Gingerbread Man Mince Pies

I'm surrounded by mince pies all season long, but I've never had more than a nibble. 

I generally don't like them but I thought I might enjoy them more if they were baked in cute shapes! 

This idea works for all kinds of pie - I made some apple along with the mince. And you don't have to stick with man-shaped; you can go for hearts, stars or whatever your weird heart desires. 

Gingerbread Man Mince Pies Supplies

Rolling pin
Cookie cutters
Piping bag
Small circular piping bag tip

Gingerbread Man Pie Crust Recipe

Your favourite sweet pie crust (this is my favourite)

1½ cups mince filling, apple filling, cherry filling or whatever you fancy

1 egg, beaten

1 cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon milk

Gingerbread Man Mince Pie Instructions

1. Make pie duough according to instructions

2. While it chills, make your pie filling and preheat the oven according to pie crust recipe instructions

3. When the dough is chilled, sprinkle some flour onto your kitchen counter and roll dough out to about half a centimetre thickness

4. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes, doing at least two of each shape (for top and bottom of pie)

5. Lay your cut out shapes side by side on a baking tray lined with parchment paper

6. Spoon about a tablespoon of filling onto one of the shapes

7. Use your finger or a brush to smear a bit of the beaten egg around the edges of the shape

8. Place a matching shape on top and use a fork to seal the edges

9. Repeat with all dough shapes

10. Bake for about half the time the pie dough recipe specifies (these are smaller than normal pies) or until golden

11. When pies have cooled, mix together icing sugar and milk and spoon into the piping bag fitted with the small circular tip

12. Pipe faces, buttons and other decorations onto the pies

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