Stop Food Waste Day: Shortbread Mincemeat Recipe

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Today is Stop Food Waste Day and I am working with Aldi to talk about how we can all reduce food waste. According to a National survey, the UK thrown away 9.7 billion tonnes of food last year which is an incredible amount. Think of how much money we could all save if we all used the food we bought rather than it ending up in the compost or landfill.

To help stop food waste I am working with Aldi to show how easy it is to bake something from ingredients I already have in my cupboard. I think during the current circumstances this is something we are doing more and more to ensure we’re only leaving the house for essentials during lockdown. You’ll be surprised what you can find hidden in there.

We actually have a big cupboard clear out last week and in the process I found two jars of mincemeat left over from Christmas that needed using up, as well as 1kg packet of flour, so that was a complete win. I thought this would be a great chance to be creative and see what I could make with them.

To do this, I have adapted a recipe for shortbread biscuits I found on Aldi’s website. Shortbread is really easy to make and adding the mincemeat gives it a different twist and is really delicious. If you don’t have mincemeat, you could try some chocolate of even jam in the middle.

Shortbread Mincemeat Recipe


  • 325g Plain flour
  • 225g Lightly salted butter
  • 110g Caster sugar
  • 350g Mincemeat
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • You might need a small splash of milk
  • 50g of granulated sugar to sprinkle on the top


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Prepare a square 20cm baking tin and grease it.
  3. Either in a food processor or by hand (I did it by hand), mix the flour, sugar, butter and vanilla essence together until you have smooth dough. If you find the mixture is a little dry you can add a small amount of milk.
  4. Cut the dough in half and roll it into a square shape and place it into the bottom of the baking tin.
  5. Spread the mincemeat on top of the dough, leaving 1cm border around the edges, like the picture below.
  1. Roll out the second half of the dough and place it on top of the mincemeat.
  2. Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins until lightly golden brown.
  3. Dust the top with a small amount of granulated sugar.
  4. Leave until cool and then cut into squares and remove from tin.

So there you have it something really delicious from something I found in the cupboard and there’s a good chance it would have stayed there until I maybe threw it out. Have you got some food hidden in your cupboards you can be creative with? Or even if you have some veg looking a bit tired at the bottom of your fridge, make it into a soup and freeze it for later. Before you throw food out, think, is there a way you can use and make something new and delicious?

Shortbread Mincemeat Recipe. Have some mincemeat leftover from Christmas or in the back of the cupboards here is a lovely and really easy shortbread recipe with a mincemeat centre.

7 thoughts on “Stop Food Waste Day: Shortbread Mincemeat Recipe”

  1. It’s so important to reduce food waste where we can, especially as it’s so expensive right now. We’ve been meal planning which has helped and we’re making sure we look at what we have in before we buy anything else in.

    Great recipe, I’d have never thought to use mincemeat in shortbread!

  2. This is making my mouth water! Sadly we don’t have any mincemeat in the house, but i can see that it’s a good way to use up leftovers. I think I’ll follow your suggestion and use jam, as we do have tons of that!

  3. We use a local community fridge to help reduce food waste and to stop it going to a landfill.

  4. It is so important to cut down on food waste. I make sure I have a precise shopping list put together from my meal plan so I don’t buy anything that might potentially get wasted. I wish I had some mince meat left to make this – looks yum!!

  5. I made this a few weeks ago and it’s so yummy. Today I have made it again but instead of mincemeat I used a jar of supermarket apple sauce not tried it yet as it’s still cooling, not sure how long I can wait though.


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