My Nana's Butter Tarts

These are the tarts Nana would make every Christmas, although she would make her own tart shells. I've simplified it and buy the shells already made. These are easy and delicious and so difficult to stop at just one!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 dozen butter tarts


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup dried currants

  • 1 egg

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 12 (3 inch) unbaked tart shells


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Whisk brown sugar, currants, egg, butter, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Spoon into tart shells; place tarts on a baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute brandy extract for the vanilla extract.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
10g Fat
41g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* 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.