Butter Tart Bars--The Same Great Taste Without All the Work

Buttery... And Oh, So Rich


Delicious and They Taste Like Traditional Butter Tarts

Many people love butter tarts but may not make them often because of having to make the pastry first, then having to roll it out and cut it. How to get that great taste, sans the hassle?

I came across this recipe years ago and was so pleased with the flavor of these bars I've been making them ever since. They are that good. They taste every bit as good as butter tarts but the process is much easier.

One can adjust ingredients to make these more buttery, as well. Oftentimes, store-bought butter tarts tend to be on the sweet side.

A Little Taste of Heaven


Walnuts or Pecans?

Butter tart bars can also be made with pecans.

Recipe for Butter Tart Bars


3/4 cup butter

3 tbsp. sugar

2 1/4 cup flour

Mix together with a pastry cutter and press into a cake pan. Use your hands to press down on mixture so that it holds together after baking. Bake 5 min. at 325 degrees. Remove from oven.

While crust is baking, prepare butter tart topping.

Alternate Method

I like to lightly boil my butter and brown sugar mixture first for a couple of minutes. This helps the topping mixture develop a nice thickened texture. Set aside while combining other ingredients then stir in and keep stirring until all ingredients are mixed.

Topping Mixture

Combine in a bowl:

3 eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup of melted butter (melt prior to adding to bowl)

1 1/2 tbsp. vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2- 1 cup light brown raisins

1/2- 1 cup chopped walnuts


Spread topping mixture over base, so all areas are covered.

Bake in 325 degree oven 20-30 minutes, until top and base are cooked. If desired broil for a few minutes until topping is bubbling.

Remove from oven and slice into bars while still warm.

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A Tasty Treat

Butter tart bars are truly a favorite with an unbelievably rich flavor. Indulge yourself with this tasty treat.

Chewy Goodness

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Athlyn Green 4 years ago from West Kootenays Author

These are easy to make and they are buttery and delicious. The base is close to pie crust and the topping is to die for. I make butter tart bars every year for the holidays.

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tdarby 7 years ago

Athlyn Green, Thanks for a great recipe. Seems easy, quick and delicious. A truly unbeatable combination!

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Athlyn Green 8 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Adventure. Yes, they are.

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adventure 8 years ago from U.S.A.

These sound delicious.

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