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Butter Tarts

December 7, 2011

Butter Tarts are one of my favourite holiday treats.  They’re not a holiday dessert but I’ve always associated them with Christmas because that’s when my Gramma and my Mom would most often make them. 

Butter Tarts are a Canadian thing, so if you haven’t heard of them before that could be why 🙂  Everyone has their own favorite version and I love to add golden raisins to the tart shells before adding the filling.  Yum! 

When these bake up the filling gets a bit of a puffy sticky crust on the top and the filling stays oozy and a little bit messy!  I do prefer these with a home-made pastry crust but a store-bought tart shell will do just as well.

Butter Tarts makes 12 tarts

  • 12 tart shells (home-made or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup (I use golden corn syrup)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Divide raisins amongst the tart shells

Mix all of the other filling ingredients together until smooth.

Fill tart shells about 2/3 of the way full

bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops develops a deep golden brown crust.

Cool slightly before serving or store at room temperature until ready to serve.


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