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Recipes for Butter Tarts

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These traditional Canadian pastries feature small pastry shells filled with a mixture of butter, brown sugar, eggs, and other tasty additions. This page contains recipes for butter tarts.


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These are little stick shaped cookies. There is not an overabundance of sugar in this recipe.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 Tbsp. confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp. water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans and/or almonds
  • confectioners sugar


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In large bowl cream butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla, and water. Using electric mixer on medium speed, slowly add flour and nuts.

Shape small finger length cookies out of this dough. Place them on an un-greased baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes.

Roll in confectioners sugar. Cool on wire rack. Roll them again in confectioners sugar.

Servings: 3 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

By Robyn from TN

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
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  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Cream butter well and cream into flour and white sugar. Press this into ungreased 9x9 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Then mix filling ingredients together. Spread this evenly over baked base and return to oven and bake to 20 minutes longer or until golden brown.

Very delicious.

Source: United Church Cookbook

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  • sifted flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 10 Tbsp. shortening
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and salt in bowl. Cut in shortening until crumbly. Add 3 tablespoons water, mixing well.

Divide dough into 24 portions. Roll out and line tart or muffin cups. Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons flour with sugars in bowl. Beat egg, milk and vanilla together in small bowl. Add to sugar mixture, mixing well. Stir in butter and nuts. Fill pastry shells. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until set.
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