Moist and fluffy mincemeat muffins are gently spiced with warming cinnamon with a hidden layer of fruity mincemeat inside!
Perfect for using up those half-used jars of mincemeat, and best of all they can be made in under 30 minutes!
These festive mince pie muffins are the perfect way to use up leftover mincemeat!
✔️ Why should you try it?
- Delicious recipe using mincemeat.
- Freezer friendly.
- Perfect for Christmas.
- Uses my fail-safe basic muffin recipe.
Mincemeat - Vegetarian mincemeat without traditional suet.
Cinnamon - Helps give the muffins a gentle warmth.
My basic muffin mix, consists of;
- Plain Flour
- Bicarbonate of Soda
- Caster Sugar
- Natural Yogurt
- 2 Eggs
- Melted Butter
To make this easy mincemeat muffin recipe you will need a 12-hole muffin tin, muffin cases, and a mixing bowl.
One: Weigh out the dry ingredients (flour, bicarbonate of soda, caster sugar, cinnamon) in a bowl. Measure out the wet ingredients (yogurt, melted butter and eggs) in a jug and whisk.
Two: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Three: Gently mix until combined but be careful not to over-mix the muffin batter.
Four: Place 12 muffin cases in your muffin tin.
Five: Half fill each muffin case with the muffin batter.
Six: Place 1 teaspoon of mincemeat in each muffin case.
Seven: Top with the remaining muffin batter.
Eight: Bake for 16-18 minutes until golden.
💭 Top tips
- Be careful not to over-mix the muffin batter. Over mixing will result in tough muffins...and nobody likes a tough muffin!
- If you prefer, instead of placing teaspoons of mincemeat inside the muffins, you can stir all of the mincemeat into the muffin batter so it is distributed throughout the muffin. I prefer that fruity hit of mincemeat when you take a bite though!
- The grated zest of 1 orange or clementine added into the muffin batter is a good addition.
- Top the muffins with a layer of marzipan for mincemeat and marzipan muffins!
🍴 Serving suggestions
Serve the mincemeat muffins as a festive treat, at bake sales, or as an easy after-school snack.
Sometimes (if I'm feeling in the mood to make a pudding), I serve them up for dessert with creamy custard or no churn honeycomb ice cream.
Nearly all of the muffin recipes follow the same basic recipe, so if you don't fancy mincemeat, why not try my lemon drizzle muffins (with a hidden layer of lemon curd), chocolate courgette muffins, raspberry and white muffins, or my blackberry and lemon muffins instead?
Store: The muffins will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
🧊 Suitable for freezing?
These mincemeat muffins (as with all my muffin recipes) are suitable for freezing. Why not get ahead for Christmas and make a batch ahead of time? They can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
Mincemeat, the traditional filling for mince pies, is a spicy preserve comprising a mixture of dried fruit, apple, suet (although I make a vegetarian mincemeat without suet), and candied fruit and spices steeped in rum, whisky or brandy. It has been part of British cookery since the middle ages.
The reason mincemeat is called mincemeat is because that's exactly what it used to be! Most usually mutton (sheep), but also beef, rabbit, pork, and game were used. Mince pies were first served in the early middle ages, filled with a mixture of finely minced meat, chopped up dried fruit, and a preserving liquid such as rum, brandy or whisky.
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- Crumble topped mince pies - Sweet fruity mincemeat is encased in a shortcrust pastry shell, and topped with a buttery crumble topping!
- Mincemeat pinwheels - Easy puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels! Much quicker to make than mince pies, and just as tasty!
- Mincemeat crumble slices - A sweet crumble traybake using mincemeat. The mincemeat crumble slices make a great alternative to traditional mince pies.
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Cinnamon Spiced Mincemeat Muffins
- 140 g Caster Sugar
- 200 g Plain Flour
- 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 100 ml Natural Yogurt
- 2 Eggs
- 140 g Melted Butter
- 12 teaspoon Mincemeat
- 1 tablespoon Icing Sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 190°c (170 fan/ 375F/ Gas5). Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases.
- Weigh out the dry ingredients (flour, bicarbonate of soda, caster sugar, cinnamon) in a bowl. Measure out the wet ingredients (yogurt, melted butter and eggs) in a jug and whisk.
- Gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being careful not to over mix.
- Half fill each muffin case with the muffin batter.
- Place 1 teaspoon of mincemeat into each muffin case.
- Fill each case with the remaining muffin batter.
- Bake in the oven for 16-18 minutes until golden. Allow to cool and dust with icing sugar.