Mrs Welch's Butter Tarts


A good friend, Mrs Welch, gave me this recipe in the mid 1970's. It's fail-proof, it's delicious, and it's quick-and-easy using ingredients I usually have on-hand.

close up view of a pile of Butter Tarts on a cooling rack
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
12 3-inch tarts


  • 12 (3 inch) unbaked tart shells

  • ¾ cup raisins

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (Optional)

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup corn syrup

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place tart shells on a baking sheet; sprinkle raisins and walnuts evenly between shells.

  3. Whisk brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, egg, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl; pour mixture evenly over raisins and walnuts into tart shells.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is set and crust is golden, about 35 minutes.

Cook's Note:

One of the packaged pastry mixes (such as Robin Hood(R)) works well if you aren't inclined to make your own pastry. This is best with an unsweetened tart shell. The filling is sweet enough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
13g Fat
41g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 145mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 110mg 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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