Mince Pie and Brandy Cheesecake

November 28, 2018 6 Comments
Mince Pie and Brandy Cheesecake


Nothing quite sums up the taste of Christmas than a mince pie with brandy cream! As I’m not a huge lover of pastry, I decided to set about trying to make a cheesecake as a twist on the classic mince pie. I came up with this Mince Pie and Brandy Cheesecake that incorporated all these festive flavours in a delicious dessert perfect for the upcoming holiday season.

I actually had the idea to turn the classic  mince pie into a cheesecake last year, but just never got round to it.  So when I was asked to be part of Wren’s Christmas Kitchen Campaign to post a recipe of a twist on a Christmas classic, I jumped at the chance.

If i’m honest it took several attempts to get this recipe right.  Too much brandy, not enough brandy, consistency issues to name but a few problems but I got there in the end and I am pretty pleased with the result. A delicious biscuit base, lovely Christmasy mincemeat and a rich creamy brandy flavoured filling.


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Mince Pie and Brandy Cheesecake


This is a no bake recipe and doesn’t take too long to prepare, but it does need plenty of chilling time. Ideally I would prepare it the night before you want to serve it and chill overnight.


  • 300g biscuits (I used oaty biscuits, but you can use digestives)
  • 80g butter
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 411g jar mincemeat
  • 4 tbsp Brandy
  • 2 tbsp Irish cream liquor
  • 2 tsp gelatin
  • 60mls hot water

How You Make a Mince Pie and Brandy Cheesecake

  1. For the base, crush the biscuits into fine crumbs.  This can be done in a food processor or similar gadget. You can do it the old fashioned way like I remember doing it as a kid by putting the biscuits in a sealed plastic bag and bashing it with a rolling pin.
    Crush the biscuits to biscuit crumbs


  2. Melt the butter.  I did this by warming on the hob in a small saucepan over a very low heat- be careful not to burn the butter as it will affect the taste.
  3. Pour the butter into the biscuit crumbs and mix well to combine.
    Add the melted butter and combine well


  4. Transfer to a prepared cake tin pushing down the mixture with a wooden spoon, and then finally your fingers to create a firm biscuit base.
  5. Refrigerate for about an hour.
    Create your biscuit base by pushing firmly into the bottom of a greased cake tin


  6. Add cream cheese to a mixer bowl (you could also use a hand held mixer) and mix on a low speed until nice and soft.
  7. Slowly add the icing sugar and  mix on a low speed until it is all incorporated and the mixture is nice and smooth (a splash guard on your mixer is very useful at this stage).
  8. Mix the alcohol and hot water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Mix well until all the gelatin is dissolved.  If it is still quite grainy then warm the bowl gently over a pan of hot water, stirring continuously until it is nice and smooth.
    Stir well to dissolve the gelatin, and if necessary warm gently


  9. Allow to cool a little and add the liquid to the cream cheese mix and mix on a low speed until smooth and creamy.
    Add the liquid to the cream cheese mixture, and mix well until smooth and creamy


  10. Now it’s time to construct your cheesecake.  Remove the biscuit base from the fridge and add a layer of mincemeat.  I found that a 411g jar was about  the perfect amount for our 8 1/2 inch cheesecake, but you can add more or less depending on your taste.  If you are really daring you can try making your own mincemeat!
  11. Then add your cream cheese filling smoothing it out as evenly as possible. Refrigerate to set for at least 4 hours or overnight.
    Pour the cream cheese mixture onto the mincmeat


  12. When set use a flat knife around the edge of the cheesecake before removing.  I found using a cake tin with a loose base and a clasp made removal easy.
  13. I decorated my cheesecake with a simple sprig of holly and a light dusting of icing sugar.
  14. Done! Time to enjoy a slice!



This Mince Pie and Brandy Cheesecake recipe will feature in the Wren’s Christmas Kitchen Calendar which you can see here, along with lots of other lovely recipes to try which are all twists on Christmas classics.

And if you need even more inspiration for some Christmas recipes, then check out and follow our Pinterest board.



I would love to hear what you think of the recipe, and please let me know if you give it a go!

Kerry x

NB. I am a home cook, and have had no formal training in preparing food. So these are just recipes that I use at home for the family. Whilst I have taken time to try and be as accurate as possible, some of the quantities are approximate.  I am always keen to learn, so if you think the recipe can be improved upon please take the time to comment below.




  • mainy - myrealfairy December 15, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Brandy and cheesecake…result!! This is now on my to do list!



  • The Speed Bump December 16, 2016 at 10:36 am

    That sounds so festive and yummy! Definitely going on my list of recipes to try! #KCACOLS

  • Maria December 16, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I love cheesecake AND mince pies so this is just the perfect combo for me! It looks very festive with the holly on it too!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday x

  • Kirsty - Winnettes December 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Oh My Goodness! Yes, yes, yes! This looks amazing!

  • Madeline (This Glorious Life) December 16, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    This looks really good, if only I liked mince pies! My husband would absolutely love it though, he’s a big fan of both mince pies and cheesecake! x#KCACOLS

  • mummy here and here December 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    This sounds a luxuriously delicious X #kcacols

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