Classic butter tarts

Prep 20 min
Total 1 hour 40 min
Plus 1 hour 20 minutes chill
Makes 12

We set out to develop the ultimate butter tart — and we nailed it. These indulgent treats wrap a gooey, sweet filling in a perfectly flaky pastry.



1 3/4 cups
all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp
1/3 cup
cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 cup
cold lard, cubed
1 tsp
white vinegar
1/4 cup
ice water


3/4 cup
packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup
white corn syrup
2 tbsp
1/4 cup
unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp
1 tsp
white vinegar
1/8 tsp


  • WHIRL flour and salt in a food processor. Add butter and lard. Pulse until coarse crumbs form. Whisk yolk, vinegar and ice water in a small bowl. With motor running, pour through feed tube while pulsing until just combined. Wrap with plastic wrap and press into a disc. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • POSITION rack in bottom of oven. Preheat oven to 450F.
  • WHISK sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, eggs, butter, vanilla, vinegar and salt in a bowl until smooth.
  • ROLL out dough on a lightly floured surface to ⅛-in. thickness. Cut into 12 rounds using a 4 ½-in. round cookie cutter, re-rolling scraps. Gently press rounds into a 12-cup muffin pan. Press sides to adhere. Refrigerate for 20 min. Spoon 2 tbsp filling into each pastry.
  • BAKE for 8 min. Reduce heat to 400F and open oven slightly for 10 sec. Bake until filling is puffed and pastry is golden, about 7 more min. Let stand on rack for 3 min. Run a small knife around the edges of tarts and transfer to rack to cool completely.

Pulse first 4 ingredients in a food processor.

Whisk next 3 in a bowl. Pulse into flour mixture.

Wrap with plastic wrap and press into a disc. Chill for 1 hour.







Butter tarts step 4

Whisk filling ingredients
in a bowl.

Butter tarts, step 5

Roll out dough and cut into rounds. Press into muffin pan. Chill.

Butter tarts, step 6

Spoon in filling.







Chocolatey Butter Tarts: Top each tart with 2 tsp coarsely chopped dark chocolate just before baking.
Boozy Butter Tarts: Stir 1 tbsp whisky into filling just before pouring into pastry. Top each tart with 1 tsp chopped dried cranberries.
Pecan Butter Tarts: Top each tart with 1 tsp chopped pecans before baking.


Calories 276
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrates 35 g
Fat 15 g
Sodium 142 mg

Weekend baking: Classic butter tarts

Issue: January 2017

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Photo credit: Photo, Erik Putz.

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