Easy Butter Tarts

img_3437Butter tarts are made out to be difficult to make, not so.  They are a beautiful addition to your Christmas baking and everyone is so impressed.  This is my recipe, and I make it easier by using frozen tart shells.  Honestly frozen tart shells are the best thing since sliced bread.  If you want to make pastry go ahead, but be sure to add a couple hours extra on the prep time.

This recipe is a “dump” recipe.  Add all the ingredients and mix; well you can keep the raisins until last and stir them in.  Spoon out the goodness and half fill each shell.  Bake until brown and set.  So delicious.  This time I used the raisins from the grapes I dried and they tasted amazing.  img_3433

Assemble all your ingredients and turn on your oven.  Add everything into the small mixing bowl and mix until the butter is cut into small pieces and everything is blended together.  Stir in raisins.img_3431img_3434

Place two dozen frozen shells on a large baking sheet.  Fill the shells half full, they will bubble and overflow and make a big mess if you overfill.  Bake until they are brown and set.  Serve warm or cold.  They also freeze well.img_3435 img_3436








Easy Butter Tarts


  • - 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • - 2 Eggs
  • - 3 Tbsp Cold Butter
  • - 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • - 1 Tsp White Vinegar
  • - 1 Cup Raisins (or Currants if you prefer) * Can also add chopped nuts


  1. Mix all ingredients except raisins and blend until butter is in small chunks.
  2. Add raisins and stir
  3. Fill unbaked tart shells 1/2 full
  4. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
  5. Watch carefully, turn cookie sheet half way through if your oven is not even.
  6. The filling should be set not runny. Add minutes on if you need to.
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  1. Terry Poage says:

    i have never eaten a Butter Tart before, they look really good.

  2. I’ve never heard of or eating a butter tart. I think i’d make these with nuts. they sound interesting and look fantastic!

  3. Yummy, these look and sound super yummy. I am adding to my Christmas menu.

  4. SunshineLucy says:

    My Mother-in-law used to add candied cherries…so i cut some up small & put a few on top of each tart…adds to the Christmas look. And they still taste good. Those were the days when we made at least 4 doz. for every Christmas. 😀

  5. denise low says:

    Thank you for sharing. They do look good.

  6. This sounds delicious! I don’t know if I have ever tasted anything like this , but the recipe is super easy so I may just give this one a try for the up coming holiday,

  7. They do look good. I want to try them, before I take them for Christmas. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. I’ve never seen this recipe before. I think I’d really like butter tarts!

  9. These look dangerously delicious. I love tarts, and these look easy to eat. I like how they are made tart size!

  10. I have never tried butter tarts but I love pecan pie and the filling sounds similar, but easier to make.

  11. Cheryl Everitt says:

    This is new to me, but I am anxious to try the recipe. I’ll bet these tarts will get a raving review at our Christmas dinner

  12. These look yummy.

  13. awesome

  14. They sound good. I would pack in some more filling maybe.

  15. thank you for sharing

  16. Looks delicious!

  17. Yum! I love tarts, but I have never had a butter tart before! They sound delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  18. Betsy Barnes says:

    Such an easy recipe! My family will love these!

  19. Sherry Fram says:

    Will be trying this recipe! Sounds delicious!

  20. deana dietrich says:

    These look so good & so many different ways to fill them.

  21. Amber Ludwig says:

    Yummo!! They sound rich and delectable!! Plus anything mini sized is just too adorable and must be made ad eaten 😉

  22. donna FIELDS says:

    They look delicious and i love tarts. I will have to let my granddaughters help me make them. My oldest is ten and she loves to try and cook all desserts. She will love this, she and her sister both have their own aprons they wear because of all the mess they make but, this looks worth the mess i know they will make. LOL…. Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing.

  23. These are so cute and look yummy 💖

  24. Mallory Brasher says:

    These look AMAZING!!!

  25. WOW! These look delish and so easy for quick desserts!!

  26. Great recipe, looks easy to make. thanks.

  27. Tina Nichols says:

    These look delicious! I’m sure they taste wonderful too. I saved the recipe.

  28. Sherry Compton says:

    I am all for easy recipes, and my husband is all for butter. 🙂 I really like how you have made this easier. I didn’t realize what easy to find ingredients these tarts would have.

  29. I would definitely would love to try the Easy Butter Tarts. I think it is a great plate, of which it’s on my menu later in the week.

  30. Julie Hansen says:

    They sound so good! I have really been doing a lot more baking and I love to come across new recipes that others have and give them a try. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Angela Lombardi says:

    These look so good! I love butter tarts! cant wait to make them!

  32. These look lovely, yet seem simple enough that even I could make them!

  33. Jamie Johnson says:

    Great recipe! I’m from the South, so I am going to try this with added crushed pecans. Thanks for making the recipe so easy to follow with the added pics! Great job, looks so yummy!

  34. Amber Ludwig says:

    OH they are adorable!! What delicious little treats for any brunch or coffee date!!

  35. They look so perfect and delicious.

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