Nothing quite beats a mince pie at Christmas time! And cooking mince pies in an air fryer is really easy, with delicious results. It’s the perfect air fryer Christmas recipe.
🛒 What You Need
- 400g (approx) shortcrust pastry (premade or homemade; see below)
- 1 jar of mincemeat (premade or homemade; see below)
- Milk to brush pastry
- Icing sugar for dusting
- Suitable baking tins that will fit your air fryer
These ingredients were enough to make 12 mince pies with star toppings (see below).
Pastry For Mince Pies
You can either use premade shop-bought pastry or make some at home. Making it at home is quick enough and uses simple ingredients:
- 200g plain flour
- 125g cold butter, cubed
- 50g caster sugar
For instructions on how to make homemade pastry, follow the steps further down.
Mincemeat For Mince Pies
I mainly use jars of supermarket mincemeat, but I have made my own from scratch in the past. It’s easy enough to do, but you need quite a few ingredients. Check my mincemeat recipe here for details.
Tins For Air Fryer Mince Pies
It’s unlikely you will have an air fryer that is large enough to fit a typical baking tin unless you have an air fryer oven rather than a basket style air fryer.
I used these tins I bought from Amazon; they worked well and can be used for other air fryer recipes. They are reusable and can be stored away easily.
👩🍳 How To Prepare Mince Pies For The Air Fryer
The process for preparing mince pies for the air fryer is the same as for oven-cooked mince pies.
If you are making pastry from scratch, follow these steps. If you are using a premade pastry from the supermarket, skip to step 2.
Add the cold butter cubes to the flour, and mix it with your hands to form a breadcrumb-like texture.
Add the sugar and mix it in.
Add 1 tbsp of cold water and mix it in until a dough like consistency has formed. If necessary, add in a little more water, but not too much at a time. Be careful not to over knead the dough.
Transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface.
Roll out the pastry to a thickness of about 3mm, and using cutters, cut out some circle bases and some star toppers.
Transfer the bases to the mince pie tins. You may need to grease yours with a little butter. I didn’t need to with the ones I used (see above) as they are non-stick.
Fill the pastry bases with mincemeat.
Then, place a pastry star on the top of each one, gently pressing the corners of each star into the base rim.
Brush each mince pie with a little bit of milk, this will help the pastry to turn a lovely golden brown.
Transfer the prepared mince pies to the air fryer basket. I managed to fit 9 into the Cosori air fryer; you may be able to cook more or less at once.
Set the air fryer off at 180°C for 10 to 12 minutes until they are golden brown and the mincemeat is steaming hot.
Leave the mince pies to cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then optionally sprinkle with icing sugar.
I hope you enjoy this air fryer mince pie recipe; let me know in the comments if you end up making it!
Storing Mince Pies
Once cooled, store mince pies in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
🧾 More Air Fryer Christmas Recipes
The air fryer is perfect for cooking some of your favourite Christmas recipes; try some of these for inspiration:
- Air Fryer Pigs in Blankets
- Air Fryer Turkey Crown
- Air Fryer Roast Potatoes
- Air Fryer Roast Parsnips
- Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts and Bacon
- Air Fryer Gammon Joint