Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels

March 3, 2022Sew White

If you love mince pies or you’re looking for ideas with what to do with a leftover jar of mincemeat, then you need this puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels recipe. It combines the best of the Christmas mince pie flavours with flaky puff pastry to create an easy Christmas party food while being so delicious. Mince pie swirls are a great easy Christmas sweet treat which is perfect for family baking, making as a Christmas party food or just having with a cup of tea. These puff pastry mincemeat twists pair very well with a mulled wine too.

Pink plate of Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels

Mince pies have their place and I for one love them, however, these mincemeat puff pastry swirls make making mince pies a lot easier. I love whipping up a batch of these when we have friends or family around at Christmas and we all want something a little sweet and festive to go with our cup of tea.

You only need a few ingredients including a jar of mincemeat, ready-rolled puff pastry and an egg. It might sound too good to be true but I think it’s definitely worth giving these puff pastry mincemeat twists a go.

Why you’ll love this Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels recipe

  • This is a recipe to crack out when you have grandparents and grandchildren coming over.
  • Its perfect for those winter parties when a store bought mince pie just won’t cut it.
  • The mincemeat pinwheels are super easy to whip up when carol signers unexpectedly show up and require sustenance.
  • They take minutes to make but only seconds to eat!
  • Save this recipe for when you inevitably have left over mincemeat on January 6th).
  • This recipe is a great way to use up leftover mincemeat.
puff pastry christmas swirls on a cool rack

Top Questions for puff pastry mincemeat twists

Can I make puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels in advance?
How can I make vegan puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels?
What is mincemeat?
What is mincemeat pie filling made of?

Ingredients

As the title suggests, this recipe requires mincemeat. You can either make your own or get shop bought for ease. If you do fancy making your own then check out my slow cooker vegan mincemeat recipe.

  • Puff Pastry  – You can make your own as well but that is a lot of extra steps, ready rolled puff pastry is affordable and perfect every time.
  • Mincemeat – you can use ready bought or try making your own. There is something so wonderful about making your own mincemeat. The smell and flavours are can’t be beaten.
  • Egg ( this is just for browning, you can use milk or a vegan alternative, like coconut oil)
  • Icing Sugar (optional for a beautiful Christmas dusting – but super tasty addition!)

How to make Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels – step by step

Spoon the mincemeat on to the puff pastry
  • Remove the puff pastry from the fridge about 20 minutes before you want to start. This will help it be soft enough to unroll without breaking.
  • Preheat your oven to 200° / 180ºC fan/ Gas 6. Line the baking sheets with baking paper/ parchment. This helps your mince pie pinwheels to not stick to your tray, it also makes for easier clean up.
  • Unroll the puff pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Spoon out the mincemeat onto the puff pastry and spread evenly over the top, using the back of a wet spoon helps to create an even layer and the mincemeat won’t stick to your spoon. Be sure to leave a small border along the top and the bottom as this will create our seal.
Rolling up the Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels along the long side of pastry
puff pastry roll
brush the Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels swirls with beaten egg
  • Roll up the puff pastry along the longest side. Place it seam side down. You should see a little mincemeat spiral on the ends.
  • Using a sharp knife, carefully cut 1inch slices and place them on the prepared baking trays. Give them a little distance between them as they will spread when baking.
  • In the small bowl beat the egg . Use a pastry to brush the egg over the slices of mincemeat pinwheels. This is called an egg wash and helps to brown the pastry for that generous golden colour.
  • Place the mince pie pinwheels the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden.
  • Enjoy when still warm with a dusting of icing sugar, cinnamon or just straight off the cooling rack. ( please mind your fingers they will be very hot when they first come out the oven!)
golden brown Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels cooling

Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels Top Tips

  • Take your puff pastry out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you want to start making the puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels. This will make it easier to unroll or roll out.
  • add a sprinkling of cinnamon for an extra Christmassy flavour. You can even mix one part sugar with one part cinnamon for a sweeter taste.
  • Don’t forget to leave a space between each mince pie swirl on the baking tray as they will spread out a little during baking.

Serving Suggestions for mince pie pinwheels

For a sweet treat, sprinkle icing sugar or cinnamon on top, these mince pie pinwheels enhances the Christmassy flavour and pairs perfectly with mulled wine.

If you are tired of Christmas pudding or need to use up your leftover mincemeat on new years day, make these puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels a dessert with ice cream, eat them warm with a big scoop of your favourite flavour, or fresh cream for something lighter.

You could even make a warm custard to enjoy over the mincemeat puff pastry turnovers. If you make your own you can add a dash of cinnamon into the recipe, or a simple store bought custard will go perfectly with leftover mincemeat recipe.

For a truly luxurious dessert, make a brandy sauce to pour over the warm mincemeat swirls. In a small saucepan combine vanilla (pods give the best flavour but essence works just as well) , whole/ full fat milk, caster sugar, cream and of course, a few (or more) tablespoons of brandy. Use cornflour to thicken and viola! A hot puff pastry mincemeat tart and a deeply rich brandy sauce.

Close up golden brown Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels on a pink plate

Equipment

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  • 2 baking trays
  • 1 sharp knife (please be careful)
  • grease-proof paper / baking parchment
  • 1 pastry brush (kitchen roll will do if you do not have a pastry brush)
  • 1 small bowl, for your egg wash.

Storing / Making ahead of time options

You can make these mincemeat pinwheels ahead of time and freeze prior to cooking. You will just need to adjust your cooking time if you cook them from frozen. This will save you time when guests come over and means you can have an easy midnight Christmas eve snack!

Store the puff pastry mincemeat tarts in an airtight box for 2 days. Best served and enjoyed on the day of baking, warm from the oven.

If you have time you can make this puff pastry mincemeat turnovers recipe and place the roll in the fridge for up to an hour before baking, this will save you from bring stuck in the kitchen while you have guests but still want fresh warm puff pastry mincemeat swirls.

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Substitutions and variations for Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels

DRIED CRANBERRIES

A great addition to these mincemeat pinwheels is dried cranberries. They add an extra sweetness to the finished puff pastry pinwheels which are just so delicious. It gives it even more of a Christmas flavour and the specks of red dried cranberries looks beautiful too.

When you spoon out the mincemeat on to the puff pastry sprinkle the dried cranberries on top before rolling the pastry up. I tend to cut up my cranberries as they can be pretty large. This way it helps gives you more delcious cranberry coverage in the pinwheels, without having to use up a lot of cranberries.

CINNAMON

A great addition to these mincemeat pinwheels is cinnamon. One of the best Christmas flavours, in my opinion, cinnamon really acts as flavour booster for this recipe. I think the best way is to add a sprinkle when they are fresh from the oven.

NUTELLA

If you don’t like mincemeat or you want to make something for children too then swap out the mincemeat for a chocolate spread. The best spreads to use in pinwheels have to include nutella, JimJams chocolate spread, jam or other spread that you love.

If you looking for more Christmas party food and bite-size treats then check out my pigs in blankets toad in the hole.

FAQS puff pastry mincemeat twists

Can I make puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels in advance?

Absolutely! You can make them and freeze the mincemeat swirls just prior to cooking. If they are frozen you can cook them straight from frozen. Just lay them on a baking tray and bake! ( You will need to adjust your baking time for frozen pinwheels. They will need a little longer)

If you want to make them for later the same day or for the next day you can make them and slice them put them on a prepared baking tray in the fridge until you want to cook them.

How can I make vegan puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels?

My homemade mincemeat is already vegan, so that’s great start. You can also buy it most supermarkets too. You can swap out your egg wash for coconut oil and vegan puff pastry is very easy to buy too. Find your favourite vegan puff pastry and roll out the same as a non vegan alternative.

What is mincemeat?

Mincemeat is a mix of chopped fruits, nuts, suet and brandy. Mincemeat is usually contains beef suet but you can also find vegan alternatives to use. Making your own mincemeat is a great way to make sure you know exactly what is in your mince pie filling. I have a vegan slow cooker mince pie filling recipe you can use if you want to make your own.

What is mincemeat pie filling made of?

Mincemeat is made from a delicious mix of dried fruit, nuts, suet (meat or vegan) and usually brandy or similar alcohol. If you have ever wanted to make mincemeat yourself it is very easy and I think tastes a lot better than shop-bought. Check out my mince pie filling recipe for more info and the full recipe.

Other Recipes you might like

If you love mincemeat as much as I do, here are some recipes you might enjoy. A perfect way to use up that jar of mincemeat you have in your fridge after Christmas or inspire you to buy or make your own. Just so you can make these recipes at home in the kitchen. From puff pastry mincemeat swirls to mince pie cakes I have a Christmas recipe for you!

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Recipe

Puff Pastry Mincemeat Pinwheels

Sisley White
If you love mince pies or you're looking for ideas with what to do with a leftover jar of mincemeat, then you need this puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels recipe. It combines the best of the Christmas mince pie flavours with flaky puff pastry to create an easy Christmas party food while being so delicious. Mince pie swirls are a great easy Christmas sweet treat which is perfect for family baking, making as a Christmas party food or just having with a cup of tea. These puff pastry mincemeat twists pair very well with a mulled wine too.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Afternoon Tea, Biscuits, Cakes, cookies, Party Food, Snack, Sweet Treats
Cuisine American, British, English, International
Servings 16 pinwheels
Calories 211 kcal

Equipment

  • 2 baking trays
  • greaseproof paper / baking parchment
  • 1 sharp knife
  • 1 pastry brush
  • 1 small bowl

Ingredients
 
 

  • 375 g Puff Pastry (ready rolled sheet is best)
  • 400 g Mincemeat
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Icing Sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Remove the puff pastry from the fridge about 20 minutes before you want to start. This will help it be soft enough to unroll without breaking.
  • Preheat the oven to 200° / 180ºC fan/ Gas 6. Line the baking sheets with baking paper.
  • Unroll the 375g puff pastry sheet
  • Spoon out the mincemeat onto the puff pastry and spread evenly over the top leaving a small border along the top and the bottom.
  • Roll up the puff pastry from along the long side. Place it seam side down.
  • Using a sharp knife, carefully cut slices and place them on the prepared baking trays. Give them a little distance between them as they will spread when baking.
  • In the small bowl beat the egg. Use a pastry to brush the egg over the slices of mincemeat pinwheels.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden.
  • Enjoy when still warm with a dusting of icing sugar, cinnamon or just straight off the cooling rack.

Notes

  • As an option, you can pop the mincemeat puff pastry roll back in the fridge before you cut it, until you need it. Even a 10-minute rest will help. It will still work without popping it back in the fridge.
  • Best served warm from the oven, if not on the day they’re made.

Nutrition

Calories: 211kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 202mgPotassium: 18mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 15IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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10 Comments

  • Beth Sachs

    March 24, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    5 stars
    Such a great way of using up leftover mincemeat from Christmas.

    1. Sew White

      March 24, 2022 at 2:11 pm

      I agree! they are so tasty too. I could hundreds.

  • Shadi Hasanzade

    March 24, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    5 stars
    These look so easy and delicious and I bet they’ll be perfect with a cup of tea! I cannot wait to try your mincemeat recipe and then make these!

    1. Sew White

      March 24, 2022 at 2:22 pm

      That is so kind of you to say. Homemade mincemeat is so worth the effort and can be made so far in advance.

  • Suja md

    March 24, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    5 stars
    I love how versatile this recipe is! It’s a perfect fit for my family! So delicious!

    1. Sew White

      March 26, 2022 at 8:44 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them <3

  • Beth

    March 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to make these! I love recipes that are easy to make and that are also full of flavor. This ticks both boxes!

    1. Sew White

      March 26, 2022 at 8:44 pm

      I hope you enjoy them

  • Heidy

    March 24, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    5 stars
    This puff pastry mincemeat pinwheels recipe was outstanding. I enjoyed all the flavors, and it was a HUGE hit when I took some to the office. I highly recommend this recipe!

    1. Sew White

      March 26, 2022 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you so much that is a great compliment <3

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