If you’ve never heard of butter tarts before, you’re missing out. These perfectly flaky treats are sure to be a new favorite in your household.

What are Canadian butter tarts?

Butter tarts are a kind of pastry that normally includes a filling of butter, eggs, syrup and sugar. This filling is then baked in a flaky and delicious pastry shell. Butter tarts are particularly popular in Canada and are commonly eaten during holidays.

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Canadian Butter Tart Recipe

This tart recipe from Jen Smallwood of Portsmouth, Virginia makes 24 servings.



2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup shortening1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten2 tablespoons ice water1 tablespoon white vinegar


1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten1/2 cup brown sugar1/4 cup light corn syrup1 tablespoon butter, melted1 teaspoon vanilla extract1-1/4 cups raisins, chopped pecans or chopped walnuts


Step 1: Line the muffin pan

Preheat oven to 425F. Line 24 muffin cups with foil liners. Make sure not to use paper-lined foil liners.

Step 2: Combine dry ingredients

In a large bowl, mix together flour and salt.

Step 3: Cut the butter

Cut your butter with a pastry blender, knife or your hands. Cut until butter is crumbly like oatmeal.

Step 4: Combine wet ingredients

In another bowl, whisk the egg, ice water and vinegar. Gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed.

Step 5: Shape the dough

Shape dough into large discs. Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 6: Roll and cut out your dough

With a rolling pin, roll the dough on a flour covered surface like your countertop or a cutting board to a 1/4-inch-thick circle. Cut 24 circles with a floured 3-inch round cookie cutter, rerolling dough as needed. Gently press crust circles onto bottoms and up sides of foil liners.

Step 7: Make the filling

In a small bowl, mix the egg, brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter and vanilla until blended; stir in raisins.

Step 8: Fill the unbaked shells

Spoon in your batter, dividing it evenly.

Step 9: Bake

Place in oven on a lower rack until the tart crusts are golden brown and the filling bubbles up (approximately 10 to 12 minutes). Then, let pans cool on a wire rack.

Tips for Making Butter Tarts

How do I store butter tarts?

You can store your delicious tarts in an airtight glass or plastic container. Stick it in the fridge and it should last up to a week.

Why are my butter tarts soggy?

If your butter tarts unfortunately turn out too soggy, it’s likely your filling was too watered down or your pastry was rolled too thin. Next time, make sure your pastry is only rolled out to a 1/4-inch-thickness. It may take a couple tries to perfect your butter tart, and that’s totally OK!

What is the difference between a butter tart and a pecan pie?

While these desserts are similar, there are a few key differences between the two. First, pecans are the star of pecan pie but are optional in butter tarts. Second, a butter tart has a runnier filling than the firmer pecan pie filling. And finally, butter tarts are popular in Canada while pecan pie is a southern classic in the United States.

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