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Butter Tart Squares and Cherry Squares

One of Susan's passions is cooking and creating new recipes for family and friends.

Sweets For Christmas

Butter tart squares and cherry squares

Butter tart squares and cherry squares

Both of these recipes were passed down to me many, many years ago, and each year at Christmastime I usually end up making a few batches for friends and family to enjoy.

I'm not much of a pastry person in the fact that I've never been able to or had the patience to make pastry. Butter tart squares rather than butter tarts are the perfect alternative for me. With a shortbread type base for the crust or the bottom of the square along with the sweet nutty sticky filling top, they are definitely a crowd-pleaser.

These squares are very sweet so you may want to cut them in small portion sizes.

Cook Time for Butter Tart Squares

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

35 min

50 min

Will depend on the size of squares

Ingredients for Butter Tart Squares

For the base or bottom of your squares you will need the following:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp of white sugar



For the butter tart square filling and top you will need the following:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of pecans or walnuts (I used pecans)



Ingredients for the base

Ingredients for the base

Ingredients for the topping

Ingredients for the topping

Instructions for Butter Tart Squares

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream butter well with the white sugar, then add flour mixing well making sure that everything is creamed together.
  3. Press the mixture into an 8" x 8" baking pan.
  4. Pop this into the oven and bake for fifteen minutes.
  5. While the base is baking you can prepare the topping mix.
  6. Mix the brown sugar well with the eggs until the sugar has melted. Add and mix in the vanilla extract.
  7. Stir in the flour and baking powder mixing well.
  8. Add the nuts mixing again.
  9. Once the base is cooked spread the topping mix evenly over the base and return to the oven for another twenty minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and completely cool before cutting.

Because these two recipes are quite similar in regards to both having a base recipe that is almost the same, I tend to make them at the same time.

Ingredients for Cherry Squares

Ingredients for the batter mix that goes on top of the base.

Ingredients for the batter mix that goes on top of the base.

Ingredients for Cherry Squares

Ingredients for the base:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour

Ingredients for the topping

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries cut in halves or quarters

Instructions for Cherry Squares

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Cream butter well with the brown sugar, then add the flour mixing and creaming together.
  • Press mixture into an 8" x 8" baking pan.
  • Pop into the oven for fifteen minutes.
  • While the base is cooking prepare the topping.
  • Beat egg whites until they are stiff.
  • Slowly add sugar, salt and baking powder beating as you go.
  • Add vanilla and beat again.
  • Fold the cherries into the mixture.
  • Add to the base spreading evenly.
  • Place back into the oven for an additional thirty minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting.
Store in an airtight container or cookie jar.

Store in an airtight container or cookie jar.

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Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 02, 2013:

Dianna, I love the recipes that have been handed down and these two I make every year at Christmas. Which reminds me I have to get busy this week and get the baking started.

dawnraeb, I like them because they're so much easier than making butter tarts, but this year I've promised hubby I'd try my hand at making the pastry for the actual butter tarts themselves. Wish me luck :)

dawnraeb on December 01, 2013:

I've never heard of butter tart squares. They sound wonderful.

Dianna Mendez on November 30, 2013:

The recipes handed down through time are always the best. Yours is a reminder of that fact. Thanks for sharing your personal recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2012:

kikalina, Thank you!

maheshpatwal, Thanks so much !

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2012:

Hi Mary, Thanks so much. I cannot stop thinking about your Gingerbread house.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2012:

Stephanie, Thanks and I hope that you enjoy the cherry squares.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 09, 2012:

Hi Susan, No have never heard of that cake before. The bottom of the butter tarts is like a shortbread base. Hope you like the recipes and thanks for the shares and voting.

maheshpatwal from MUMBAI on December 08, 2012:

Susan wow butter tarts look yummy and delicious.You always come up with recipes of really mouthwatering delicacies which no one can resist to read....Amazing detailed recipe with taste bud pleasing pictures... a 5 star and voted up...

kikalina from Europe on December 08, 2012:

Just the right season for baking these. Voted up and sharing.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 08, 2012:

I like recipes like this that look good and easy to make. I'm bookmarking this cause I'm trying it!

I voted this UP, and will share.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on December 08, 2012:

I was just in the mood for finding some new recipes to make for Christmas, and these cherry tart squares sound so good! Voted up and shared!

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on December 07, 2012:

My mouth is watering! Have you heard of Ooey Gooey Butter Cake? It reminds me of your Butter Tart Squares - I hope it is because it is one of my favorites, but I have never had a recipe. I am going to have to try this recipe. YAY!! It looks so delicious. The Cherry Squares do, too!!

Thanks for sharing!! :-)

Votes and Shares! :-)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 07, 2012:

Lisa, Thanks. This weekend I hope to get a few batches of shortbread cookies made. Bake, bake, bake :) Hope you enjoy the recipes.

Liz Rayen from California on December 06, 2012:

These look so so yummy! I am so in the mood for baking right now.. Gonna plan for these on the weekend. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us Susan! Thumbs up and shared! ♥

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 06, 2012:

Cathy, I hope you enjoy these.

Ms. Immortal from NJ on December 05, 2012:

Definitely will try this for Christmas, if I can wait :o)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

Natasha, Thanks and I hope that you and your coworkers enjoy them.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

sg, I know what you mean, and I think I have gained a few pounds just reading some of the recipe hubs. Thanks and I hope that hubby and you enjoy these.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

Hi Jellygator, Hope that you enjoy them and thanks :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

GoodLady, I have to hide a few when I make these as they disappear too fast :) Hope you enjoy them.

Natasha from Hawaii on December 03, 2012:

I have loved everything made with cherries that I've ever tried. I need to try these cherry squares! My coworkers will like if if I do, too.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 03, 2012:

Hubby loves anything with cherries. I am going to try the cherry squares for the holidays! I am really going to get fat if I keep reading all these recipe hubs! Voting up and yummy (awewome) :)

jellygator from USA on December 03, 2012:

I am so making these this week!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on December 03, 2012:

I bought some little cookie things like your butter and cherry tart squares the other day and they were delicious and thought I should make my own for Christmas and here you have a whole hub about it with an easy to follow recipe. Many many thanks. Perfect and perfect timing. I'm making these for us and I know that my daughter in law (and myself) will eat them all!

Voting sharing and I gave you five stars too!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 13, 2012:

Hi SS, I'm sure you'll like these and the butter tart tart squares are good too :)

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on October 12, 2012:

This is something I really think I will try around the holidays because I love things with cherry flavor, reminds me of Christmas. Thanks for this great recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 23, 2012:

Sam, I hope that's a good thing :)

anglnwu on September 23, 2012:

Can't wait for Christmas but maybe, I don't have to. I can find all these ingredients and since your instructions are clear and simple, I should do a trial run before Christmas. Great recipe and thanks for sharing.

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on September 23, 2012:

These both look delicious and my sweet tooth is now killing me!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 23, 2012:

Tammy, Both pans disappeared within a day. I went to grab one and poof they were gone. If you make them stash some away for yourself :)

bdegiulio, Thank you.

Gypsy, Thanks and I hope you enjoy them.

Gypsy48 on September 23, 2012:

Another great and easy recipe to try, thanks for sharing:)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 23, 2012:

Hi Susan. Now don't these look yummy. Great hub with easy to follow instructions. Well done. VU and sharing.

Tammy from North Carolina on September 23, 2012:

I want one right now with my coffee. These look fabuolous! Pinning and sharing!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 18, 2012:

marcooujor, Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the recipes.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 17, 2012:

Beautifully organized and makes me realize how quickly the holidays are approaching.

Both look like amazing recipes and will be eager to try them out.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 17, 2012:

Sue, I have made pies but making the pastry is more frustrating to me than fun, so I tend to buy the ready made pastry now.

Deepak, Both of these recipes have been in my family for many years and were passed down to me. Thank you, and glad you liked the hub.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 17, 2012:

Mama Kim, Thanks so much!

Alicia, Thank you and hope that you enjoy them.

Deepak Chaturvedi from New Delhi, India on September 17, 2012:

Beautiful!no,no not the recipe but hub.Nice to read about the recipe which easy to make and great in taste.Thanks susan you are expert to write such recipe.

Sueswan on September 16, 2012:

Hi Susan,

I have never made pastry so I really like the idea of squares rather than tarts.

Voted up and awesome

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 16, 2012:

These squares sound so delicious, Susan! They will be a lovely treat for Christmas. Thank you very much for the recipe.

Sasha Kim on September 16, 2012:

Oh my these sound and look amazing! I may just have to add them to my christmas bake list as well! Voting up and pinning!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 16, 2012:

Ruby, Thank you.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 15, 2012:

Pam, Thank you for the pin and I do hope you and your family enjoy these.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 15, 2012:

These look really good Susan. The red cherry color is perfect for Christmas..Thank you..

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 15, 2012:

Simey, Thanks. What's Christmas without a little bit of indulgence :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 15, 2012:

Hyphenbird, I normally only make these at Christmastime but in order to write the hub I made them early this year. They were good :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 15, 2012:

These look very good to me and I am going to pin them also. I think my whole family will enjoy these. Thanks for the recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2012:

Rosemay, Glad to know I'm not alone in the pastry cooking area :) Hope you enjoy these recipes.

Mhatter, Thanks and I hope you like them.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2012:

mvillecat, Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy the cherry squares.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2012:

Frank and Ruchira, Thanks so much!

Simon Cook from NJ, USA on September 14, 2012:

These recipes look fantastic - may have to try them! I'm on a low carb for diet - but they are Christmas treats so I can cheat a little!!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2012:

chuckd, Thanks and I hope you enjoy both of these recipes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2012:

RH, They're great with morning coffee to give you that sugar high zip :)

I find if I have patience and am in the mood to make pie crusts and tart crusts I do okay with them but yes buying the pre-made ones are the way to go.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2012:

LaThing

Bill

Kelley

Crystal

Thanks everyone and if anyone tries the recipes, please come back and let me know if you liked them.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2012:

CloudExplorer, Thanks and I hope you and your wife enjoy the recipes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 14, 2012:

Cardisa, I'd be happy to mail you some but they are really easy to make :)

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on September 14, 2012:

YUM. I have been eating strict vegan and mostly raw for months now. I love it but intend to have a great Christmas treat and it just might be this one. The recipe is simple and the results look amazing.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on September 13, 2012:

New to me. Will have my daughter whip me up some. Thanks

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on September 13, 2012:

I will definitely be making these, shhh but pastry isn't my forte either, so these are super alternatives.

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on September 13, 2012:

I canned cherries this summer so I am going to look forward to making the cherry bars. Thanks for the recipes, I voted up, tweeted, pinned and facebooked.

Ruchira from United States on September 13, 2012:

Sounds delish, Susan

Gotta try these out soon.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 13, 2012:

another one of your top notch 5 star recipes justasksusan.. :) thanks for continuing to make my recipe scrapbook even larger with great stuff!!!

Charles Dawson from Bartow, FL on September 13, 2012:

These look soooo good! I can't wait to try making them. Thanks for sharing!!!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on September 13, 2012:

I bet these are delicious! I love the way the photo shows it pre-cooked and then how cool it looks baked. I love cherries and I really have never made squares like that before. I bet they would be wonderful with morning coffee!

I never make my own pastery either - it's cheap to buy and I just don't think I can do a better job. It takes time to make it so I would rather spend the buck and save the hour:) lol

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on September 13, 2012:

Looks heavenly. I could probably eat the whole batch!

kelleyward on September 13, 2012:

Wow this looks fantastic. Couldn't help but give it 5 stars. Bookmarking this one for Christmas! Voted up and shared. Yum!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 13, 2012:

Great Christmas treats Susan! Now I know what to ask for Christmas!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2012:

Glimmer Twin, Thanks for the Pin and I hope you enjoy the recipes.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2012:

Thundermama, Thank you and I hope you enjoy these.

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on September 13, 2012:

They look delicious, and I have a bad, bad sweet tooth! :) I can tell you know that they will become a favorite in this household..... Thanks for sharing this with us!

Mike Pugh from New York City on September 13, 2012:

Nice recipe hub Susan, I definitely dig eating yummy snacks like this one for the holidays, and I'll let my wife know I bookmarked it for sure, she's the baker in the family as you may know already from many other hubs I commented on of yours.

Nicely written, and well done with the positioning as you always do so well. Smooth stuff!

Thumbs up and getting shared.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on September 13, 2012:

Hi Susan, these look great! Wow, never had or heard of them before but I would sure love to have some now. Can you mail some over? I 'll send you may address.....lol

Claudia Mitchell on September 13, 2012:

These are definitely going on my Christmas baking list. I bake about 8 or 9 different cookies each year. These are great. Pinned!

Catherine Taylor from Canada on September 13, 2012:

I am ridiculously excited about the butter tart bars. i too will not be waiting until Christmas. These look so good!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 13, 2012:

Carol, Thank you for being the first to comment, and no you can make these anytime you like.

carol stanley from Arizona on September 13, 2012:

The big question is "Do I have to wait until Christmas". Seriously these look yummy and thanks for sharing the recipe.

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