Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts are considered one of only a few recipes of genuinely Canadian origin. The earliest published Canadian recipe is from Barrie, Ontario dating back to 1900 and can be found in The Women’s Auxiliary of the Royal Victoria Hospital Cookbook.


While there are many recipes to be found online, I find many of them to be too fancy, I think simple is best for butter tarts, I don't even like raisins or walnuts in mine.  I've had this recipe for years and years, I do not know the original source.

Step 1:
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl:
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1C corn syrup
  • 1C sugar
  • 1/4C melted butter
  • 1t vanilla

Step 2:
Pour filling into 24 frozen tart shells (or feel free to make your own) - 1/3 full

Step 3:
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Family Thoughts:


As I said, these are my favourites!  I've bought many a butter tart in the store or at markets and many of them just don't do it for me.  These ones are gooey, soft and above all, tasty!  Kiddos love them too, and there's nothing for sticky fingers to pick out of them (but feel free to add raisins, walnuts, pecans, etc.. if that works for you).


  1. So, here's a question for you.....the corn syrup that we use in recipes like this - is it the "high fructose corn syrup" that we are supposed to be avoiding or is it something different?

  2. Not the same thing - Corn syrup is distinct from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is created when corn syrup undergoes enzymatic processing, producing a sweeter compound that contains higher levels of fructose.

  3. Guess what I made this morning?! I used a slightly different recipe though - will be posting over @MultiTestingMom LOL

  4. Delicious! I like the simplicity of it. Check my blog if you want: yummyfromscratch.blogspot.com

  5. I love butter tarts! I make them every Christmas and I can't find the recipe I usually use, so I'm going to use yours! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. OMGosh!! I can't believe how simple it would be to make butter tarts. Oh this means I'm in trouble, 'cause they're my fave dessert. :D

  7. OMG I just lost my recipe last night! I was just telling my husband how I would walk a mile for a butter tart right now, then I come here and find this......YUMMALICIOUS!!!

  8. I LOVE butter tarts and I've been trying to find one that uses corn syrup. I have dark corn syrup. Will that work?

    1. Yup, dark corn syrup will work, or even maple syrup! Let us know what you think :)

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  10. I can't believe how simple it would be to make butter tarts i always wanted to make them

  11. Those look amazing and the recipe so basic - I might have to give it a try!

  12. these are my favourite, love butter tarts, never made them with maple syrup always just use corn syrup, but I love this recipe nice and easy

  13. Butter Tarts are my husband's FAV!

  14. I made the recipe for my hubby and he loved them!

  15. Very nice to see that you don't put nuts or raisins in your butter tarts.


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