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Butter tarts on a white plate and baking rack.

How To Make Butter Tarts

This old fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth butter tart pastry is a combination of flaky, buttery crust and firm, saccharine filling.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 butter tarts
Calories 337kcal
Author Joss D


  • Muffin pan
  • Baking rack
  • Rolling pin
  • round cookie cutter



  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • cup raisins


  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar


  • Mix brown sugar, melted butter, egg, maple syrup, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar thoroughly. Reserve.
    Butter tart mixture being mix in a bowl with a whisk, white background.
  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Add the butter and mix with a wooden spoon until partially blended. Add water, egg yolk and vinegar and continue combining with the wooden spoon. Once it’s easy to manipulate, place over a floured surface, sprinkle with a bit of flour and knead until soft and smooth.
    Floured surface with a ball of dough and rolling pin.
  • Use a rolling pin to spread the dough out. Cut out 9 circles with a 4” round cutter.
    Floured surface with rolled out dough, a hand cutting circles out of the dough.
  • Oil a muffin tray, and place the dough discs inside. They should be placed at the bottom and slightly up the edges.
    Dough discs in a muffin tray.
  • Place a few raisins in each tart.
    Dough discs in a muffin tray, a hand adding raisins.
  • Pour the brown sugar mixture over the raisins into each tart, leaving some room at the top of the pastry.
    Butter tart mixture being poured into pastry in muffin tins.
  • Bake for around 15 minutes - or until filling is set. Let them cool before removing from muffin tin.
    Baked butter tarts in a muffin tin.
  • Serve and enjoy!
    Butter tarts on a white plate and baking rack.


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg