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Mincemeat Bars

Mincemeat Bars

Who says mincemeat is only for December holidays?

Mincemeat bars a family favorite. In truth, I think they are generally an acquired taste. The flavors are just a bit different from other bar cookies. I love them cold, preferably after they’ve sat for about five minutes after being in the freezer. The flavors are intensified with the cold.

So I chose the song “Someday You’ll Be Sorry” performed by Louis Armstrong to go with mincemeat bars. Because really, you’ll be sorry that you didn’t try these unique cookies!

Mincemeat Bars


    Oatmeal Crumble
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • Filling
  • 2½ cups (27-oz jar) mincemeat pie filling
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In large mixing bowl stir together flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda.
  2. Press butter into ingredients with your fingers until crumbly.
  3. Set aside 2½ cups of oatmeal crumble mixture.
  4. Press remaining oat mixture into an ungreased 13” X 9” baking pan.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  6. In a medium bowl, put prepared mincemeat, spices, orange zest, orange juice concentrate, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  7. Scoop dollops on the hot baked crust then connect the dollops to spread the mincemeat to the edges of the pan.
  8. Sprinkle the reserved 4 cups oatmeal crumble mixture over the mincemeat.
  9. With the back of a spoon, gently spread and pat oatmeal mixture into the mincemeat.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes or until top is golden.
  11. Cool before cutting into bars.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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