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Butter Tart Squares

Are you craving a butter tart but don't want to fuss with the pasty? These squares are quick and easy to bake up. The filling sits over a shortbread style crust. These Butter Tart squares do not have nuts or raisins. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a small baking sheet. The recipe below fits into a 9x9 pan.
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (do not substitute this with margarine)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (again, do not substitute this with margarine)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  1. Stir together first amount of flour and white sugar.
  2. Cut in cold butter until very fine crumb. Press into lightly buttered pan, or pan lined with parchment.
  3. Bake in 350º oven for 12 minutes. 
  4. While crust is baking beat together eggs and brown sugar.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and blend well with a hand beater. 
  6. Pour this mixture over the warm crust.
  7. Bake in 350º oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove and allow to cool in pan. Cut and store in air tight container. Freeze well. 


  1. This looks wonderful and so easy! Would it be okay to add raisins to the topping? Also, do these freeze well? Thank you.

    1. LOL I just read in your recipe that they do freeze well!!

  2. these are a common sweet at our table, a family favorite,, almost the same recipe except we don't have vinegar in ours,, our family adds chopped nuts and sometimes a coffee flavored frosting,, these are great squares that keep great if they don't all get gobbled up! Yours look perfect!

  3. That's weird....I honestly thought "buttertarts" had raisins! But this is great, I know many people who don't like raisins anyways.

    1. Yes, lots of people put raisins in Butter tarts and in these kind of squares. I do put raisins in my butter tarts...but I don't in these....but you can. It's personal preference.

  4. Oh I think I gained 3 pounds just reading this yummy post. I wish you all the joys of the season Ellen and may this week be Merry and Bright for you.

  5. This looks like a "favourite" recipe!!!! Yum.

  6. I am highly allergic to dairy and these look SO good. SO can't I make these with my dairy free margarine?

    1. I'm really not sure because I'm not familiar with that product. The only way to know would be to try it. I hope it turns out for you.

  7. I was wondering if by "small baking sheet" you meant a half sheet pan or perhaps a jelly roll pan? Thanks for the info!


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