Butter Tart Bars

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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!

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Butter Tart Bars

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

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!

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Butter Tart Bars

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.

stack of Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares / Confetti Bars on blue background

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!



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Butter Tart Bars

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!
4.98 from 92 votes
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Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
16 squares
Karlynn Johnston



  • 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 teaspoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup  butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups  of raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
  • Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl until crumbly.
  • Press the mixture into an ungreased 9x9  pan and pop into the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, until browned.
  • Combine your brown sugar and your eggs together well.
  • Add in the rest of your ingredients.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until beautifully browned, about 18-20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Pecans and walnuts are exceptionally good in this!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 280kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 131mg, Potassium: 257mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 295IU, Vitamin C: 1.2mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1.4mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Cindy says

    Delicious!! Only had 8×8 so crust was a little thick but will make again for sure!! The best of a butter tart without a tart shell! A big hit with our family!4 stars

  2. JBagwell says

    Is there a way to compensate for leaving out the raisins? I just really don’t care for them, but this recipe looks amazing otherwise

  3. Carley says

    I made a double batch, for the crust I used a pastry cutter and cold butter and worked it until it was chunky crumbles, didn’t make a dough… and lowered the raisins to 1 cup per.. 1.5 seemed to be a lot haha. Used an extra 1/2 tbsp of flour to coat the raisins and I didn’t add them until after I poured the top layer into the pan, I laid them on top then used a spoon to work them in. Added 1/3 cup chocolate chips to one pan before putting in the oven. They turned out AMAZING. I will forever use this recipe haha. Thank you!5 stars

  4. Hailey says

    Very easy recipe… my squares turned out delicious!

    For the base, I didn’t melt the butter. I cut the butter into small room temperature cubes and mixed in my standing mixture. I mixed it for 8-ish minutes on low and it combined into a doughy texture that was easily moldable to the bottom of the pan. It starts out looking very dry/crumbly when you first mix it, so don’t take it out until it starts to look doughy!

    As for the topping, I prepared the butter the same way – into mini room temperature cubes. I mixed it on a fairly high setting for about 6 minutes. The butter didn’t combine perfectly into the mixture, there were still little visible flecks of butter in the mixture. Once I baked it, it turned out perfect!!

    Lastly, I used a 7 by 11 pan, so to compensate I cooked the bottom for 25 mins and the topping for 23 minutes.

    Hope this helps someone else, I didn’t find the answer to this in the comments 🙂5 stars

  5. TvH says

    Yum! I added an extra 8 minutes cooking time, because my oven is a bit low. They’re great! Easy recipe, too. Thank you very much.5 stars

  6. Carolyn says

    Just made these Butter tart squares in a 9×9 pan as it said. Top layer is not very well defined like it Karrlyn,s picture. But they taste great! Perhaps an 8×8 pan and a bit longer bake time next time.4 stars

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