Butter Tarts


These butter tarts are from a delicious old family recipe from my daughter-in-law's family in Southern Mississippi. Liquid coffee creamer can be used for cream. Use any good pie pastry for shells, or buy the frozen variety.

mid angle looking at a few butter tarts cooling on a cooling rack
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
2 dozen


  • 30 (2 inch) unbaked tart shells

  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C). Arrange tart shells on a baking sheet.

    empty tart shells arranged on a baking sheet.

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  2. Beat sugar, butter, and eggs together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy.

    sugar, butter and eggs together in a large bowl beaten until creamy

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  3. Stir in raisins, walnuts, and cream until thoroughly combined. Spoon batter into tart shells, no more than half full.

    Raisins, walnuts, and cream being mixed into creamed butter and sugar

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    butter tarts filled on a baking sheet

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  4. Bake tarts in the preheated oven until pastry is golden and filling is set, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow tarts to cool on a wire rack.

    perfectly golden-brown butter tarts cooling on a wire rack

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

641 Calories
32g Fat
86g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 641
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 86g 31%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 50g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 321mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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