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Grandma’s French Canadian Butter Tarts

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“I remember as a little girl visiting Grandma in northern Ontario and always wondering what kind of treats she would have ready for us. These old fashion butter tarts were always our favorite. She told me when she was young, white sugar was sometimes scarce, and so her mother always used maple syrup as a sweetener in baking. The taste is absolutely decadent.”
1hr 45mins
24 tarts

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare muffin pans by rolling out pie dough and cutting 5-1/2 inch (approx) circles; fit dough circles into muffin cups; set aside in fridge until ready to fill. (I use the top of a Kraft peanut butter jar.).
  2. In a small bowl, place raisins and cover with hot tap water; let stand on the counter for 30 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together the soft butter, brown sugar, salt, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Stir well until sugar is dissolved and butter is creamed.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Drain raisins.
  6. Retrieve tart shells and divide raisins equally into all shells; then divide butter mixture into all tarts.
  7. Bake at 400°F for 15-25 minutes; filling will be lightly browned but still bubbling. Runny tarts – 15 minutes. Firm tarts – 20-25 minutes.
  8. Let cooked butter tarts cool in pans for 10 minutes after removing from oven; then remove and place on racks until completely cool.

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