Cape Breton "Pork" Pies


The name of this recipe is a little misleading as there is no pork in these sweet treats! These delicious Cape Breton tarts are made with crisp cookie shells filled with a sweetened date mixture and topped with thick maple icing. Use more or less icing on each tart depending on how sweet you like them.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
48 tarts


Tart Shells:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces and softened


  • 2 ¼ cups chopped pitted dates

  • 1 cup water

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 ¼ cups confectioners' sugar

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1 teaspoon maple extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Make the tart shells: Sift flour and confectioners' sugar into a bowl. Cut in butter, then knead until well blended. Form dough into forty-eight 3/4-inch balls. Place one ball into each cavity of two 24-cup mini muffin tins. Press balls into the bottom and up the sides of each cup to form a shell.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until pale gold, about 16 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pans. Use a knife to gently loosen and remove cooled tarts from the pan.

  4. While the tarts are baking, make the filling: Combine dates, water, brown sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil gently for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly and mashing dates with a fork as they cook. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Allow filling to cool.

  5. While the filling is cooling, make the icing: Cream butter in a small bowl with an electric mixer. Gradually add 1 cup confectioners' sugar while continuing to mix. Add remaining sugar, milk, and maple extract; beat on high speed until smooth and thick enough to pipe. Spoon icing into a pastry bag fitted with a small round or star-shaped tip.

  6. Spoon filling into tart shells. Pipe a swirl of icing onto each tart.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

119 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 119
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 58mg 1%

* 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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