Sweet Butter Tarts Recipe

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A friend of mine first introduced me to this easy recipe. I usually make six or eight batches at Christmas time.—Charlene Turnbull, Wainwright, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • Pastry for three single-crust pies
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 370 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 253 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface; cut into twelve 4-in. circles. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased muffin cups.
  2. In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add egg, milk, vanilla and maple flavoring. Stir in raisins.
  3. Fill each cup half full. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Sweet Butter Tarts in Country Woman November/December 1998, p35

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Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"Very easy & delicious!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"I changed it up a little. Currants instead of raisins and a shot of dark rum"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"YUMM these were so delicious! Just how my dad and husband LOVE them. :)"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"My husband is a HUGE butter tart fanatic and he absolutely loved these! We will make them again often."

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