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Butter Tart Squares | Culinary Cool www.culinary-cool.com

Butter Tart Squares

A quick and easy twist on a Canadian classic
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword Butter Tart, Shortbread bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 squares



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, or raisins optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment. Set aside


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and powdered sugar until crumbly. When squeezed in your hands, the dough should hold together. Transfer to the lined baking pan, and press the dough into the pan evenly.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.


  • Combine eggs, brown sugar, melted butter, baking powder, salt and vanilla in a large bowl (use the same bowl as the crust - it saves dishes!). Whisk until combined.
  • Pour over crust, and sprinkle with pecans or raisins, if using, and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until the filling has set and the top has browned.
  • Allow to cool completely in the pan before removing, and cutting into bars or squares. If you pop them into the fridge, they’re easier to cut.