Butter Tart Squares

Butter Tart Squares

5 from 3 reviews

These butter tart squares are made with a shortbread base and a gooey rich filling. Add nuts or raisins or leave them just plain. They taste just as delicious as the classic butter tart but without all the fuss. They travel well so you can pack them for picnics or backyard bbq’s.


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  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed


  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins, chopped pecans, or currants (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a food processor add flour, sugar and butter. Pulse until the mixture is crumbly (you can also cut the butter into the flour mixture using 2 knives or using a pastry cutter).
  3. Pour the butter mixture into your prepared pan. Using the palm of your hand or the bottom of a glass, press the mixture evenly into the pan.
  4. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and brown sugar until well incorporated and light and fluffy. Next, add the melted butter, vinegar, flour and vanilla, mix well. Add pecans or raisins if desired and mix in with a spoon.
  6. Pour filling over the base and continue to bake for another 20-25 minutes or until set.
  7. Let cool and cut into squares.


Store butter tart squares at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Or freeze for up tp 2 months. 


Keywords: Butter Tarts, Squares, Bars, Dessert, Summer

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