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Mincemeat Shortbread Bars Recipe

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place the wire oven rack in the center of the oven.   Butter (or spray with a non stick cooking spray) a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) pan.  Set aside.

Shortbreads: In a separate bowl whisk the flour, semolina, and the salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth (about 1 minute).  Add the sugar and beat until smooth (about 2 minutes).  Beat in the vanilla extract.  Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. 

Evenly press two-thirds of the shortbread into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Then evenly spread the mincemeat over the shortbread base, leaving a 1/4 inch border.

With the remaining shortbread dough, using your fingers, crumble it over the top of the mincemeat.  Then lightly press the dough into the mincemeat. 

Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.  Remove from oven, place on a wire rack, and while still hot, cut into 16 squares.  Allow to cool completely in pan.

Makes about 16 bars.

 

Shortbreads:

2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons (20 grams) semolina or cornstarch (corn flour)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/3 cup (70 grams) light brown sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Filling:

14 ounces (400 grams)  (1 1/3 cup) good quality mincemeat (homemade or store bought)