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Butter Tarts printable recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.

Butter Tarts Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Butter Tarts 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Canadian


Butter Tarts are an old Canadian favorite dessert. They taste a bit like a Pecan Pie, just not as sweet. You can follow our complete, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to make them. They’re very easy to make if you use a pre-made tart shell and they bake up quickly.



1/2 cup lightly packed Brown Sugar
1/2 cup golden Corn Syrup
1/4 cup melted salted BUTTER (no margarine!)
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp. Salt
3/4 cup Raisins, golden or dark
12 premade Tart Shells, thawed


!Preheat oven to 425F degrees.
Place the brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Add the corn syrup.
Add the melted butter.
Add egg.
Add vanilla extract
Add salt.
Mix well to combine.
Place tart shells, in foil, on a baking sheet with sides.
Divide raisins equally into the thawed tart shells.
Fill tart shells about 2/3 full with the syrup mixture.
Bake on rack, just below center of oven, for 12-15 minutes, or just until set.
Do Not Over Bake. Tarts should be gooey and a bit runny when done.
Place on wire rack and let cool.


We’re adding raisins, but you could add pecans or walnuts as well. Experiment with it and make the recipe your own. Enjoy!

Keywords: Butter Tarts, classic butter tarts, Canadian Butter Tarts, old fashioned butter tarts