Christmas cookies – Butter Tarts

Back when we lived in Alberta, it was a tradition every year for my closest girlfriends to get together and do some Christmas baking, and Joleen’s butter tarts were always at the top on the list of things to make!  Sadly, all but one of us have moved away from that town now (although I’m the farthest away in Ontario) but we’ll see each other next month at a scrapbooking/visiting weekend and I can’t wait.  These butter tarts are delicious and so easy to make – but don’t tell anyone that and just accept the compliments that will come your way.  These also freeze really well so you can make them early like I did and keep them safe by freezing them until you need them!



  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup raisins
  • tart shells (I got 50 tarts out of one batch of filling)


  1. Mix together all of the ingredients.
  2. Fill tart shells 3/4 full.
  3. Bake at 400°F for 8 minutes, then decrease oven heat to 325°F and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.  Tarts are done when they are nice and brown on top.

5 Comments on Christmas cookies – Butter Tarts

  1. Jena
    October 22, 2011 at 11:58 PM (6 years ago)

    I’d never heard of butter tarts till I moved here to BC. I confess, I don’t understand the love these things get. I think they look delicious, but every time I try a bite–, well, meh. It just doesn’t do anything for me. Oh well–more for those who do love them, I guess.

    • Stacey
      October 23, 2011 at 9:18 AM (6 years ago)

      Store bought ones aren’t usually as good as homemade :)

      • Jena
        October 23, 2011 at 4:14 PM (6 years ago)

        I’ve never had store-bought ones. Always tried the ones my friends make.

  2. Samorjj
    November 2, 2011 at 3:08 AM (6 years ago)

    These look amazing. I love a good butter tart with a cup of tea. Reminds me of Christmas at grandma’s house as a little girl.


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