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Butter Tart Bars

Updated on February 07, 2017
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Athlyn Green enjoys whipping up tasty dishes in her home kitchen, She's received many requests for her recipes and is happy to share these.


Butter tart bars in pan.
Butter tart bars in pan. | Source

Delicious and They Taste Like Traditional Butter Tarts

Many people love butter tarts but may not prepare them in the home kitchen because of the work involved in making them: preparing pastry, having to roll it out and cut it into rounds, preparing filling...

So how to get that great taste but without 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 delicious as butter tarts but making them is much easier.

Oftentimes, store-bought butter tarts tend to be on the sweet side, so another plus is that one can adjust ingredients to make these more buttery and not as sweet. I don't know about you but I find most store-bought butter tarts are too sweet, which ruins the buttery flavor.

When you make your own butter tart bars, you can add more nuts and raisins. So much better than store-bought tarts that at times, seem to be mostly the sugar mixture but shy on other ingredients.

Three Thumbs Up

One of my all-time favorite recipes.

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No Rolling and Cutting

Okay, so how do you make these lovelies? You make a base mixture and press it into a pan, and then you cover that with the topping mixture.

Walnuts or Pecans?

These bars can also be made with pecans.

Base Mixture

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 1/4 cup flour (scant)
  1. Use a pastry cutter and cut ingredients until crumbly and well mixed.
  2. Press into a cake pan. Use your hands to press down on mixture so that it holds together after baking.
  3. 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

Baking Tip

Avoid over-browned bottoms by double panning or place a cookie sheet on a lower oven rack.


  1. Pour topping mixture over base and spread out so all areas are covered.
  2. Bake in 325 degree oven 20-30 minutes, until top and base are cooked.
  3. Watch and if edges are getting over-browned, reduce oven heat.
  4. If desired broil for a few minutes until topping is bubbling. If doing this watch carefully, so that raisins don't burn and turn bitter.
  5. Remove from oven and slice into bars while still warm.

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Butter Tart Bars Can be Stored in a Tin and Placed in Freezer

Bars freeze well.
Bars freeze well. | Source


Bars on plate.
Bars on plate. | Source

A Tasty Treat

Butter tart bars are one of my all-time favorite recipes and I make them often, especially around Christmas. Indulge yourself with this incredibly rich-tasting treat.

4.5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Butter Tart Bars

© 2008 Athlyn Green


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      Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays

      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 9 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Adventure. Yes, they are.

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      adventure 9 years ago from U.S.A.

      These sound delicious.

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