Mincemeat Cookies with Browned Butter Maple GLaze

Well, congrats to you. You made it past the title of the post to read about these delightful cookies.
I mean mincemeat…yuck. When I hear the word mincemeat, I think of meat all minced up..ewwwww…in a cookies or a pie form…that is just nasty.
My husband alway spoke of mincemeat cookies his Grandma used to make all the time when he was young. He has been wanting me to make them for the longest time. He finally had his Grandma find the recipe. She did. And then I was on the hunt for some mincemeat (shutter). I was obviously uneducated in regards to the makeup of mincemeat. There seems to be 2 varieties at the grocery store. One with actual BEEF in it and one with without. I took the safe route and bought the mincemeat without the beef.
I am here to tell you the stuff gets a bad rap! It is basically a spicy, fruit mixture. Apples,raisins, orange peel and spices that’s it. Sound yummy, huh? It is.
I made them current by adding a browned butter maple glaze on top. Uh huh, I rock.
Make them, you will love them. Grandma says so.

Who knows how old this little yellowed recipe card is. 

Makes about 5 dozen
The Hungry Housewife

3/4 cups Butter, softened
1 1/4 cups Sugar
3 Eggs ,beaten
3 cups Flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
3/4 tsp Allspice
1 tsp Baking Soda
3 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
1 1/4 cups Mincemeat
3/4 cups Pecans or Walnuts, toasted

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and baking soda. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer.
Add the eggs and mix well.
Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until just incorporated.
Mix in the orange juice and mincemeat.
Fold in the nuts of choice.

Preheat the oven to 350.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the baking sheet).
Form the cookies into Tablespoon rounds and place them on the prepared cookies sheet, 1″ apart.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies are set.
Allow the cookies to cool.
To frost the cookies put the Browned Butter Maple Glaze(recipe below) in a zip lock bag or a piping bag. Snip the end and drizzle onto the cooled cookies.


2 Tbsp Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tsp Pure Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp Milk

Place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium high heat. Cook the butter until it starts to lightly brown and smells “nutty”.
Pour the browned butter into the powdered sugar.
Add the maple syrup and milk and mix with an electric mixer until smooth.

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  1. 1

    I have to make these for my dad!

  2. 2
    Healthy and Homemade says:

    These sound delicious!! I didn't know there was actually a mincemeat WITH meat!? I always just thought it was nuts and spices. Yay for a meat free recipe for cookies =P

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    vanillasugar says:

    well hey if grandma says so then hot damn it's true.
    love that glaze girl

  4. 4

    oh yum, i've never tried anything with mincemeat, but these sound great. i posted your brussel sprouts, thanks again!

  5. 5

    I love how people freak out when you say mincemeat, lol! My hubby being british introduced me to mincemeat long ago and it wasn't scary as us Americans take it to be. This recipe sounds like a brilliant use of it. You are super creative, Leslie.

  6. 6

    Ok, I have never had anything with mincemeat but if Grandma says they're good they must be!

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    Chef Fresco says:

    Not gonna lie, the title does sound a bit gross. They look delicious though!

  8. 8

    hi, i've read it somewhere not too long ago about this 'vegetarian' mincemeat..i'm not a meaty person when it comes to cookies and this sounds yummy!

  9. 9

    I got a jar of minced meat from a colleague as a secret santa gift… like you, I wasnt so sure on what to do with it… Looks like I will be making cookies!

  10. 10

    I am your new follower by the way!

  11. 11
    Diana's Cocina says:

    Leslie these cookies sound really delish…And if Grandma says so well, we know they are. Mincemeat is something hispanics use as well. Well, at least this hispanic fmily does. LOL! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

  12. 12
    mangocheeks says:

    I do like these. It will be a nice change from the mince pies.

  13. 13
    Rhiannon Nicole says:

    Well then!! You just helped clear up any confusion I had on mincemeat and what it really is 🙂 Sounds delish! xo

  14. 14

    Yum! I've never had a cookie like these before but I am sure I would LOVE them.

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    Chelsea Talks Smack says:

    Oh wow, these sound delish!

  16. 16

    yes, mincemeat is unfortunately-named, but these cookies rock! they've been particularly redeemed by that glaze. 🙂

  17. 17

    That card is adorable. Hold on to that!

    I lost one like that from my grandmother and it's my favorite sauce for pulled pork. I know it's tucked away somewhere in one of my cookbooks but I have been unable to find it for the past two years. I have the recipe itself in my database but I miss having the card and its sentimental value.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!