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Old Fashioned Butter Tarts

Old Fashioned Butter Tarts, the best Homemade Canadian Recipe, with the perfect sweet runny filling, dessert or snack idea.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Chilling Time for Pastry30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter tarts, chocolate chip butter tarts, classic butter tarts, pecan butter tarts
Servings: 12 tarts
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen



  • 1 Pie Pastry Recipe or 12 pre-made tart shells


    PLAIN FILLING (without add ins)

    • 1/4 cup butter (melted / cooled) (50 grams)
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar (lightly packed) (90 grams)
    • 1/2 cup corn syrup (170 grams)
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

    RAISIN FILLING (add in)

    • 3/4 cup raisins (120 grams)
    • boiling water


    • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (45 grams)

    PECAN FILLING (add in)

    • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans (or walnuts) (41 grams)



    • Prepare either the Simple Pie Dough or Brown Sugar Pie Dough. Or you can use prepared store bought tarts.
    • Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Grease and flour a 12 size medium muffin tin.
    • Remove pastry from fridge roll out to 1/8" thickness and cut out with a round cookie cutter.  Gently form into muffin tin, use a small lightly floured shot glass to gently form the rounds into the tin.


    • If using raisins then place them in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water, let sit 5 minutes then drain. Immediately add hot raisins to butter mixture and stir until butter has melted.  Then add beaten egg and vanilla, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup stir to combine well.  
    • If not using the raisins then melt the butter, let cool slightly, then add the beaten egg, vanilla, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup stir to combine well. At this point you can either stir in the chopped pecans, chocolate chips or leave the filling plain.
    • Pour the filling into the prepared tart shells and bake for 15 minutes at 400°F, reduce heat to 350°F and continue baking for approximately 10 - 15 minutes (until they start to brown).  Let cool before serving. Enjoy!


    Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2.7mg