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Tart shell ingredients
2 2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Chilled & Cubed Butter
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Cup Chilled Water
butter filling ingredients
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
2 Beaten Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/8 Tsp Salt
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Mom’s Old Fashioned Butter Tarts

Posted By Chef Rodney on January 13th, 2018 under Tartlets

I can’t be on the cheeseburger diet all the time.

— Bobby Flay
  • 60 min
  • Serves 16
  • Medium
  • (1 votes, avg. 5 out of 5)


  • Tart shell ingredients

  • butter filling ingredients

Growing up, butter tarts were a family favorite. You used to be able to find them at almost every local grocery store. Now given that these tarts are basically pure butter and sugar, I’m not surprised you can’t find them anymore in grocery stores. Good thing my mom still had her recipe handy so we can make treats at home!

Many have asked me what they taste like. Well it’s kind of hard to describe. I guess I would say a sugary, sweet type tart. I can personally tell you that it will be impossible for your to eat just one!


If you want to experiment a bit and love raisins, add a handful of raisins after step 7 below.


How to Make this Recipe


Make the tarts

In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, salt and sugar together.


Using pastry blender cut butter into flour mix until resembles course meal. Add cold water a bit at a time until dough just starts to hold together.

30 min

Press dough together and shape into disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Roll our tart dough and cut 4-inch circles. Press dough in greased muffin cups trying not to stretch the dough too much.


Make the filling

Preheat oven to 400°F


In a large bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir until butter is creamed and sugar is dissolved.


Add eggs, vanilla and salt. Mix well.


Fill tart shells with filling. Each tart should hold about 1 Tablespoon of filling, Be careful not to overfill!


Bake for 15-20 minutes. Filling should be lightly browned and still bubbling.


Let tarts cool in pan for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


Reviews for this Recipe

Average Rating:
Total Reviews: 1

These butter tarts can be made the size of your muffin cups or can be made using mini muffin tins. The mini one is the one I have used. They are bite size and just the thing for your sweet tooth. I love making them as they freeze well and can be made before the holidays when everyone is so busy, and will be on hand for when company comes, I have also added raisins for that extra touch. A family favourite anytime especially my family.

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