Mincemeat Crumble Squares

You know it’s December when you find yourself eating shortbread for breakfast. This can’t last.

We had our Upscale Bake Sale today as part of the CBC/Suncor Food Bank Drive, so it’s safe to say my baking frenzy has already begun – I’ve pulled out those recipes that only come out once a year, and am pondering what will keep and travel well, and what’s easy to make in large batches.

I’m a mincemeat fan, and while there’s nothing wrong with making pastry to roll and fill and top and bake, it can be a bit much when you’re charged with making 11 dozen of the things. So if you’re going for ease and large batches, these crumbly squares are a streamlined alternative. Also? They’re completely fantastic – date squares without the sticky date filling, but a slightly tarter, more complex mincemeat instead. I like these even better than traditional date squares. I do.

That’s not chocolate milk in the photo, by the way, it’s my coffee – I like drinking it out of thick glass, which holds onto the heat. If you don’t want to serve these like cookies, with coffee or milk, they double as dessert – you can call it a thick mince crumble and serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’d choose this over pumpkin pie any day.

Here’s a Christmas song to listen to while you bake and eat.

Mincemeat Crumble Squares

1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups all-fruit mincemeat

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a bowl or the bowl of a food processor, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and pulse or mix until well blended and crumbly; press half into the bottom of an 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ pan.

Spread the mincemeat over the base, then scatter the remaining crumbs over top, squeezing them a bit as you go to create larger clumps. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden around the edges. Cool completely before cutting. Makes 16 squares.

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December 05 2012 06:49 pm | cookies & squares

8 Responses to “Mincemeat Crumble Squares”

  1. Erica B. on 05 Dec 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Excellent idea! Sorry I missed the bake sale-I hope it was a fantastic success :)

    Love The Pogues–I think I had their stuff on *gasp* tape.

  2. Laura on 05 Dec 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Julie, I LOVE Mincemeat, maybe this way I won’t be the only one eating it. I will try this with gluten free flour. And the pogues ! One of my all time faves ! Thanks!

  3. Mincemeat Crumble SquaresGo Cook This! on 06 Dec 2012 at 6:15 am #

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  4. MJG on 06 Dec 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Used spelt flour instead of white, and decreased sugar by half bc I knew my green tomato mincemeat filling was sweet. Wonderful!

  5. CanadyAnna on 06 Dec 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Another good place to sneak in some mincemeat (green tomato or otherwise!) is to make MonkeyBread and mix it in among the balls as you fill the pan…mincemeat pull-aparts!

  6. Catwoman 62 on 06 Dec 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    I have been making these for years…love the spicey addition to a plate of sweets!

  7. Mia on 09 Dec 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I too am eating shortbread for breakfast! heaven! I also ate another on my way up to bed last night. The day seemed incomplete otherwise.

  8. Laura on 09 Dec 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    LOVE these! Of course you could put anything in the middle and I would love these. 😉

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