Deep Filled Mince Pies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Deep Filled Mince Pies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

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Crisp and crunchy gluten free pastry encases juicy festive mincemeat. Using flaked almonds, cranberries, goji berries, warming spices, orange juice and a splash of whiskey. These deep filled mince pies are an upgraded dessert for the adults to enjoy this Christmas.

It’s not Christmas for me unless mince pies are involved. Last year i made a batch of mince pies with a more traditional filling. You can check that recipe out here.

Reasons To Make Your Own Mince Pies

This year i wanted to be more creative with the filling. Since i have seen lots of supermarkets up their game with the selection of different mince pies. A few of my favourites have to be the salted caramel and the chocolate caramel ones from Asda.

The only problem with the mince pies i mentioned above is that they contain gluten and milk. Which is another reason i wanted to make my own version. Since free from foods don’t usually come in all the fun variations that “normal” food does. It’s a great reason to get creative and come up with your own tasty version.

six mince pies on a tea towel

How to Make The Gluten Free Pastry

Gluten free pastry can be tricky to get right as it tends to be crumbly or dry. For this recipe i used xanthan gum with is a thickener and a stabiliser. Which helps the pastry to hold together and mimic the gluten that would normally be found in regular pastry.

Tips For Making The Filling

Instead of the traditional dried fruit mix usually found in mince pies. I used a mixture of flaked almonds, dried cranberries and dried goji berries. Cooked in orange juice, water and whisky. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice, ground cloves and nutmeg. To give it that festive taste we all know and love.

More Festive Treats To Make

Christmas Tiffin (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Soft Gingerbread Men (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Peppermint Brownies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

close up of a single mince pie

Can You Make Them Without Alcohol

Of course you can simply sub the alcohol for either more water or orange juice. You could also you a different alcohol of your choice. Last year i used gingerbread flavoured gin instead of the whisky.

Substitutes You Can Use In This Recipe

The great thing about mince pies is that the filling can be tweaked to include whatever fruits and nuts your want. If you need a nut free version swap out the flaked almonds for sunflower seeds for the same added crunch the almonds give.

Ingredients Needed For The Mince Pies

Mincemeat Ingredients

  • Flaked almonds
  • Dried cranberries
  • Goji berries
  • Orange juice
  • Whisky (optional)
  • Water
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground ginger
  • Mixed spice
  • Nutmeg

deep filled mince pies with cookie cutter

Pastry Ingredients

  • Gluten free plain flour
  • Dairy free butter
  • Xanthan gum
  • Coconut sugar
  • Egg
  • Coconut milk

Final Result

A fun twist on the traditional mince pie, with a boozy kick for the adults to enjoy. Why not get creative and come up with your own mincemeat creation.

Deep Filled Mince Pies

Crisp and crunchy gluten free pastry encases juicy festive mincemeat. Using flaked almonds, cranberries, goji berries, warming spices, orange juice and a splash of whiskey. These deep filled mince pies are an upgraded dessert for the adults to enjoy this Christmas.

Course Dessert
Cuisine dairy free, gluten free
Keyword Deep Filled Mince Pies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Servings 6
Author emma



  • 60 grams Flaked Almonds
  • 40 grams Dried Cranberries
  • 40 grams Goji Berries
  • 150 ml Orange Juice
  • 125 ml Whisky Optional
  • 259 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground cloves


  • 220 grams Gluten Free Plain Flour
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 1 medium Egg
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Milk
  • 2 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 100 grams Dairy Free Butter



  1. In a small saucepot at all your mincemeat ingredients and stir to combine.

  2. Bring the mincemeat to a boil for 2-3 minutes to allow the alcohol to burn off. Then reduce the heat to a simmer.

  3. Leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes until the liquid has reduced down.

  4. Remove from the hear and leave to cool.

  5. You won't need all the mincemeat for these mince pies. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. The flavour will intensify the longer you leave it to soak. Add more water if required.


  1. In a medium sized bowl add the flour, sugar and xanthan gum, mix to incorporate.

  2. Cube the butter and add to the flour mixture. Rub the butter into the flour, until you have a breadcrumb texture.

  3. Crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk.

  4. Mix the egg into your dry mixture until it starts to form a dough.

  5. If its to dry add in a tsp of coconut milk at a time until it comes together.

  6. Roll the dough out on a silicone mat or a piece of greaseproof paper.

  7. Using a circle cookie cutter punch out 6 circles that will fit into your muffin tray. With the remaining dough cut out a gingerbread man or other shape to use as the top to your mince pie.

  8. Place the circle piece of dough in the base of the muffin tray and press it up the sides. Blind bake the pastry cases in the oven at 180c for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden.

  9. Remove the pastry cases from the oven. Add a tbsp of the mincemeat to the pastry case and add the top piece of pastry. Crimp the edges to attach it to the pastry case.

  10. Bake at 180 for another 8-10 minutes until the pastry is golden.

  11. Remove the mince pies from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool down.

  12. Store any leftover mince pies in an airtight container and eat within 3-5 days.

duo pictures of mince pies

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