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Butter Tarts

Those bites of tender-crisp, flaky pastry and the sweet, buttery filling makes these Butter Tarts so addictive and delightful.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
chill time for the dough 2 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 207 kcal
Author sanna


For the Tart Crusts

  • 5 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb lard
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 large egg slightly beaten
  • water

For the Filling

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup nuts chopped


  1. In a large mixing bowl that is not too deep, combine and whisk together flour and salt. Cut in the chilled lard to the flour mixture using a pastry cutter until the mixture turns into a coarse meal with some large bits. 

  2. Combine vinegar and egg in one measuring cup, fill the cup with water until the liquid reaches 1 cup. Gradually pour the liquid into the mixture in the bowl as you stir with a fork. The mixture should cling together when you press them with your fingers. Turn the mixture into a floured board and pat to shape it into one big mass. Divide the dough into three almost equal portions, shape each portion into a disc and wrap it in plastic. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

  3. After chilling, preheat oven to 375 F. Grease two regular muffin pans. Take one dough portion out of the fridge and roll it into 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured board. Using a round cutter that is 4 inches in diameter, cut as many circles as you can. Tip: Dip your cutter in flour before cutting to prevent the dough from sticking to it. Put scraps on top of one another and re-roll again to cut more circles. You should be able to make as much as 12 circles in one portion. Repeat the process with one more portion of the chilled dough. (You will have one portion left of the dough which you can freeze for later use, or make half batch of the filling to make a dozen tart.)

  4. Ease the circles into the muffin holes and press it down to fit the sides. If desired, use the tines of a fork to press little line decorations on the edge on the tart shells. Refrigerate the tart shells while you make the filling.

  5. To make the filling, Beat the eggs on a bowl until the whites and yolk are blended. Beat in the sugar. Add the vanilla, vinegar and melted butter. Stir well. Add the nuts and raisins. Spoon the filling into the tart shells until each is about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake the butter tarts in the preheated oven for 17-20 minutes or until the filling is firm.

Recipe Notes

Crust recipe from Tenderflake.

Nutrition Facts
Butter Tarts
Amount Per Serving (1 tart)
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 242mg11%
Potassium 165mg5%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1100IU22%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.