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Easy Classic Butter Tarts

Easy Classic Butter Tarts are a traditional and national Canadian beloved dessert; and for all the best reasons! This butter tart recipe is made using individual sized flaky pie crusts filled with a buttery, sweet, caramelized filling. It's not only simple, but delicious and tasty as well! Serve as a dessert or mid-day sweet snack.

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Easy Classic Butter Tarts are a traditional and national Canadian beloved dessert; and for all the best reasons! This butter tart recipe is made using individual sized flaky pie crusts filled with a buttery, sweet, caramelized filling. It’s not only simple, but delicious and tasty as well! Serve as a dessert or mid-day sweet snack.

Easy Classic Butter Tarts in muffin tray

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What is a Butter Tart?

A butter tart is a classic Canadian, small 2-bite sized pastry tart filled with a delicious semi-solid sugary, tasty syrup filling made using butter, brown sugar, and eggs!

How to Make Easy Classic Butter Tarts

If using pre-made tart shells, this is one of the fastest dessert recipes you can make!

  • Prepare Filling – melt butter and let cool slightly. Then add brown sugar, golden corn syrup, egg, salt, vanilla and lemon juice; stir until well combined. If choosing to use add-ins, stir them in here.
  • Fill Tart Shells – Pour the filling into the tart shells and bake for 16-17 minutes at 375°F or until the tart shells start to turn golden brown, and sugar caramelize.
  • Let cool before serving and enjoy!

How to Store Butter Tarts

  • Butter tarts should be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to five days. If stored at room temperature, they will keep for up to 2 days. If storing in the fridge, you can indulge while cold or bring them to room temperature before serving.
  • You can freeze butter tarts for up to 2 months. To do so, be sure to freeze in an airtight freezer container. When ready to eat, bring to room temp on the counter, then heat in oven at 350F for 5-10 minutes to re-crisp the pastry.

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  • Pie Pastry Recipe or 12 Pre-Made Tart Shells – I used Tenderflake Tart Shells
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Golden Corn Syrup
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Lemon Juice
  • Chopped Pecans – optional
  • Dried Fruit – optional
  • Chocolate – optional
Easy Classic Butter Tart in hand

Easy Classic Butter Tart Tips & Notes

  • If your preference is a more solid tart filling add an extra egg to thicken the filling.
  • Fill tart pastry shells until three-fourths (3/4) full, if you fill to the brim it will overflow.
  • The filling will expand and bubble in the oven, when cool it will settle and firm.
  • The lemon juice offsets the sweetness without making the pastry taste sour!
Tray of Easy Classic Butter Tart in hand

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Easy Classic Butter Tarts

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Desserts & Treats // Breakfast & Brunch
By Taneisha Morris Serves: 12 Butter Tarts
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

Easy Classic Butter Tarts are a traditional and national Canadian beloved dessert; and for all the best reasons! This butter tart recipe is made using individual sized flaky pie crusts filled with a buttery, sweet, caramelized filling. It's not only simple, but delicious and tasty as well! Serve as a dessert or mid-day sweet snack.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pie Pastry Recipe or 12 Pre-Made Tart Shells
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Golden Corn Syrup
  • 1 Egg, room temp and whisked
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Optional Add-Ins
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Dried Fruit
  • Chocolate

Instructions

1

Prepare tart shells according to product packaging or recipe instructions.

2

Melt butter and let cool slightly. Then add brown sugar, golden corn syrup, egg, salt, vanilla and lemon juice; stir until well combined. If choosing to use add-ins, stir them in here.

3

Pour the filling (about 3/4 full) into prepared tart shells and bake for 16-17 minutes at 375°F or until the tart shells start to turn golden brown, and sugar caramelize. Let cool before serving and enjoy!

Notes

If using raisins - soak in hot water for five minutes to plump them up before adding to filling.

Easy Classic Butter Tart

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