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The Best Butter Tart, eh! Homemade butter tarts, including recipe


A great treat and dessert.

For B.T. Evilpants!

Let's Celebrate Canada Day July 1 With A Uniquely Canadian Treat!

Only available in Canada--Pity--you say!

Not a myth, all the Canadian border towns are being flooded yearly (not just in the summer season either) by our favorite neighbors from the south. (US citizens) They are searching for these scrumptious uniquely Canadian small-to-die-for-melt-in-your-mouth-one-is-never-enough-finger-lickin-tarts.

Many variations exist none better then the following recipe perfected by yours truly many years ago. It has become a tradition at our house to have a large batch of them around for our Canada Day celebration.

* * * * * * * * * YUM * * * * * * * * * *

No words needed!

No words needed!

great with walnuts or pecans

great with walnuts or pecans

* * * * * *Ingredients* * * * * * *


  • 2cups/500ml all-purpose flour (add a little extra flour if dough feels too sticky)
  • 11/2cups/375g unsalted butter
  • 1/2tbsp/10ml ice water(make sure water is ICY cold just so dough will be easier to handle, especially in warm humid weather)
  • 1tsp/5ml white vinegar
  • 1/2tsp/2ml salt


  • 3cups/750ml golden corn syrup
  • 8tbsps/120ml light brown sugar
  • 2tbsps/30ml real maple syrup or 1tsp maple extract
  • 1cup/250g sultana raisins
  • 11/4cups/300g walnut chunks
  • 1/2cup/125g unsalted butter

* * * * * *Methodology* * * * * *

  • Pam spray two 24-hole mini muffin tins.
  • Spread nuts on a cookie sheet and bake for 2-3 minutes or until just golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  • Soak raisins in hot water and set aside.
  • Sift flour into large bowl. Add salt and using pastry cutter combine with butter until 'riced'. Add vinegar and ice water.
  • Turn onto lightly floured table and work until together (don't over work dough, it should be flaky) divide dough into 4 balls.(keep them covered so they don't dry out and in the fridge)
  • Roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4"/5mm thickness(the thinner the daintier the tarts)
  • Using a fluted 2"/5cm cutter cut out rounds. Gently lift them with a spatula or knife and line each muffin hole. (the dough is easier to handle if its really cold)
  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C/gas4.
  • Drain raisins.
  • Divide the nuts amongst the tarts evenly & set aside.
  • Combine all the filling ingredients, mix together at low speed for two minutes, add drained raisins and gently pour over nuts.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.
  • Cool in the tins for 10 minutes then gently lift them onto a wire rack till totally cooled.


(Once a year on July 1. which is Canada day these butter tart are absolutely calorie free)

* * * * * * * Variations * * * * * * * *

pecan & cranberry

pecan & cranberry

* * * * * * * Delicious * * * * * * *

Can also be made as pies in shallow pie dishes. Especially the pecan and cranberry combinations is awesome with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Try them with other combinations,  instead of raisins and walnuts use:

  • shredded unsweetened coconut, really well drained crushed pineapple (mix a tablespoon of flour into pineapple)
  • shredded unsweetened coconut, dried blueberries
  • shredded unsweetened coconut, dried elderberries
  • crushed filberts (hazelnuts), dried red currents
  • crushed pecans, dried cranberries coarsely chopped in food processor
  • crushed almonds, dried cherries coarsely chopped in food processor
  • crushed peanuts, dried apricots coarsely chopped in food processor

Soak and drain all the dried fruit same as raisins.


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on May 28, 2012:

Vespawoolf, these are good stuff... the cranberry filled ones are my fave.

thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 12, 2012:

Our neighbors/friends are Canadians and she sometimes treats us to scrumptious butter tarts. Your maple syrup version sounds divine and so does the cranberry variation. Equipped with your recipes, I now have the courage to try it myself! My friend uses silicon muffin pans for easy removal of the baked butter tarts. Thank you! I love your hubs!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 12, 2011:

yap, Pam these are yummy little gems, that's for sure. Thanks for commenting

regards Zsuzsy

Pam Pounds from So Cal Girl in the Midwest! on September 12, 2011:

All I can say is..."yum".

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 12, 2011:

Jean thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

jean2011 from Canada on September 12, 2011:

Yummy! I must try this one. Thank you for sharing. I have voted this hub useful.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on September 05, 2010:

Denise thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on September 05, 2010:

OH YUM- sounds delicious and will let you know when I try these out!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 25, 2010:

Pamela, try this recipe it's really not that hard. I have the ingredients already because I'll be tackling a triple batch of these next week for our yearly July 1 celebration party.

Last year friends brought me pecans from the States. This year I've found the most beautiful golden walnuts at one of the bulk food stores in Toronto. I'm having a hard time staying away from them, because I just love walnuts.

have a great Canada day


Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on June 25, 2010:

I love butter tarts. (I'm from Canada.) My mom used to make them several times a year. A few Christmases ago I decided I should make some early in the season and also make it a yearly tradition. It was some of the hardest work I've ever done and I'm never doing it again. (But I love butter tarts when someone else makes them.)

Natasha on November 18, 2009:

Thanks Zsuzsy! Will try out the suggestions and let you know the outcome.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 16, 2009:

Natasha I'm sad to hear that, I have never had a problem with my pastry, but you can try to add a bit of sour cream into the pastry if you need to that will probably hold things together or add a bit more flour. I just made a batch over our Thanksgiving in October and every thing went hunky dory...

regards Zsuzsy

Natasha on November 16, 2009:

Hello...Just trying this out now. I have found that the crust, when complete, is much to flaky. It's falling apart. Not coming out of cups nicely. Granted, I did make them in the bigger muffin tins.


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 06, 2009:

akirchner, these butter tarts are pretty good even if I say so myself. So yum is definitely right.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on November 05, 2009:

I'm thinking your recipe plus mine - yum~

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 06, 2009:

I have been making this same recipe for years and have had to add extra flour into the dough once or twice. Always depending on the flour too...gluten content and temperature play a big part in the consistency of many doughs.

I will add this into the above recipe.

Talk to you again soon


Sarah on August 06, 2009:

The dough handled okay, it was a little warm though. But when I baked the tarts, the cups turned into little puddles! Then I began to think I had rolled it too thin. So I tried a few more with thicker crusts and worked in more flour, and that did the trick. I know what you mean about store-bought, just NOT comparable! Thanks for the tips Zsuzsy! Happy Canada back at ya ;)

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 06, 2009:

Sarah, so glad you found the recipe as no Canadian should be butter tart deprived.

As far as the crust goes--was it hard to work with? If you made this crust recipe when it was really warm and humid most likely your water wasn't cold enough...next time throw a couple of ice cubes into your water that should help make the dough easier to handle.

My family usually eats out the filling and maybe just half of the hard crust of the boughten buttertarts. Soooo I make my crust flaky instead.

Well happy belated Canada day

regards Zsuzsy

Sarah on August 05, 2009:

Found your recipe here compliments of Google- tried it tonight! I'm a Canadian stuck in the middle of Kansas.

Thanks for posting this to share with the butter tart deprived. :) One question, if you ever check this thread:

the crust was SO light/flaky- is it from too much butter?

I'm new at baking. Thanks...

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on March 30, 2009:

Journey* You're quite welcome. Hope you get a chance to try them sometime. Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on March 30, 2009:

what a great looking decadent dessert Zsuzsy Bee. Thanks for writing this hub. -Journey*

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on November 23, 2008:

Pam! You're more then welcome. Hope you enjoy them as much as the evil panted one.

regards Zsuzsy

Pam Roberson from Virginia on November 23, 2008:

YUM! Mr. Evilpants gave me your link, and I'm so glad he did! Thanks for the recipe Zsuzsy! This is bookmarked for sure. :)

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on August 26, 2008:

SweetiePie! Glad you came by. Thanks for commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on August 26, 2008:

This looks like a great recipe. Did not realize B.T. Evilpants was so famous :).

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 19, 2008:

Shirley! I cheat too at times and buy them already made. I make a giant batch up for Canada day...then if I can get good cranberries I'll make up another batch at thanksgiving. Mind you B.T. has changed my opinion of them too. Every-time I go past them at the grocery store I have to chuckle (once people notice they'll probably think I'm weird) weeeeeeell maybe weirder then usual...

have a great day Zsuzsy

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on July 18, 2008:

Zsuzsy, I went to a variety store yesterday and they had little 2 packs of butter tarts. Don't tell B.T., but I couldn't help myself, I bought them and ate them both post haste. They tasted as good as they looked - chemically treated and preserved in hard shells. I didn't break a tooth, but it certainly cured my hankering for them.

Wish I still baked - I could have some good ones made from your recipes.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 18, 2008:

Monitor! You see how useful all this info can be here on hubpages... calorie-free butter-tarts on July first. The cranberry with almonds are my favorite. They're sinfully good.

Thanks for visiting regards Zsuzsy

monitor from The world. on July 18, 2008:

Those butter tarts sure do look delicious, Zsuzsy. I had no idea that they were calorie free only on Canada Day either. I wonder how the cranberry version tastes...? Thanks for sharing your recipes!

Your fan.


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on July 01, 2008:

Thank you Patty for trying out the recipe. I'm glad you liked it. I mainly use walnuts but a friend brought me a big sac full of pecans from South Carolina. Those things were huge...I crumbled some up for the filling but one half of a nut was all I could fit onto the top of the tart. You should try the cranberry version around thanksgiving...it fits really well with the Turkey dinners.

Just in case I don't get a chance later in the week....Happy Independence day to you on Friday, my friend with kindest regards Zsuzsy

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 01, 2008:

Testing a fraction of a batch, I find the pie crust most flakey and delicious - I love the raisins and walnuts and like it all better than pecan pie. Thank you for the Canadian recipe! I shall trie a larger batch this week. :)

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 30, 2008:

Lady Guinevere! Sultana raisins are a kind of raisin. They're a medium sized light brown raisin. You should be able to use most kinds of raisins I would think.

thanks for taking a look regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 30, 2008:

Patty! You'll make about 48 tarts out of the recipe. The dough is similar to pie dough...very flakey. thanks for stopping by. regards Zsuzsy

Debra Allen from West By God on June 30, 2008:

These sound yummy! One stupid questions though--are the Sultan Raisins a brand name of raisins or are they a special kind of raisin?

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 30, 2008:

Zounds! That is a lot of butter and corn syprup. I will drink black coffee before I eat one. No wonder BT Evilpants is teetering on the wagon - withdrawal is killing him.


Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 30, 2008:

Robie! Glad you came by. Thank for you kind comment too.

Hope you have a great Independence day on Friday.

regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 30, 2008:

Marisue! Thanks for commenting. I'm sure your gang will love the butter tarts.

Happy fourth of July to you and your family on Friday.

regards Zsuzsy

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on June 30, 2008:

Oh Canada-- oh butter tarts--OH zsusy I love your recipes almost as much as I love the personal stories that go with them. Happy Canada Day:-)

marisuewrites from USA on June 30, 2008:

yum my whole family, 3 hungry grown big ol' strappin young men, will adore these. Happy Canada Day to our neighbors!!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 30, 2008:

Compu-smart! How hard can it be for you to find a willing cook...a smart guy like you? Thanks for coming by. regards Zsuzsy

I'm just learning the digital camera bit. I was told to get with the times and supposedly the 35mm minolta just doesn't cut it anymore.zs

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 30, 2008:

Shadesbreath! these tarts are worth every dime of that 14 grand.zs

Tony Sky from London UK on June 30, 2008:

I have heard so much about this Butter Tart recipe of yours that truly sounds Delicious! unfortuently this recipe will have to be put on hold until i can persuade a willing cook to cook 4me!

ps, nice to see you! (profile pic:)

Shadesbreath from California on June 27, 2008:

Ok, I ordered one of each off your list up there. These damn butter tarts better be as good as they sound now that I'm the hole for 14 grand.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 26, 2008:

Shadesbreath! You're trying to change the subject here...What about those new appliances? Have you seen my ebay capsule? I'm sure any of those would please your wife.

PEOPLE HUB HUNGRY SOMETIMES YOU KNOW! I'm restringing my violin as we speak. As for B.T. his fate is written in the stars, I'm afraid...teetering wagon and all. zs

Shadesbreath from California on June 26, 2008:

Making us see you eat them would be wrong.  PEOPLE HUB HUNGRY SOMETIMES YOU KNOW! And what of poor Evilpants, teetering precariously over the edge of the wagon?

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 26, 2008:

Hi Isabella! The funny thing is that all year round my gang will maybe buy the ready made ones once every month or so...but heaven forbid I decide not to make any for Canada day...I would never hear the end of it. Lucky I enjoy our little traditions.

So glad when you come a visit. Greetings from gorgeous Canada Zsuzsy

Isabella Snow on June 26, 2008:

Ooh!! These look yummy! We need some pics of you eating them, so we can all be jealous. ;)

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 26, 2008:

Shadesbreath! Here is what you do:

You just tell her she can have the new kitchen appliances under one condition that, she bakes you these goodies. It will take no effort on your part, she will call and order them, set up deliveries etc. without bothering you. As for the money...well just put it on the credit card and you won't see the money at all...

If you need more helpful how-to's from me just let me know...I'm only too happy to help a fellow hubber out...let me know how you like the butter tarts regards Zsuzsy

Shadesbreath from California on June 26, 2008:

I'm forwarding this to my wife. If she does not make them, you will have to publish a follow up hub on how to make women do stuff they don't want to do. (Preferably not including anything that requires effort or money on my part)

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 26, 2008:

rmr! I'm not afraid of a little jackalope...(just in case I'll bake an extra big batch)zs

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 26, 2008:

Shirley! Happy Canada day to you too.

B.T. will just have to come to terms with his afflictions. This will make him a stronger, better jackalope.

Talk to you soon. regards Zsuzsy

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 26, 2008:

SirDent! I only make homemade Butter Tarts once a year usually the weekend before Canada day. It's become a bit of a tradition that we have a big BBQ party then. This is a good time to try them.

Thanks for taking a look regards Zsuzsy

rmr from Livonia, MI on June 26, 2008:

You may have unwittingly put yourself in jeopardy, Zsuzsy. BT can't cook, and I think you live closer to the border than Shirley! Be on your guard!!

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on June 26, 2008:

Zsuzsy, Happy Canada Day in advance.  How very nice of you to do this for dear B.T. Evilpants!  It may interfere with his rehabilitation, but at least it will keep him from harm trying to cross the border and breaking into people's homes and pantries.

Nice hub, and yummy too.

SirDent on June 26, 2008:

I have never had butter tarts before in my life. I may have to come for a visit also. I will bring my shotgun incase that evil jackalope shows his face.

Ahh hate that jackalope!!!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 26, 2008:

B.T. I just couldn't resist since the 'Butter Tart Holiday' is coming up. I thought you might want to celebrate in style too. regards Zsuzsy

B.T. Evilpants from Hell, MI on June 26, 2008:

Must...resist...butter tarts! Oh, Zsuzsy! However will you sleep at night, knowing that you have given this evil jackalope such a powerful weapon!? I shall be unstoppable!

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 25, 2008:

William! How nice that you came for a visit. I'd like a truckload of apple pie. So let's shake on it and call it a deal.

have a great evening regards Zsuzsy

William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on June 25, 2008:

Maybe we can trade some American apple pie for truckload of butter tarts. Deal?

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 25, 2008:

Bob! Absolutely, totally, not-a-one. My girlfriend who is also a diabetic is going to try to make the tarts with her diabetic maple syrup. I'll let you know if they turn out.

regards Zsuzsy

Bob Ewing from New Brunswick on June 25, 2008:

Calorie free for Canada day, cool.

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 25, 2008:

I missed that one! I'll check it out. Thanks. Mine are better (you know why? because they will be here for us to have here...You want to try some? This coming weekend there'll be a major production going on at my house. Getting them ready for Tuesday. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

regards Zsuzsy

Constant Walker from Springfield, Oregon on June 25, 2008:

ZsuZsy, I think someone recently did a hub about butter tarts... but can't remember who. But, I still haven't made any...

Zsuzsy Bee (author) from Ontario/Canada on June 25, 2008:

John! Why not, I'll be making my usual batch this weekend for Tuesday.

Thanks for coming by, regards Zsuzsy

John Chancellor from Tennessee on June 25, 2008:

I live way too far South to make it to a border town. Is it possible to mail them?

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