Butter Tart Recipe

butter tart recipe
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  • Yield : 18 tarts
  • Servings : 18
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 20m

Nutritional Info

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A good butter tart recipe is a must have for every Canadian cook. These sweet treats are enjoyed around the world as well.

That gooey, sweet filling and tart shell crust are a perfect combination.


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 18 unbaked tart shells


Step 1

Preheat oven to 450ºF.

Step 2

In heavy saucepan, combine the raisins, butter, sugar, syrup and salt. Heat on a warm stove at low heat until butter is melted and the mixture is warm. Remove from heat and add vanilla and eggs. Spoon the filling into the tart shells.

Step 3

Note: Do not fill the tart shells to the top with the filling or they will spill over while baking. 2/3 full should be fine.

Step 4

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350ºF and bake for 5 minutes or longer until pastry is golden. Do not let the pastry filling bubble. Let butter tarts cool completely before removing from the tart tin.


  • Replace the raisins with an equal amount of pecan halves for a pecan butter tart recipe. It is best to use the halves rather than pecan pieces because they will float to the top and the halves look much nicer than chopped pieces.
  • Omit the raisins and pecans entirely for a plain butter tart.

My favorite recipes for butter tart filling calls for the addition of raisins, so that is what I have given you here.

You can easily turn this into a walnut butter tart or pecan tart by replacing the raisins with an equal amount of nuts, or even leave them plain.

If you use pecans, they will tend to float to the top of the tarts while they bake and look beautiful.

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