Easy Butter Tarts
Easy Butter Tarts are kind of a oxymoron. All butter tarts can be very easy, so if you are looking for a last minute baking idea grab some tarts shells. We love making Super Easy Rhubarb Tarts in the summer and these butter tarts in the winter months.
The only way in my mind that tarts can be hard is if you make homemade pastry. That is something that I have seldomly done as store bought is pretty good and let’s face it so much easier.
I am not knocking homemade pastry in the least. I am just saying that if you need something quickly, run to the store and grab some tart shells and you will have these puppies whippped up in no time flat!!
Helpful Items for This Recipe
Ultimate Party Serving Kit (perfect for portable goodies)
We love butter tarts, one of my hubbies favorite also. They freeze well and are on the list every year for baking.
They may get bumped out, as some things do, when I want to try new items but we love them and they are great at anytime of the year!!
We are getting down to the pinch, so if you are running out of time, here is a great quick idea for you. What makes these great for me is the raisins and the pecans together. That is a really good butter tart in my mind.
I don’t like a big thick pastry ladden butter tart, that is too much for me. Give me a thinner one with the center a little runny and I am in heaven.
Some tarts with homemade pastry are all pastry and that is not what I like in a butter tart.
The butter tart being a very Canadian dessert in English speaking parts of Canada. French-Canadians like their sugar pie.
What are in Butter Tarts?
Butter Tarts are regarded as a quintessential Canadian cuisine. No wonder I like them so much living up here in Canada!
Butter tarts have corn syrup (I used dark), brown sugar, eggs and butter. We added in a little vanilla and some lemon juice to brighten them up. I love the simplicity of the ingredients but when mixed together they are so wonderful!
These butter tarts can be whipped up in a snap and are gorgeous on a platter of treats for the holidays. Try them for your next gathering, make extra as they will be gobbled up!
Easy Butter Tart Recipe
- 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 24 frozen tart shells, defrosted according to manufacturer's instructions
Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl of a standup mixer mix together the corn syrup, melted butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add the lemon juice and vanilla and mix well, Stir in the pecans and raisins.
Place the tarts on a rimmed cookie sheet. Fill the tarts with the mixture and bake for 12-15 min. until golden. They will puff up and then fall back down. Let cool. Freeze well too!