Homemade Butter Tarts.



An awesome family favorite, the Butter Tart is the number 1 tart in our family!   Did you know that Butter Tarts are uniquely Canadian and this gooey confection is often judged by its syrup factor.  If the the syrup runs up your arm as you try to eat it, you know you have a winner!  Why there are even Butter Tart Tours so that you can do a day trip and eat your way through dozens of butter tart bakeries!  Check out the Kawartha Butter Tart Tour , even a Butter Tart Festival! Wowser!


Homemade Butter Tarts come with raisin or without, with pecans, walnuts.  I prefer the classics, no fruit or nuts for me!  And you can get them just about anywhere – at the grocer, convenience store, restaurants, diners and now even coffee stores.  I must admit I can rarely resist just having one.  They are quite calorie friendly too – about 300 calories per tart – and loaded with – you guessed it! Sugar.

There are lots of great recipes out there and its find to try new ones, like this one I found on food.com – it’s kind of cool and gives a really good history of the butter tart and its Canadian roots!

Homemade Butter tarts are a Canadian tradition. In my family the Butter Tart is known as a Honey Tart and such a rare treat that it was always coveted and one just wouldn’t do.  My Grandma would always have a dozen or so freshly baked tarts on hand and would laugh out loud at the expressions on our faces.

 The combination of the sweet sticky filling and the melt in your mouth flaky pastry far surpassed any of the store bought treats consumers load up on today.  All by using a simple pastry recipe and being creative with eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.  Yes that’s all it takes.  And the secret ingredient?  Well that’s easy – love.  In the case of my siblings and I – from our Mom and Grandmother – because Mom would make these deliciously sweet mini pies for special occasions too!

So here it is – passed down by four generations….to you!

Homemade Butter Tarts

12 small  tart shells using my pastry recipe –Tip:  I grease the tin with shortening, as this will help to ease the tarts out of the tart tin.  (You can use a small muffin tin as well)

  • 1 egg
  • one cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Pour the filling into the tart shells about 2/3 full.  Bake in the bottom third of an oven at 350F for 20 – 30 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!



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Calories: 17075 kcal
Author: Judy
  • 12 tart shells
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  1. Mix all 3 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Using a tablespoon, pour into each tart shell, filling 2/3 full.
  3. Bake at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 17075 Calories from Fat 8766
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 974g 1498%
Saturated Fat 405g 2025%
Cholesterol 978mg 326%
Sodium 9837mg 410%
Potassium 353mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 1672g 557%
Dietary Fiber 161g 644%
Sugars 375g
Protein 329g 658%
Vitamin A 4.8%
Calcium 20.7%
Iron 1778.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.