I am not a huge fan of dried fruit so have never really liked mince pies until I started making my own. I like to jazz up plain boring mincemeat by adding loads of dried cranberries, chopped glace cherries and a big glug of Cointreau. I usually make it the night before I need it so the mincemeat has time to soak up all the alcohol. I then cheat even further by using frozen pastry. Once upon a time I did make my own pastry but now due to health issues I just don't have the time or energy to mess around like that. Last year I bought some fab mini morsel baking tins from Lakeland to make mini bite sized mince pies.
Here are some I made last week
Ready for the oven -
Freshly cooked -
And a layout that I did last year about my Cheats' Mince Pies
I used one of my favourite kits last year from Sarah's Cards - Cosmo Cricket Early Bird.
It is that time of the year now when I will be making loads of mince pies for the freezer ready for Christmas. People seem to get offended if I turn up over Christmas and I am not clutching a container of mince pies LOL!!