On the First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Butter Tarts! Today starts my 12 Days of Christmas! Throughout the next 12 days, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Christmas recipes. And, head on over to my Etsy Shop for a different sale each day!
Have you ever had a butter tart? If you’re not Canadian, chances are slim, but let me tell you, these babies are like heaven on earth! This Canadian dessert pairs a flaky pastry crust with a gooey, caramel, buttery center. Whether you’re Canadian or not, you’ll love this dessert!
This recipe was given to me by my Mom, in this little handwritten cookbook she gave me when I first went to college. The recipe has been used so many times, part of the pages are peeled from the sugar sticking to it, and there is schmutz all over the recipe too.
Back in Canada, we were able to buy tart shells (which are just individual sized pie crusts) in the frozen section of the grocery store. If you can find the shells, buy them. It makes it sooooooo easy to make this dessert – 30 minute dessert from start to finish easy. I found some shells a few weeks ago at our local Kroger in the baking aisle. Take a look. If you’ can’t find them, follow the attached recipe for pie dough, and press into a muffin tin. Fill and bake according to recipe directions.
I love the simplicity of the filling in this recipe. It’s basically just butter and sugar, so you get this rich molasses flavor. Mom’s recipe calls for raisins in the bottom of the tart shells before filling, but I don’t like raisins, so I always make a few plain for myself. If raisins aren’t your thing either, you can add; pecans, walnuts or chocolate chips, or be like me and leave them plain. However you make them, you’ll love them!
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/4 cup golden flavor crisco
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup raisins
- tart shells or 1 recipe pie dough, rolled out and pressed into muffin tins.
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Step 2 Combine all ingredients except raisins.
- Step 3 Put raisins in bottom of pastry shells.
- Step 4 Fill each shell 3/4 full.
- Step 5 Bake 12-15 minutes
*DON’T over bake. Under baking makes them runnier.
Tomorrow: 12 Days of Christmas – Day 2: Christmas Party Appetizer – BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Mushrooms