Becel Plant-Based "Butter" Tarts

Plant-based meets patriotic with this Canadian classic. Rich, flaky, perfectly sweet – a dozen may not be enough.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
32 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 12 mins
12 "butter" tarts


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup Becel® Unsalted Plant-Based Bricks

  • 3 tablespoons iced water

  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar, divided

  • ½ cup light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup corn syrup

  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons Becel® Unsalted Plant-Based Bricks, melted

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease 12 nonstick muffin cups; set aside.

  2. Combine flour with salt in medium bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup Becel Unsalted Plant-Based Bricks with pastry blender or fingertips just until large crumbs begin to form. Whisk water with 1 teaspoon vinegar. Add just enough water mixture to flour mixture to form dough, while stirring flour mixture with fork. Shape into a ball, then cover with plastic wrap; flatten dough into a disc. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

  3. Whisk brown sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, egg, 2 tablespoons melted Becel Unsalted Plant-Based Bricks, vanilla and remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar. Roll dough on lightly floured surface about 1/4-inch (0.5 cm) thick. Cut out 12 (4-inch/10 cm) circles, using a lightly floured glass or circle cutter. Press circles into prepared muffin cups. Fill cups evenly with pecans, then brown sugar mixture.

  4. Bake 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake an additional 10 minutes or until deep golden. Let stand in pan 2 minutes, then remove to wire rack and cool completely.

Cook's Notes:

To make this recipe vegan, omit the egg in the filling and replace with an additional 2 tablespoons (30 mL) melted Becel and 2-1/2 to 3 teaspoons (12 mL to 15 mL) cornstarch.

The metric measures for this recipe are as follows: 375 mL all-purpose flour, 1 mL salt, 125 mL plus 30 mL Becel Unsalted Plant-Based Bricks, 45 mL iced water, 10 mL white vinegar, 125 mL firmly packed light brown sugar, 60 mL corn syrup, 30 mL pure maple syrup, 5 mL vanilla extract, and 120 mL chopped pecans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

143 Calories
4g Fat
25g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 48mg 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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