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Soft Mincemeat Cookies

WE CALL these "Santa's cookies" because they're what we put out for Santa instead of the usual decorated Christmas cutouts. These cookies remain a traditional part of my holiday baking. Besides a plate for Santa, they fill gift plates for family and friends. I'm often told they're the first to disappear. -Evelyn Wadey, Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup mincemeat
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and mincemeat. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts if desired.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 cookies: 140 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • GlutenFreeSherry
    Nov 28, 2019

    As is , I give this recipe only 2 stars as the batter is too thin even for a spread cookie and using a name brand mincemeat the additional spices the recipe calls for were overpowering. To make a cookie that the family loved the flavor and consistency, I skipped the addition spices as the brand mincemeat I used was quite strongly spiced and then I added more flour to the mix, 1/4 cup at a time and did 1 test cookie before making the entire pan. With the mincemeat I used I needed 1/2 cup flour added to create a cookie that did have some spread but not run. Since mincemeat moisture and spice differ you have to play with this recipe a bit to get it right but then the flavor is amazing. I topped mine with cream cheese frosting and chopped nut bits.

  • Lorlu
    Nov 2, 2012

    I had to add a 1/4 cup more flour, but that may be due to the moisture in the air. Very taste, a definately for our holiday cookies. Thank you for posting it, my mom has been looking for mincemeat cookie.

  • ramsaych6
    Dec 22, 2011

    If I make it again, I'll only use about 1/2 cup of choc chips. I like mincemeat, but the chocolate covers up the taste of the mincemeat. I was disappointed in the outcome.

  • Rijkbaker
    Dec 13, 2009

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