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Stack of four homemade tarts with syrupy filling on white plate.

Old Fashioned Butter Tarts

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: butter tarts
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Laureen King
The perfect butter tart recipe with sweet, slightly runny filling and flaky melt in your mouth pastry.
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  • Tart Shell Pastry
  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter chilled and cut into pieces
  • 1/4-1/2 cup ice cold water
  • Butter Tart Filling
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup golden
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • Butter Tart Pastry
  • Sift 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. (too much water will make for a tough dough).
  • Press dough together and shape into disk.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roll out tart dough and cut 16 4-inch circles.
  • Press dough in muffin cups (try not to stretch dough).
  • Refrigerate until filling is prepared.
  • Butter Tart Filling
  • In large bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir until butter is creamed and sugar is dissolved.
  • Add eggs, vanilla and pinch of salt. Mix well.
  • Fill tart shells with filling.
  • Bake 400F for 15-20 minutes.
  • Filling should be lightly browned and still bubbling.
  • Let tarts cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to rack to cool completely.


Store bought pastry tart shells will work as well. Add raisins or pecans if you like.


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 42mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.1mg