Mincemeat Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.


9 dozen

Updated: Aug. 09, 2023
You can taste the spirit of Christmases past in these chewy old-fashioned cookies with their sweet caramel frosting. One batch makes 9 dozen cookies that freeze well for the holidays! —Betty Jorsvick, Olds, Alberta
Mincemeat Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3-1/4 cups prepared mincemeat
  • 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 9 dozen pecan halves


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add mincemeat; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  2. For frosting, combine brown sugar and butter in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil, stirring twice, for 6-8 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add confectioners' sugar, cream and extract; beat until smooth. Frost cookies; top each with a pecan half.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 102 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.