Scrumptious Butter Tarts Recipe

Butter tarts are one of those things that I ask people to make for me, but I have never made myself. I’ve also been known to pay the local bakery $10 for 6 tarts, which seemed expensive in my mind, but when you need a tart, you need a tart.

As a member of Life Made Delicious, I noticed a recipe for Mom’s Best Butter Tarts, and since Life Made Delicious is known for yummy and easy recipes, I thought I’d give this one a try. Making butter tarts really is easy. I was able to make these right in the midst of some heavy duty kid chaos with little problem. I guess I was giving all those people a break when I asked them to make them for me. Plus, this recipe makes 12 tarts for nowhere near what I used to pay the bakery. Consider me a convert to baking my own…unless of course you’d like to bake them for me.


Best Butter Tarts Recipe

Makes 12 tarts

  • 1 pkg (425 g) Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust (Note: I used 12 mini tart shells.)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) seedless raisins
  • Boiling water
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) golden corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)


  1. Heat oven to 425°F (220°C). Oven rack should be in the middle position.
  2. Allow pie crusts to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to soften (take pouches out of box but leave unopened until ready to use).
  3. Gently unroll crust. With 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter, cut 6 rounds from each crust. To get the last round you will need to re-roll the scraps of dough to same thickness as original crust. If you don’t have a 4-inch cutter, a large glass or mug will work (just be sure it is 4-inches in diameter). Using a metal lifter transfer each round to ungreased 12-cup muffin pan. Ease the pastry into each cup, gently pressing sides to edges of muffin cups (don’t press the bottoms).
  4. Pour boiling water over raisins. Allow to stand 7 minutes. Meanwhile in a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt butter. Continue heating and stir in brown sugar, salt, corn syrup and vanilla. Add beaten egg and stir constantly until mixture is very hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat. Drain raisins and stir into mixture.
  5. Fill each pastry-lined cup half full (about 1½ to 2 tbsp/25 mL each).
  6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Pastry will be deep golden brown and filling will be bubbling rapidly. Place pan on wire rack and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around edges of tarts and carefully remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

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  1. Nicole says

    I have to tell you, butter tarts fill me with horror. I can’t handle any kind of pastry, but butter tarts are especially vile to me! Sadly, my husband does not think so and so he relies on other people to make them for him. If I was a good wife maybe I would try this recipe! Now, the question is: am I a good wife?

    • Marilyn says

      Really? When I was young I used to get butter tarts and mincemeat tarts confused. Now mincemeat I can understand not liking, but butter tarts are nothing but sugar, liquid sugar, fruit sugar (raisins), and butter. It’s the perfect dessert for a diabetic like myself. (I kid) Honestly, I love them. And they’re so much easier than I ever thought.


  2. Merry120 says

    I love butter tarts so I’m going to have to try this recipe. Funny thing tho….before I moved to Calgary I had never had a butter tart. We don’t have them in Alabama. We do have pecan pie which is very similar. If I made these I would probably add pecans because that’s how I roll. ;)

    • Marilyn says

      I believe that butter tarts are actually a Canadian specialty. Yes, we actually have cuisine of our own! :) You can totally put pecan on it, but I prefer it plain. And because I’m a total nerd, I just looked up the origin of butter tarts, and they are indeed, one of the very few dishes that are considered purely Canadian. Perfect for Canada Day, eh?


  3. Sandra says

    Now i could really use a butter tart…thank goodness my mom makes them…I know I know easy recipe, but it requires I actually get off the couch, right?

    • Marilyn says

      Haha! That’s what I think too whenever I’ve asked people to bake them for me. The tarts I made yesterday are all gone now. :( So I’ll have to get off the computer to make more.