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Classic Butter Tarts Recipe l SimplyScratch.com

Classic Butter Tarts

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These Classic Butter Tarts always remind me of Christmastime. A sweet pastry dough is filled with soaked raisins, chopped walnuts and a sweet and sticky filling of brown sugar, egg and vanilla filling. This recipe yields 40 sweet and nutty butter tarts.
Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Keyword Canadian, Christmas, holiday, mini, tarts, treat
Servings 40 servings
Calories 90
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1 recipe easy pâte sucrée
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup golden syrup or substitute corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons melted and cooled butter
  • teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts


  • Place the raisins in a heat-safe bowl. Pour hot water over top, set of to the side to soak.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, brown sugar, golden syrup, melted butter, vinegar, vanilla and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Preheat your oven to 425°.
  • Roll the dough out to a 16x12" rectangle and using 2-1/2" biscuit cutter, stamp out as many circles up to 24.
  • Press the cutouts into a mini muffin pan. Collect the remaining dough scraps, wrap in plastic wrap and place back into the fridge.
  • Drain the liquids from the raisins. Fill the mini pie shells with a couple soaked raisins, a few chopped walnuts and 1 teaspoon or so of the filling.
  • Place the pan onto the middle rack of your preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, rotate the pan halfway during baking.
  • Once baked, allow to cool for 5 minutes before using a offset spatula to remove each butter tart.
  • Once the pan has cooled a bit, repeat with the remaining dough, raisins, walnuts and filling until you have a total of 40 tarts.


*Nutritional values do not include the pastry crust.
**I linked to the brand of golden syrup I used, but note that you may find it cheaper at your local grocery store compared to online.


Serving: 1tart | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg