Brownies are always a crowd pleaser and these Christmas mincemeat brownies are rich and gooey and packed with luscious festive fruits. They are the perfect winter treat.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- These festive mincemeat brownies aren’t something you can buy in the supermarket so they are just a wee bit different.
- Brownies are super easy to make and everybody loves them, so why not give your brownies a festive makeover?
- Chocolate is always a big part of Christmas, so why not make easy bake chocolate brownies into a real festive treat.
- The taste – these mincemeat brownies taste delicious and they are so moreish you can never eat just one.
I’m always trying to come up with different bakes at Christmas. The holiday period just makes me want to get kitchen crafting and come up with new treats all the time and these festive mincemeat brownies are the perfect sweet treat for the holidays.
Why mincemeat brownies?
Well I love using Christmas mincemeat in all sorts of recipes, my Christmas baklava recipe comes out every year and I make all sorts of mince pies too from standard mince pies to my gorgeous sweet/savoury brie and walnut mince pies. I have even made low sugar gluten-free brownies.
This time I thought I’d use my homemade vegetarian mincemeat to make these Christmas mincemeat brownies.
Brownies are an American classic. They are a rich chocolate baked confection that can either be fudgy in the middle or more cake-like in texture.
Chocolate brownies are super easy to make. It is really just a case of melting some ingredients, mixing that with the rest of the ingredients then chucking the whole lot in the oven and letting it do the work for you.
Ingredients for mincemeat brownies
Of course you will want your standard chocolate brownie ingredients here. Butter, sugar, chocolate, syrup, eggs, flour and the like.
The difference with these Christmas chocolate brownies is the festive flavours that I have added. There is cinnamon, ginger, allspice and the zing of orange. You really can’t get more festive than that in the flavour department.
The mincemeat of course. Make sure that you use good quality mincemeat or make your own homemade mincemeat as I do – honestly, it’s so easy and makes a great foodie gift for Christmas too of course.
You really could call these triple chocolate mincemeat brownies as I’ve used dark chocolate, cocoa powder and white chocolate in my festive brownies as well as the Christmassy mincemeat of course.
These Christmas chocolate mincemeat brownies are a chocoholic’s dream come true!
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to make Christmas mincemeat brownies
Like all good brownie recipes you want to melt your butter, sugar, chocolate and golden syrup together in a pan till they are all mixed together in a gorgeous sweet syrupy soup.
While this is cooking you can be whisking together the eggs and sugar then you add in those dry ingredients that include your festive spices.
once your melted ingredients have cooled a little carefully fold them into the festive brownie mixture and you are ready to move to the next step.
Spoon half of the festive spiced brownie mixture into your baking tin then add a layer of mincemeat. Finally, top with the remaining chocolate brownie mixture and pop this in the oven for about 30 minutes.
How to test if brownies are ready
When you are testing to see if your cake is baked through you stick a cocktail stick/toothpick into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean then the cake is done.
With brownies you want that stick to come out with some of the batter still attached as this means that your mincemeat brownies still have that lovely gooey brownie centre.
Decorating mincemeat brownies
Now these are festive brownies so we want them to look Christmassy. I have opted for a luscious layer of melted white chocolate and then some Christmas colour.
For that I’ve gone for some chopped up dried cranberries and broken up pistachios for those all-important red and green Christmas colours.
Finally finish off with a wee sprinkling of desiccated coconut rather like snow and your Christmas mincemeat brownies are done!
How many does this make?
I just made 9 festive brownies from this mincemeat brownies recipe. Want more chocolatey goodness? Then just double up on the recipe.
Your Christmas chocolate brownies will keep in a tin or box for about 4 days and you can even freeze them for up to 4 months, but freeze the mincemeat brownies before you add the frosting.
How to serve Christmas brownies
Serve these delightfully festive mincemeat brownies with a nice cup of tea or coffee as a chocolatey treat any time of day.
Or why not serve your Christmas mincemeat brownies with some thick cream or icecream instead of the usual Christmas pudding.
Looking for more festive baking ideas? Then check these out before you go;
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Christmas Mincemeat Brownies
- 150 g unsalted butter
- 75 g soft brown sugar
- 150 g dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp golden syrup
- 3 eggs
- 125 g caster sugar
- 1 orange zest zest only
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp mixed spice apple pie spice
- 150 g plain flour allpurpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 6 tbsp mincemeat
- 100 g white chocolate
- 1 tbsp dried cranberries chopped
- 1/2 tbsp pistachios chopped
- 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
- Preheat oven to 180C and line a 20 x 20cm baking tine
- Melt together the butter, soft brown sugar, plain chocolate and golden syrup
- Whisk the eggs with the sugar then add in the orange zest, spices, flour and baking powder
- Fold in the bownie mix from the pan then put half of this in a lined baking tin
- Add the mincemeat and then top with remaining brownie mix and bake for approx 30 minutes
- Once the brownies have cooled melt the white chocolate either in a microwave or a bain marine (bowl over bubbling water) and spread ontop of the brownies.
- Scatter on the dried cranberries, pistachios and coconut and slice