Fruit mince pies – Christmas fruit tartlet.

fruit mince pies

Since I never grew up with Christmas,  my Christmas traditions come from the countries I lived in, the friends who opened their Christmas day family to us and the warmth and love for cooking.
The Christmas I knew came from Kerala and a dear friend Ciya. So there was always cake, food, children, gifts etc. The tree came while the life of my toddler in the Philippines. It was all about putting handmade decorations and opening the presents under the tree guided by our dearest helper Anna. Slowly and steadily it made sense to decorate the house. A quick makeover from Diwali decor to Christmas theme. Every year there is something new to add and a lot of lovely memories to cherish. Currently, we are experimenting with a bit more complex baking beyond the Christmas cake and here we are exploring Christmas fruit mince pies.

Fruit mince pies tradition

With an absolute misleading name, these delicious bite-sized fruit pies are a classic Christmas bake. it makes sense to the regions from where it comes. It is winter, baking is a great warm option and filling with apples and preserved fruit was one of the best desserts possible. As we read into the food history, this Christmas fruit tartlet has undergone a remarkable transformation from where they started. Nevertheless, fruit mince pies still feature on the Christmas dessert table for luck and love.

Why do we try this recipe?

Certainly, if the pies bring good luck, I need some at the moment! Beyond that, the idea of making soft flaky Christmas fruit tartlet seemed appealing as it puts you right in the spirit of Christmas.
The flaky, buttery shortcrust is actually so tasty, especially fresh off the oven, so it is a great idea to bake your own than a supermarket chain bought one. 
Homemade fruit mince had this delicious aroma wafting through the house that we just had to go a step further and try these pies too.
The pies are good to be made ahead.
The muffin tin sized pies need not much equipment or tons of effort.

fruit mince pies for christmas
Hope this will convince you to try this recipe. Here is the detailed recipe card with step by step instructions that make it easy to follow. The fruit mince that was made earlier was used in this recipe –  click here for the recipe to fruit mince. You can add this to your Pinterest board or save it to your personal account.

Fruit mince pies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Australian, International, Vegetarian
Servings 12 tartlets


For the shortcrust pastry

  • 250 grams flour
  • 7/8 cup butter
  • 1 small egg yolk only is needed
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the filing

For final presentation

  • 2 tbsp icing sugar for dusting on the pies.


  • Sift together the salt and the flour into a mixing bowl.
  • Rub in small pieces of cold butter into the flour and rub it together.
  • Make a well in the centre of the dough and add just the yolk of the egg into it.
  • With the warmth of yoru hand and the yolk, bring together the dough.
  • Chill the dough till use ( at least half an hour)
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
  • Prep the muffin tins.
  • Remove the pastry from the refrigerator and roll it thin.
  • Using a cookie cutter cut circles bigger than the muffin tin ( or tart shells like we have used here) diameter.
  • Press down the shortcrust pastry into the muffin cups.
  • Spoon in a tablespoon full of fruit mince.
  • Cut out a few stars to top the tartlets and plca them on each tartlet.
  • Press down the edges to seal it.
  • Bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Once slightly golden on top, remove and cool on a wirerack.
  • When cool, dust icing suagr on top and the dessert is ready.


We have made these pies in tart cups. The muffin tin version held more filling than the tart shells making the pies sweeter and juicier, So on second thought bake yours in the muffin tins. 
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Some recipes to add to your Christmas table.

A few recipes that I will add this season to our Christmas table needs to be shared.
Christmas cake – we certainly cannot get through Christmas without cake! Here is an easy, booze-free, eggless recipe for spiced Christmas cake.
If you had a cake fail don’t fret, turn them into adorable cake truffles and keep going with a second cake trial.
Being from Kerala, I add vattayappam and vegetable stew to the Christmas table as it is one I fondly remember my friends with.
My children began Christmas in Philippines (atleast one of them!!), so cannot do the table without a basic Pancit bihon.
And here we are adding one from the Australian traditions the mince fruit pies.
Don’t forget there is always room for cookies and hot chocolate. Maybe in our case, currently it is better to go with a chocolate cheesecake shake to comply with the summer Christmas from down under.

Collaborating this Christmas bake.

shh cooking secretly

The admins of Shhh cooking secretly (Renu and Mayuri) called out to have a great baking season for Christmas. That sounded perfect as it actually made me try something new. Starting from scratch these Christmas fruit tartlets are to stay. Anu Kollon, my partner for the theme was extra generous with her time for discussions and chose, whole wheat flour and salt from the pie crust as the secret ingredients. The result is in front of you. Anu’s blog is a hideout for many authentic Kerala recipes that you need to try. Check it out.

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Enjoy the season of sharing with these giftable fruit mince pies. Don’t forget, luck always grows when shared.

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Mayuri Patel
2 years ago
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My plan was to make mince pies for the challenge but I just didn’t get the time. Planning to make them for Christmas. Such a delicious traditional Christmas Treat, love the cute size you’ve made. And homemade fruit mince is the best.

Preeti Shridhar
2 years ago
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I have never made Fruit mince pies. I really don’t know why. Your detailed recipe pushes me to try out these beauties this Christmas. The pies are so enticing. I love the tid bits of history that accompanies your recipes.

2 years ago

These are amazing showstopper pies! Love them! This has been in my list for a long time and with your detailed recipe, I guess it should be a breeze!

Bachhav Poonam
2 years ago
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I have tried making Pineapple jam tarts once while in Malaysia for Chinese new year. Your fruit mince pies look gorgrous and super addictive ! Perfect festive treats.

Anu Kollon
2 years ago

Fruit Mince pies are something new to me. They look so delicious and would love to try them.

Sasmita Sahoo
2 years ago
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mince pies are on my to-do list for along. Hopefully, I will make it this Christmas… You have created pretty well here. Love to enjoy these pies !

2 years ago
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You will laugh at me, but I use to think mince pies have meat in it. But when I came to know that it does not, I tried it and enjoyed it . Love the way it has come out, looks like shop brought. So perfect.

Sujata Roy
2 years ago
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Fruit mince pie looks absolutely delicious. Loved your easy to follow and well explained recipe. Bookmarking the recipe to try soon.

2 years ago
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These look so cute and addictive. This has been on my to-do list for a long time. your pictures tempt me to try soon.

Preethicuisine Preethicuisine
2 years ago
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Fruit mince pies look incredible. Perfect traditional Christmas recipe. Love this versatile fruit filling . Would love to bake them soon. This will be hit at my place . Home made fruit mince sounds fabulous.

2 years ago
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the crusty shortbread encasing the fryuity pulpy filling is something to look forward to at Xmas. My entire memory of Xmas came from the annual Nilgiri Cake fest at bangalore if you call was a HUGE thing back then in the 90s.

Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth
2 years ago
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Wow! Those mince pies look totally amazing… Just so perfect! I love them with a cup of Americano. Have never tried making them at home, and would have really loved a parcel from you.. hehe…

7 months ago
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I know it’s only October but I could eat three of these right now!

7 months ago
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These are a must make every Christmas and so simple to make too.

7 months ago
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I make these every year for Christmas! So good!

Dina and Bruce
7 months ago
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A friend of ours needed a pick me up, so we made these for her. She grew up loving mince pies. She was so happy. Thank you

7 months ago

These bite sized pies are so festive and fun. My kids can’t get enough

7 months ago

These look delicious! My grandmother used to make Mince pies when I was a kid and I haven’t had them since!

Priya Srinivasan
5 months ago
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Those fruit mince pies look tempting seema , Love how cute it is, fitting the muffin pan, easy to make for a crowd and a grab and go dessert! And i bet the aroma while these are baking, must be scintillating!

5 months ago
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These Christmas fruit mince pies are looking so fancy and tempting. They make the perfect Christmas goodies. The fruit mince must be blissfully delicious. I also went through your post on the making of fruit mince. I will try to bake them this weekend .

Sarika Gunjal (Spice Zone)
5 months ago
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Seema these Fruit Mince Pies look so cute. Such a nice addition to Christmas bakes. I have never made these before n would love to try it.

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