mincemeat:

    • 1 Bramley apple (or another tart cooking variety)
    • 2 oranges
    • 1/4 cup raisins
    • 1/4 cup sultanas
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

    For the cookies:

    • 1 cup ground almonds
    • 1 cup light tahini
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1 organic egg – whisked
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda


    1. To make the mincemeat add the dried fruit to a pan, pour over 2 cups boiling water, cover with a lid & leave to sit for 10 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile roughly chop & core the apple then blend to a purée, zest both oranges reserving 1 tablespoon, & squeeze 1 1/2 again reserving about 2 tablespoons worth. Peel & cut the remaining 1/2 into small pieces popping to 1 side with your reserved zest & juice.
    3. Add the larger quantity of juice & zest to the pan with the dried fruit & cinnamon, bring to a gentle simmer & cook for 5-10 minutes until reduced. Leave to cool for 30 minutes.
    4. Preheat your oven to 170C, line a large tray with parchment paper.
    5. Add all of the cookie ingredients to a large bowl, mixing well to combine.
    6. Add your reserved orange zest, juice & pieces to the mincemeat & stir through.
    7. Once you have a firm dough fold through your mincemeat & then scoop out tablespoon sized portions onto the tray leaving a lot of space between them! (They spread quite a bit)
    8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden, do this in batches because otherwise you will burn them.
    9. Leave to cool on the tray for at least 5 minutes otherwise you won’t be able to pick them up, then transfer to a wire tray or just eat them warm…..