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Old Fashioned Butter Tarts

These old fashioned butter tarts are a Canadian classic. A rich filling of brown sugar, butter and raisins is surrounded by a flaky pastry shell. Decedent and delicious, they are a holiday favourite.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Tarts
Author: Deanna


  • 24 Tart shells uncooked, homemade or store bought
  • 2/3 Cup Butter softened
  • 2 Cups Brown sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1.5 Cups Raisins


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  • If making your own pastry, roll and cut your pastry into rounds with a 3.5 inch cutter, or the lid of a wide mouth mason jar. Lightly spray 2 12-cup muffin tins with non-stick spray and gently press the shells into the muffin tins
  • In a medium size bowl, beat the butter and sugar together, then beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  • Stir in the raisins
  • Spoon filling into each of the shells, filling to 2/3 full
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool in the muffin tin, then remove and store in an airtight container.