Sunday, November 22, 2009

Grandma's Butter Tarts

Whenever we would go to Grandma's house, we would sit down to visit. And it wouldn't be long before she would say "There are butter tarts in the freezer". My sister couldn't remember eating a butter tart that wasn't frozen. And boy were they good. She would always put nuts in them though, and I never liked nuts.
A few years ago my husband and I were visiting, and she gave me her recipe. And so now I make my own without nuts. And I LOVE them. My sister and I were pregnant at the same time, and we both went through nesting stages. We both made a bunch of butter tarts, so that when people came over to see the baby we could say "There are butter tarts in the freezer."

I will type out the single recipe, but I made a double batch in the pictures, that's why it looks like much more than what the recipe calls for. Also I haven't mastered the art of making my own pastry yet, so these are in store bought tart shells.

Butter Tarts

1 cup raisins
1 cup brown sugar
2 T butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Melt your butter in a bowl

Add brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix well.

Now here is the important part. Your mixture to this point is ok, but a little thick.
So POUR HOT WATER over the raisins.

Then add your raisins to the mixture, and mix well.

Put into tart shells.

Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.


  1. YUM...these look terrific and I feel the intense need to have some butter tarts in my freezer :) Thanks for sharing.


  2. delicious!

    by the way... love the header photo of your recipe box :)

  3. Those look really yummy! And thanks for sharing the story too; recipes that get passed down are a treasure.

  4. Oh my those sound decadent and delish!

  5. what a good idea, i love this blog! I love making things from my grandmothers recipe box too! they're always good, but never as good as my grandmothers!!!

  6. Oh these are adorable and sound delicious!

  7. I love to have treats in the freezer like that. :) These sound great!

  8. Oh my...very nice and congrats on the foodie blogroll!


  9. I love the idea of working through your grandma's recipe box. How awesome. I'm looking forward to future posts!


  10. Those butter tarts look delicious! I can see why they are so special.