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Butter Tarts

Barbara’s Butter Tarts

These ooey-gooey super yummy small pastries are almost a Canadian institution! With a buttery maple syrup filling, leave the Butter Tart filling plain or add raisins and/or nuts, if desired.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword butter tarts, tarts
My Island Bistro Kitchen My Island Bistro Kitchen


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten (with whisk)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (no substitutions)
  • 2 tbsp cream, blend, or whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • dash salt


  1. Prepare your favorite pastry recipe and cut out round shapes of sufficient size to fit into muffin tins.
  2. Place shells in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to chill.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. Assemble ingredients.
  5. Add all ingredients to large mixing cup or bowl. Whisk, or stir, just until ingredients are combined.
  6. Pour or spoon filling into prepared shells, filling each about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes or just until filling has set. Let cool 20-25 minutes in muffin tins on rack then remove from pans to rack to finish cooling.

Recipe Notes

Yield: Apx. 12-14 tarts