Christmas Scones

Christmas scones – brandy scones with mincemeat and marzipan. A festive twist on a classic afternoon tea treat.

Christmas scones - brandy scones with mincemeat and marzipan. A festive twist on a classic afternoon tea treat.It’s Jon’s birthday in December and he usually likes to have a festive afternoon tea to celebrate. When I ask him what he wants to eat he always lists the traditional afternoon tea treats (scones, sandwiches and indulgent cakes) but then wants Christmas goodies such as mince pies and stollen too.  We either end up with a table groaning with food, or he doesn’t get everything he’s asked for, which just isn’t right on his birthday.

In an attempt to fulfil all of his birthday afternoon tea criteria without getting carried away, I decided to combine some of his favourite festive flavours into an afternoon tea classic – the scone.

Christmas scones - brandy scones with mincemeat and marzipan. A festive twist on a classic afternoon tea treat.

To make these scones all christmassy, I replaced some of the milk with brandy and mixed in some mincemeat and balls of marzipan. The marzipan melts during cooking and goes a bit gooey – really delicious if you eat them warm from the oven. However, the oozing marzipan can make them look a little uneven so if you like your scones neat and round, leave out the marzipan and add a slither in the middle of your scone when you’re eating instead.

Christmas scones - brandy scones with mincemeat and marzipan. A festive twist on a classic afternoon tea treat.

I’ve made a little video to show you just how easy these scones are to make at home…

Christmas Scones

Active time: 20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Makes 9 small or 6 medium scones

What you need

  • Large bowl
  • Weighing scales
  • Measuring spoons or teaspoon
  • Measuring jug
  • Round cutter – mine was 6cm diameter
  • Baking tray (+bake-o-glide sheet or similar – optional)
  • Cooling rack


  • 250g self-raising flour (+ a little extra for dusting)
  • 50g unsalted butter (+ extra for greasing)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 30g caster sugar
  • 100g mincemeat
  • 50g marzipan
  • 50ml brandy
  • 85ml full-fat milk (+ extra for brushing on top of your scones)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.
  2. Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter (or alternatively, I use a bake-o-glide sheet and greasing isn’t necessary).
  3. Put the self-raising flour (250g) into a large bowl. Cut the butter (50g) into cubes and add it to the flour.
  4. Gently rub the butter into the flour until it is the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  5. Cut the marzipan (50g) into small cubes.
  6. Add the caster sugar (30g), baking powder (½ tsp), salt (¼ tsp), marzipan, mincemeat (100g) to the flour and butter. Give it a quick stir to ensure that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  7. Make a well in the centre and add the full-fat milk (85ml) and brandy (50ml). I like to keep a tablespoon or two of milk back to add at the end to help collect up any stray bits of flour.
  8. With as little action as possible, mix the milk and brandy into the dry ingredients using your hands until the mixture has come together. If there’s any flour left at the bottom then add a touch more milk to help collect it up.
  9. Sprinkle a dusting of flour onto your work surface. Place the dough onto the floured surface and pat it flat, about 1½ inches thick (don’t use a rolling pin).
  10. Using a round cutter (I used a 6cm diameter cutter to make 9 small scones), press into the dough and carefully lift out the scone and place it onto your baking sheet. Cut as many scones as you can, ball up the remaining dough, pat flat and repeat cutting out more scones until all of your dough has been used.
  11. Brush a little milk onto the top of each scone.
  12. Place into the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes until they are cooked (I like to tap on the bottom to see if they sound hollow, as you would do with bread).
  13. Once cooked, remove them from the oven and place onto a wire rack to cool (or eat them while they’re still warm!).

Nutritional Information

Calories: 222 kcal (11%), Fat: 6.3g (9%), Saturated Fat: 3.4g (17%), Carbohydrates: 33.9g (13%), Sugar: 14.3g (16%), Fibre: 1.1g (4%), Protein: 3.5g (7%), Salt: 0.5g (8%)

Suitable for vegetarians.

This is the estimated nutritional information per small scone (assumes the recipes serves 9). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Christmas scones - brandy scones with mincemeat and marzipan. A festive twist on a classic afternoon tea treat.

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  1. have these been served with brandy butter and more mincemeat? It looks like that in the photo, but no mention in the recipe ?

    regardless I am going to give them a go !

  2. Oh wow love he look of these and making festive scones-genius! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  3. These look great!! I always get carried away at Christmas and love Christmassy food – will deffo give these a try. They might cure my craving for being home…I miss Britain!

    • I remember you filling Hurry The Food Up with christmassy recipes last year. Have you got more to share for this Christmas?

      Move back! It’s great here, really rainy and windy just like Britain should be.

      • Haha! Don’t worry, it’s rainy and windy here too 🙂

        Yep we’ll deffo have some more Christmas recipes coming along – just gotta perfect them first 😉

        Looking forward to more of yours…

  4. I bet these smell unreal. Fab idea Charlotte!
    Fionnuala from

    • They do, and they taste good too! 🙂

      • Does the brandy have any affect when eating them as I don’t drink and was wondering about my children if I made them would it be safe for them to eat because of the brandy in them?

        • It doesn’t as the quantities are very small per scone. However, if you’re unsure then you could leave it out, they’d still work just fine (you may need to add a little extra milk or water to get the mixture to the right consistency). I made them without when I was testing the recipe and we enjoyed them (we just enjoyed them a little bit more with it in which is why it’s in the final recipe). Personally I kept these well away from my kids when I made them, I doubt they’d have any effect on them at all but feeding them brandy filled treats didn’t feel like the right thing to do.

  5. I love the idea of Christmas scones, lovely

  6. What a brilliant idea! I love scones, but have never thought of making them Christmassy. I will have to give these a go! Eb x

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