Gramma's Butter Tarts


This is my grandma's recipe for butter tarts in homemade pastry.

Prep Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
24 3-inch tarts



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound lard (such as Tenderflake®)

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 11 tablespoons ice cold water

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup raisins, rinsed and patted dry

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make pastry: Whisk together flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut lard into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly. Make a well in the center; place 1 beaten egg into the well. Pour in ice-cold water and vinegar; stir with a wooden spoon until dough comes together. Divide dough into 2 balls; wrap each in waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Make filling: Beat together brown sugar and melted butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in raisins and vanilla until incorporated. Set aside.

  4. Roll out 1 ball of chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness; reserve remaining dough for another use. Using a round biscuit cutter, cut dough into circles large enough to fit into the bottom and partway up the sides of the wells of a muffin tin. Press dough circles lightly into the muffin tin to form tart shells. Fill each shell 3/4 full with raisin filling.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is bubbly and pastry is lightly browned, about 20 minutes.


If using purchased tart shells, partially pre-bake them according to package directions.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the dough ingredients. The actual amount of the dough consumed will be less, as half the dough is reserved to use later.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

326 Calories
22g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 326
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 89mg 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.

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