Best Raisin Currant Butter Tarts


Homemade pastry is cut into 4-inch rounds and fitted into muffin pans. It is then filled with a butter, brown sugar and raisin and currant filling. Bigger (and better) than the tarts you would buy in a store.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
36 (3-inch) tarts



  • 5 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 cups shortening

  • ¾ cup ice water, or as needed

  • cooking spray


  • 5 cups brown sugar

  • 1 ⅔ cups butter, softened

  • 5 eggs, beaten

  • cup milk

  • 5 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ¼ cups raisins

  • 1 ¼ cups dried currants


  1. Whisk flour and salt together in a large bowl; cut in the shortening with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, until the flour mixture is moistened. When you squeeze a handful of the moistened pastry mixture, it should form a ball. Divide dough in half and shape into balls.

  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Spray 36 muffin cups with cooking spray.

  3. Roll pastry out 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 4-inch rounds; press rounds into the bottom and up sides of muffin cups to make tart shells.

  4. Beat brown sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy; beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla extract just until combined. Stir raisins and currants into butter mixture; fill tart shells with mixture 2/3-full.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes; leaving oven closed, reduce temperature to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and bake until filling is bubbly and pastry is lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
21g Fat
53g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 167mg 4%

* 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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