Best Canadian Butter Tarts – Doreen McComb’s Recipe

This is my Mom’s butter tart recipe, although she makes her own incredible pie pastry and I take the short-cut of ready-to-bake pie crust from the supermarket.

These are also known as Taffy Tarts. Some of us like raisins and or chopped nuts in our butter tarts, some of us don’t – try both ways. Runny, sticky, sweet, delicious. Makes 12-15 tarts. See the “Next Best Canadian Butter Tarts” posting for a pastry recipe if you don’t have your own.

1 cup raisins
2 T butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg, well beaten
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 pkg ready-to-bake pie crust

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. In a heat-proof bowl, pour boiling water over raisins to plump them up, then drain well.
3. Add remaining ingredients and stir mixture well.
4. Gently unroll refrigerated pie crust pastry per box directions; using a 3″ round cookie cutter (or the rim of a large drinking glass), cut out pastry disks. Gently press scraps together and roll to flatten and cut remaining disks.
5. Line regular muffin cups with pastry and spoon in about 1 T filling, pastry should be no more than two-thirds full. Warning: do not overfill, these will boil over and make it difficult to loosen the tart from the pan.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until pastry begins to look golden. Cool in pans, loosen and remove to wire racks.

3 comments to Best Canadian Butter Tarts – Doreen McComb’s Recipe

  • Linda Beamish-Moran

    Fantastic and my son in-law will be wanting these everytime we go to New York.
    I will get back to you on our family and where everyone is located….Wendy (59) is in New Port Richey with her husband, Don (69) is in Alabama, Tom (66) is in New Port Richey. Syb (63) is living in Ottawa, Dawn (54) lives in New Liskeard, and Brian (50) lives in North Bay. We get together often and have some fantastic family reunions.
    So good to hear from you.

  • Don Beamish

    Hello Folks; So good to find out where you folks are as it has been a long time since we communicated with the family.
    I remeber a lot of good times we had with the McComb Family and the good new years dinners and all the fishing that I had with my Dad and yours.Those were the best days…
    Don Beamish.

  • Linda Farmer

    Hello Beamishes! Great to hear from you both too and see where you all are now. Today would have been Dad’s 84th Birthday, I’m sure he’d have been pleased to know you remember the great times our families had together!