11/12 Days of Christmas Baking

Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer

We’re Canadians, guys—we’re practically required to like butter tarts. Along with poutine, Nanaimo bars, and Tourtière, it is one of the few dishes that can actually be classified as authentic “Canadian” cuisine. This recipe is a neat twist on the Christmas classic. The original recipe is from Canadian Living and can be found here.

Butter Tart Squares


  • 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) salted butter


  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) salted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) raisins
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped walnuts


  1. In a bowl, mix flour with sugar; using pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly. Press into 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan; bake in 350˚F oven for 15 minutes.
  2. Filling: In a bowl, mix butter with eggs; blend in sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt. Stir in raisins and walnuts; pour over base.
  3. Bake in 350°F oven until top springs back when touched lightly, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Cut into squares.

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