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Mincemeat Muffins

These Mincemeat Muffins are tender, spicy and so festive!  And they’re a great way to use up leftover mincemeat. 

Hi friends!  I have a delicious recipe for you today…and it involves mincemeat.  Now if you’ve never had mincemeat, don’t be afraid of the name…it’s waaaaay better than it sounds, trust me!  I never used to even touch the stuff…I always bypassed the the treat plates with anything mincemeat, but now I’m a changed woman!  I love it!  Mincemeat is versatile and goes with so many things – you can bake it into pies or tarts, or make Mincemeat Oatmeal Thumbprint cookies.  So good!

But first…what exactly is mincemeat?  “Mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, distilled spirits and spices, and sometimes beef suet, beef, or venison. Originally, mincemeat always contained meat.  Many modern recipes contain beef suet, though vegetable shortening is sometimes used in its place.” (Wikipedia)

The mincemeat that I buy is a 5 fruit blend (with no meat), and it contains apples, raisins, currants, orange & lemon peels, rum, brandy and molasses, as well as a number of different spices.  It’s kind of like a pie filling…in fact, mincemeat is most often used in pies.  I always buy my mincemeat at our local grocery store, but you should be able to find in almost anywhere (Superstore, Safeway, Walmart), and it comes either in jars or cans in the baking aisle.

Mincemeat Muffins {A Pretty Life}

These muffins are so scrumptious.  They’re moist, spicy and so festive!  And they’re a great way to use up any leftover mincemeat that you may have.  I don’t know about you, but I always end up with half a jar of leftover mincemeat after making tarts, so these are a great way to use it up!



Mincemeat Muffins

These Mincemeat Muffins are tender, spicy and so festive!  And they’re a great way to use up leftover mincemeat.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x



The Muffin:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mincemeat

The Topping: (this is optional if you don’t want to use rum)

  • 1 tsp generous of sugar
  • 1/4 cup rum


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, melt the margarine, then stir in the apple juice and eggs. Beat well.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and combine.
  5. Stir in the mincemeat.
  6. This recipe will make 12 medium sized muffins, so fill a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
  7. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full with the batter. Or if you would like a mincemeat centre see the Tips below.
  8. If you are adding the rum topping, do it at this step. Just mix the rum and sugar together, and add a generous 1 to 2 tsp of the mixture to the top of each muffin.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes.
  10. After they have cooled, sprinkle with some additional plain sugar or vanilla sugar.
  11. Enjoy!


If you want an extra bite of mincemeat, you can make a mincemeat centre. To do this, add 1/3 cup of the batter to the bottom of the muffin cup, then add a generous tablespoon of mincemeat, then top off with the remaining 1/3 cup of batter. Bake as directed above.

Keywords: leftover mincemeat, mincemeat muffins

More Delicious Recipes with Mincemeat:

Go ahead and try them!  I don’t think you will be disappointed!  Serve them up with a cup of tea or coffee…yum!  Delish and so festive.

Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate
    December 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    My mom loves mincemeat tarts and gets my grandma to make her a batch every year. I have never been a fan but I like the idea of putting mincemeat in muffins instead!

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    December 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Cross and Blackwell mincemeat … expensive, but worth it. I wouldn’t touch mincemeat for years and then I tried this and was a mincemeat convert. The muffins look great – if we ever finish the floor I’m going to try them out.

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    Virginia Fynes
    December 15, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    We were a hardcore mincemeat family growing up because my Dad was a big game hunter (and I grew to like it too). I think he’d love these! Maybe I’ll make them for our Christmas breakfast! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Joanne Hayward
    January 2, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Can I use butter in these muffins not margarine?- I can’t stand the stuff so much less healthy than even butter if look at how they produce it!

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      January 2, 2018 at 1:52 PM

      Hi Joanne! Definitely! I never use margarine anymore.

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    Love to bake
    October 15, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    5 stars
    Can you use milk instead of apple juice?

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      October 15, 2018 at 10:42 AM

      Hi! I always use apple juice so I’m not sure what using milk would be like…but I don’t think it should be too much of an issue…they may just be a little less sweet. Let me know how it goes if you make them with milk instead.

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    December 4, 2018 at 5:41 AM

    How long shall I bake it in a loaf tin?
    I have no muffin tins!

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      December 4, 2018 at 8:08 PM

      Hi Nikki! I’m not sure how long to bake it in a loaf pan, I’ve only ever made muffins. But most loaf recipes take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour, so I would start there. I’m going to try this too…it’s a great idea!

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    Kendra Stiwich
    January 3, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    4 stars
    Worked great! Went with half whole wheat flour and some random juice we had in the fridge. Also used coconut sugar. Needed to cook them for 25 minutes. Also doubled the recipe. Smell delicious while in the oven! Thanks!

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