These Mince Pie Flapjacks are the perfect festive treat. Packed full of all the flavours you associate with Christmas, you’ll be adding these treats to your festive baking regime in no time.
I love these Mince Pie Flapjacks, I make them every year in the bakery and they go down an absolute storm. People just can’t seem to get enough, and who can blame them?
This recipe is a take on my usual flapjack recipe, I told you it was interchangeable! I swapped the light brown sugar out for a dark brown to intensify that warming, caramel flavour and of course, I added a whole jar of sweet mincemeat to the middle. My word are they tasty.
What is sweet mincemeat?
I think a lot of Americans are quite confused when we Brits talk about sweet mincemeat, it actually has nothing to do with meat any more and everything to do with being bloody delicious. In all seriousness, the word mince in this context is derived from a Middle English word Mincen, which means to mince or chop finely and while recipes from the 15th, 16th and 17th century did in fact contain mutton or beef, todays mincemeat simply contains chopped dried fruits, distilled spirits, spices and suet and is a staple of British Christmas festivities.
Why you’re going to love these Mince Pie Flapjacks
- They’re packed full of Christmassy flavours.
- So easy to make, you can whip them up at a moments notice.
- Leave them out for Santa, makes a change from the usual mince pies and cookies.
- Simple enough to get the kids involved.
- They make perfect gifts.
What you’re going to need:
- Unsalted Butter – You’re melting the butter so fridge cold is fine for this recipe.
- Dark Brown Sugar – I prefer to use dark brown sugar as it gives a deeper caramel flavour to the flapjacks. You can use light brown in place if you prefer.
- Golden Syrup – A thick golden sugar syrup widely available in the UK. A good substitution would be Brown Rice Syrup or Light Corn Syrup. You can also use Honey but the flavour will be different.
- Porridge Oats – I use rolled oats or old fashioned in my baking as I like the texture. I’ve never tried this with any other variety so stick with the recipe here 🙂
- Sweet Mincemeat – The best quality you can afford.
- Lebkuchen Stars – You can get these in a variety of shapes in most UK supermarkets. Leave them off if you can’t find them.
Tips for making Mince Pie Flapjacks:
- Can these be made Gluten Free? – Of course, just use a gluten free variety of porridge oats.
- Can I use honey in place of Golden Syrup? – You can, but the flavour will be different. They’ll still be just as delicious though.
- Can I use margarine or baking spread to make these flapjacks? – Yes you can but they will be lightly softer. I do recommend using butter but spread can be used in a pinch.
- Can I make these Vegan? – I’ve never tried but you can sub out the butter for equal amounts of coconut oil and use a vegan mince meat.
- What if I can’t find lebkuchen stars? – You can just leave the flapjacks plain or drizzle some chocolate over the top. You could even press chopped mince pies into the top instead.
- 250g unsalted butter
- 300g dark brown sugar
- 150g golden syrup
- 600g rolled oats
- 411g jar of sweet mincemeat
- Lebkuchen stars to decorate
- Preheat oven to 175C and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment
- In a medium saucepan set over a medium heat combine the butter, sugar and syrup. Stir together until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
- Add the oats to a large mixing bowl and pour over the butter and sugar mixture. Stir together until everything is evenly combined.
- Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking pan and press into an even layer. Drop spoonfuls of sweet mincemeat evenly over the oat layer and spread out evenly leaving a small border around the edge of the flapjack.
- Add the remaining oat mixture over the mincemeat layer and level it off gently so not to upset the nice globs of jammy goodness.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden in colour. While still warm press 9 lebkuchen stars onto the top of the flapjack.
- Allow to cool completely before removing the flapjacks from the pan and slicing.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Brownies and Bars
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: British