Butter Tart Squares Recipe

December 5, 2015
Butter Tart Squares Recipe

Butter Tart Squares Recipe

Butter tarts are so quintessentially Canadian that rival rural Ontario communities exchanged lawsuits over which neighbourhood could rightfully lay claim to Canada’s first “Butter Tart Trail”.  Apparently, we love our butter tarts here in Canada.  Well, I love them too.  This recipe offers the deliciousness of butter tarts with the simplicity of a sheet pan recipe.  No more persnickety individual tarts.  A fast, easy and delicious recipe, and enough to feed a crowd.

Butter Tart Squares Recipe
  • ⅔ cup cold butter
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Whir first five ingredients in a food processor fitted with a metal blade until crumbly or sift dry ingredients and cut in cold butter with pastry cutter (photo 1 and photo 2)
  3. Press into ungreased 9 x 13 pan
  4. bake 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown, cool slightly about 5 minutes (photo 3)
  5. in a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients and pour over base (photo 4 and 5)
  6. Bake 20 minutes until set but jiggly
  7. Cool, cut into squares (photo 6)


photo 1


photo 2


photo 3


photo 4


photo 5


photo 6

While your butter tarts are baking, listen to this playlist from Lhasa de Sela

Read Part One of “If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen”…

Read Part Two of “If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen”…

Read Part Three of “If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen”…

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