Butter Tarts

Canadian Butter Tarts

Canadian Butter Tarts

Use a muffin tin or tart pan. Greasing it (even a non-stick) helps with removal and also helps brown the crust. I use a 3 1/2-inch biscuit cutter and when you re-roll the dough for the last circle or two, try to cut it a little bigger since it will pull back in size.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Makes: 12 tarts

Canadian Butter Tarts


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk (I use 1%)
  • 5 Tablespoons oil (I use extra-light olive oil)
  • Filling:
  • 3 Tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Grease a 12-cup tart or muffin pan with butter.
  3. Combine flour, salt, milk, and oil in a bowl and stir with a fork until it forms a ball.
  4. Shape it by hand into a smooth ball and roll between 2 sheets of floured wax paper to 1/8-inch thickness (about a 10 x 14-inch oval).
  5. Cut out as many 3 1/2-inch circles as you can (I get 10 or 11). Re-roll the dough for remaining 1 or 2 circles.
  6. Place a circle in the bottom of each muffin/tart cup.
  7. Filling:
  8. In a small bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, egg & vanilla for 1 minute.
  9. Spoon filling into dough cups.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes and remove tarts from pan.

Options: For a gooier filling, reduce sugar to 1/3 cup, increase butter to 4 Tbsp, and add 3 tablespoons of corn syrup or 2 tablespoons of Lyle’s Golden Syrup.

For more on this recipe in my blog click here.

4 Comments on "Canadian Butter Tarts"

  1. Lisa

    Thank you for this recipe! My husband misses his mom’s baking from Christmas and I wanted to do a “light” version. Look forward to trying this out

  2. Sandy

    Love your recipes, making bread almost every day. I love the easiness of your recipes and how quick they are. You must be Canadian, especially when I saw the recipe for Butter Tarts. I have many Canadian Friends who come from Canada to winter in AZ and they always made the butter tarts.
    Your site is well done. Martha could take a lesson from you.

    Thanks again.

  3. Janet

    Hi! Do you have a way of saving the recipes I get in the e-mail.Janet Stenson

    • Jenny

      You have to go to my website and each recipe has a “print” button. When you click that you should have the option to either print the recipe or save it as a pdf.

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