Quick No-Suet Mincemeat - Macaron Filling

  • Winter
  • Gluten free
  • Vegetarian

Quick vegetarian no-suet mincemeat recipe with short mature time compared with traditional mincemeat. It also makes a fabulous filling for macarons!

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Mincemeat macaron

What Is Traditional Stir-Up Sunday?

The other day on Instagram I was given the prompt, #StirupSunday. It was on 20 November, the last Sunday before Advent – traditionally the day that good British home cooks get stirring the Christmas pudding and top it up with more Brandy.

But where was my mincemeat? I didn’t have time to make it then – and so I had little time left in December to make a batch.

quick no-suet Mincemeat recipe

quick no-suet mincemeat recipe

No-Suet Vegetarian Mincemeat Recipe

So here’s the answer to last-minute mincemeat: make this no-suet vegetarian version! It requires much less time to mature – just a few days.

It’s great for filling traditional Christmas mince pies – and try out these deliciously quick and easy Mincemeat Pinwheels.

Mincemeat Pinwheels

Mincemeat Macarons (Gluten-Free)

My girls are absolutely nuts about mincemeat and mince pies, but I don’t like heavy pies, so I made a batch of dark coloured macarons (adding cinnamon in the shells) and filled them with this vegetarian mincemeat. Bonjour mincemeat macarons!

Make a batch of these mincemeat macarons, close your eyes and the taste is just like a mince pie without the pastry. It’s also like a light gluten free Christmas pudding! It’s festive, it’s fruity and spiced.

When you follow the mincemeat macaron filling recipe below, I make 2 versions: I either blitz the filling (making it easy to pipe out in a piping bag) or just spoon it on (like in the photo).

As this uses butter instead of suet, this is suitable for vegetarians and, like all macarons in my books, are gluten free.

Mincemeat macaron

Quick No-Suet Mincemeat - Macaron Filling

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course : Condiments, confiserie
Cuisine : British
Keyword : no-suet mincemeat spirals, Vegetarian mincemeat recipe, mincemeat macaron filling
Servings : 4 jam jars


An easy, quick no-suet mincemeat recipe, ideal for vegetarians and doesn't need much time to mature compared with traditional mincemeat. It also makes a fabulous filling for macarons!


  • 275 g (10oz) Apples (about 2-3) peeled, cored and grated (I used Granny Smith)
  • 200 g (7oz) Golden sultanas
  • 200 g (7oz) Cranberries
  • 100 g (3.5oz) Raisins
  • 100 g (3.5oz) Currants
  • 100 g (3.5oz) Dates chopped
  • 50 g (2oz) Slivered almonds broken
  • 100 g (3.5oz) candied orange peel
  • 25 g (1oz) pecan nuts (or walnuts) chopped finely
  • 200 g (7oz) soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice pain d'épices
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 orange (grated zest and juice)
  • 100 g (3.5oz) butter unsalted
  • 10 tbsp Cognac Brandy, apple or orange juice


  • Throw all the ingredients and 8 tbsp of the Brandy (or apple juice) in a heavy-based pot with a lid and cook on a low-medium heat for about an hour.
  • Allow to cool, stir in another 2 tbsp of Brandy, then fill sterilised jars with the mixture
  • For filling macarons, blitz the mixture in a food processor (or hand blender) until a smooth paste.
    Leave to cool then fill your macaron shells with the mincemeat paste and sandwich them together. Leave to mature in a container in the fridge for 24 hours, to let the macaron magic do its work.


Once cooled and in jars, the butter will appear but that’s normal. When used in mince pies or other dessert recipes, this will disappear.
Jill Colonna

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Reviews (5)

[…] and spices but I have to admit that I prefer it without the suet. So, after making this delicious vegetarian (no-suet) mincemeat with added apple the other day, I was itching to make something with […]

Now I really like this macaron filling for Christmas day. I am quite excited to make them for gifts as I’ve found gift bags shaped like a gingerbread house. We have been invited for a buffet on Boxing Day too so I think these macarons will go down very well. Thank you for the idea Jill.

They sound fun Christmas bags and so great that you’ll be giving them as gifts! Please share them with us on Facebook, June, if you can… 🙂

I like the sound of this and beautiful in a macaron, Jill. A spoonful on rice pudding would also be great.

What a brilliant idea, Jean-Pierre. Thank you!
Rice pudding with warmed mincemeat sounds gorgeous.

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