Grandma's Butter Tarts on a serving tray
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Grandma’s Butter Tarts

a classic family recipe that has been loved for decades
Course Dessert
Keyword christmas, christmas baking, Holiday Baking
Servings 12 Tarts
Author Jessica


  • 1 Sweet Dough Pie Crust recipe top and bottom crust required (see linked recipe above)
  • 2 cups Hot Water boiling
  • 1 cup Golden Raisins
  • ½ cup Butter softened
  • cup Brown Sugar well packed
  • ½ cup Dark Corn Syrup
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ½ cup Pecans chopped (optional)


  • Prepare 2 pie crusts, cut into 4” diameter circles and press into muffin tin.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • In a small bowl combine the hot water and golden raisins. Let the raisins soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drain off the water and set raisins aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine butter, brown sugar, dark corn syrup, egg, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • With a hand mixer, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed until mixture is well combined.
  • Fold in raisins and chopped pecans.
  • Portion batter equally into prepared muffin tin pie crusts.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until pie crusts are golden brown and the mixture is bubbling.
  • Let cool completely before removing butter tarts from the muffin pan.