Tested till perfect Best Butter Tarts
Best Butter Tarts
Photography by Matthew Kimura

Best Butter Tarts

Whether runny or firm, with raisins or nuts, butter tarts are treats that never go out of style. Because any sugar filling that overflows the pastry hardens quickly and sticks to the pan, be sure to remove the tarts as directed. Or count on family members to hang around the kitchen waiting to eat the tarts that stick and break.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Everyday Favourites Cookbook, 2005

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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  • Portion size 12 tarts


  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2cupsall-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupcold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cuplard or butter, cubed
  • 1 1egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1 tsp 1tspvinegar
  • Ice water


  • 1/2 cup 1/2cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupcorn syrup
  • 1 1eggeggs
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbutter, softened
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
  • 1 tsp 1tspvinegar
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupcurrants or raisins or chopped pecans or shredded coconut
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In large bowl, whisk flour with salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. 

In liquid measure, whisk egg yolk with vinegar; add enough ice water to make 1/3 cup (75 mL). Sprinkle over flour mixture, stirring briskly with fork until pastry holds together. Press into disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

In bowl, whisk together brown sugar, corn syrup, egg, butter, vanilla, vinegar and salt until blended; set aside.

On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cookie cutter (or empty 28 oz/796 mL can), cut out 12 circles, rerolling scraps once if necessary. Fit into 2-3/4- x 1-1/4-inch (7 x 3 cm) muffin cups. Divide currants among shells. Spoon in filling until three-quarters full.

Bake in bottom third of 450 F (230 C) oven until filling is puffed and bubbly and pastry is golden, about 12 minutes. Let stand on rack for 1 minute. Run metal spatula around tarts to loosen; carefully slide spatula under tarts and transfer to rack to let cool.

Additional information : Chocolate Gooey Butter Tarts
Drizzle cooled tarts with 2 oz (60 g) melted semisweet or whilte chocolate.

Not-So-Gooey Butter Tarts

Increase brown sugar to 3/4 cup (175 mL); decrease corn syrup to 1/4 cup (50 mL).

Nutritional Information Per tart: about

cal 233 pro 2g total fat 11g sat. fat 6g
carb 32g fibre 1g chol 55mg sodium 133mg


calcium 2 iron 8 vit A 7 vit C 5
folate 11%
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