recipe: butter tart deliciousness

snacky, originally uploaded by vanityandsanity.

Butter tart is on the bottom right; shortbread on the bottom left and, of course, Timmy Ho’s is at the top. 

They are rich, sweet and totally sinful! A must for the holidays.


  • 12 tart shells (I use premade; you can make your own from scratch if you wish)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 75 ml (1/3 cup) melted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 25 ml (1 tsp) cream
  • 5 ml vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Soak raisins in small amount of water- just enough to moisten- and place in microwave for one minute on high. This is a ‘family secret’ passed down from my grandmother to my mother and now to me. It softens the raisins and makes the tarts even better.
  3. Combine ingredients one at a time
  4. Fill tart shells one half full
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until nicely browned

Wait until they are completely cool before devouring. Or, you may freeze them, separating each layer with some wax paper; they keep for a couple of weeks.

Be forewarned that if you share these, people may beg you for them annually!

Next time we make these, I think I might try soaking the raisins in rum instead of water. I think it could add a nice zing.


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