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Butter Tart bars or butter tart squares are almost as easy as my homemade butter tarts! You can make these in no time at all and they are just as delicious as a real butter tart is!

Butter Tart Bars, a delicious way to get that amazing butter tart taste with a lot less work!

Butter Tart bars are almost as easy as my homemade butter tarts. Almost. You do have to make a crust for these, but it is incredibly simple to whip up and they are a crowd-pleaser, let me tell you! There is nothing like a batch of butter tart bars hidden in your freezer for when company comes over.

And I do mean hidden! If anyone knows that there are butter tart bars in the freezer, they won’t last long!

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Butter Tart Bars, a delicious way to get that amazing butter tart taste with a lot less work!

Can I put walnuts or pecans in butter tart bars?

Now, I don’t actually put any nuts in my butter tarts but I have been known to add nuts to these. It depends on what mood I am in at the time. Oh fine, it actually depends on whether or not I am organised and have nuts in my pantry to use in them. You caught me. I am pretty sure that I have lost small children in my pantry, it’s so disorganized. Which is scary because I organize it at least 6 times a year. It just won’t stay clean!

So the long answer to the short question is YES you can put nuts in these butter tart bars!

Butter Tart Bars, a delicious way to get that amazing butter tart taste with a lot less work!

Butter Tart Bars Tips and Tricks

  • Butter tart bars are THE way to get that butter tart flavour that we all love with the least amount of work possible, with maximum payout. True, they aren’t as easy as using pre-made tart shells for a few dozen butter tarts that you whip up, which is my time-saving trick, but you can bake up a couple batches of these and freeze them in no time at all.
  • Make sure to let them cool completely in the pan before you slice them!

Can I freeze butter tart bars?

Yes you can freeze butter tart bars, here’s a few tips how:

  1. Make sure to cut them before you freeze them – I find that it’s just easier to slice bars before they head to the freezer.
  2. Get a good quality plastic container and you can freeze two layers of bars at a time, following step three below.
  3. To prevent freezer burn try to wrap the bars one layer at a time with plastic wrap. I find that putting them in a plastic sealed container doesn’t always prevent freezer burn. Make sure that there is wrap between the layers.

How long can I freeze them for?

If you follow the steps above there is no reason that they won’t last in your freezer for 1-2 months. It’s wrapping them so that you don’t get freezer burn OR take on any of the other “scents” in the freezer as well.

If you are looking for another retro recipe that is seriously the bomb, try my Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares / Confetti Bars as pictured above. Now THESE don’t last in the freezer, mainly because they taste amazing frozen!So who here makes butter tart bars? Has made them? WILL make them?

Happy baking babes!

Love,

Karlynn

4 from 21 votes
Butter Tart Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Tart
Servings: 16 squares
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
Crust 
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
Top Layer
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups  of raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts optional
Instructions
  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl until crumbly.
  2. Press the mixture into an ungreased 9x9  pan and pop into the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, until browned.
  3. Combine your brown sugar and your eggs together well.
  4. Add in the rest of your ingredients.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until beautifully browned, about 18-20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Pecans and walnuts are exceptionally good in this!

Nutrition Facts
Butter Tart Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 131mg 5%
Potassium 257mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 7.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. I ‘m another Canadian making buttertart squares!
    I made 1.5 times the recipe to fill a 9×13 pan.
    I used an oatmeal shortbread crust to replace the plain flour one (replace 1/3 the flour with ground oatmeal and add a bit of vanilla extract).
    I used equal amounts of raisins and chopped pecans.
    Yum!

  2. Couldn’t believe how incredibly easy these were to make. I brought these to co-workers for a Canada Day treat. Huge hit! They didn’t last long. Next time, I’ll need to double the recipe.

  3. Hi, I’m so excited to make this recipe! How many days ahead can I make and store the mess yummy treats before serving them? Thank you!

  4. I’m Canadian and thought what are the chances…I just finished cross referencing this recipe to a recipe i’ve had since childhood. Growing up my knick name was Betty Crocker. HaHa…
    The only difference in this recipe compared to mine is 1cup of brown sugar vs my 1.5! It’s been so long and I’m so excited to make them! I know they’ll be fanatastic.

  5. Sarah Landis Reply

    Just made the Butter Tart Bars and they are AMAZING!!! If you love pecan pie you will definitely enjoy these bars. They were very easy to make and perfect for the holidays.

  6. I almost cried when I saw this recipe. I an Alberta native (Cold Lake) who transplanted to the Eastern U.S, and I miss butter tarts around the holidays. I usually make the bars (and those PITA shells) from scratch but found myself short on time this Thanksgiving. So, to the interwebs I went, skeptical, of course that the recipes I would find wouldn’t be authentic Canadian. My fears are assuaged!

    I’m making two pans of these for “Friendsgiving”

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

    • I almost cried when I saw this recipe. I an Alberta native (Cold Lake) who transplanted to the Eastern U.S, and I miss butter tarts around the holidays. I usually make the bars (and those PITA shells) from scratch but found myself short on time this Thanksgiving. So, to the interwebs I went, skeptical, of course that the recipes I would find wouldn’t be authentic Canadian. My fears are assuaged!

      I’m making two pans of these for “Friendsgiving”

      Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

      (What gave it away was the confetti bars!)

  7. Excellent recipe! It will look really giggily in the middle but it’ll settle as it cools. I like mine runny so I let them cook until medium brown. The edges / outer areas were solid and the inner area runny. Loved these squares and usually have all the ingredients in the cupboard. They were raved about and I’ll definitely be making them again!

  8. should the butter be cold when baking the base of the butter tar barrrrrrrrrrr

  9. for a truly new taste – use craisins (dried cranberries) – utterly awesome.  (No nuts)

  10. Oh my gosh! I’ve done silly things like that I am supposed to know better! If only you knew all the recipes that had to be started ALL over again!

  11. Thanks for the simple recipe! It turned out tasty but more chewy and the raisins dryer than anticipated… It wasn’t until I found the butter in the microwave that I realized what was missing!!!! I was such a dumb***- how could I possibly forget the butter in the BUTTER tarts!!!! (:()

    Tomorrow perhaps I’ll give it a 2nd go! 😉

    C.

  12. Hi Karlynn! These got me so craving for butter tarts but decided to make this instead because I did not have shortening to make actual butter tarts. The butter (sugar, eggs, raisins etc.,) was delicious but my crust came out half chewy, half crunchy…not sure what I did wrong? In any case, the taste is still heavenly just uncertain bottom…I love your website/FB page…I am a huge fan of your buttercream icing! 🙂

    • Thanks for reminding me these are on my Christmas baking list! Let’s see. A couple things might be that the butter/flour/brown sugar wasn’t mixed together enough it needs to be very well mixed, no pea if you used margarine with a high water content -diet ones etc- or the brown sugar was stuck together making crunchy bits -so done this. The crust has never failed me! Yet. I better watch out saying that. Try mixing it really well, using fully loaded margarine (you can bake it longer than butter) a slightly lower oven temp and baking it longer. I hope it works because these are just amazing!

      Glad you love my icing and really glad you’re sticking around reading more!

    • wolf_eyes78 Reply

      @Scoop did you bake the crust and let it cool completely? And butter mixture back to room temp before adding it on top??  I’ve found that to be my prob in the past. 

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