Maple syrup butter tart squares

Prep 20 min
Total 1 hour 20 min
Plus Cooling time
Makes 16 squares



2 cups
all-purpose flour
1/4 cup
granulated sugar
1/2 tsp
1 cup
cold unsalted butter, cubed


1 cup
brown sugar
1/2 cup
35% cream
1/3 cup
1 tbsp
unsalted butter, melted


  • POSITION rack in bottom third of oven. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil an 8 × 8-in. baking dish, then line with overhanging parchment.
  • WHIRL flour with granulated sugar and salt in a food processor until combined. Add cubed butter and continue whirling until a ball forms, 1 min. Press dough firmly into an even layer in prepared dish.
  • WHISK brown sugar with eggs in a large bowl. Stir in cream, maple syrup and melted butter. Pour over dough.
  • BAKE in bottom third of oven until filling is puffed, about 1 hour. Transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 2 hours.


A lesson on butter
Cold butter is ideal for baked goods that should be crisp. Butter that’s straight from the fridge doesn’t get fully incorporated into a batter; instead it gets broken down into small pieces throughout your dough. Since butter is about 18% water, steam is released in those pockets during baking, which helps create flaky layers. Use it in: scones, pie crust, biscuits and crispy cookies.


Calories 280, Protein 3 g, Carbohydrates 33 g, Fat 16 g, Sodium 89 mg.

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