Butter tart squares


  • Prep Time25 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 25 mins
  • Makes32 squares
Butter tart squares

Photo: Erik Putz

Making individual tarts can be finicky (who wants to deal with pie crust?). These minimal-effort squares are just as good without the hard work.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 cups cold unsalted butter, cubed


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup 35% cream

  • 2/3 cup corn syrup

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/3 cup dried cranberry, or sultans (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil two 8 x 8-in. baking pans, then line with parchment, leaving some overhang.

  • Whirl flour with granulated sugar and salt in a food processor until combined. Add cubed butter and continue whirling until a ball forms, about 1 min. Divide dough equally between prepared pans. Press dough firmly into an even layer.

  • Whisk brown sugar with eggs in a large bowl. Stir in cream, corn syrup, melted butter, and sultanas, if desired. Divide mixture evenly between pans.

  • Bake in bottom third of oven until filling is puffed, 50 to 55 min. Transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 2 hr. Cut each pan into 16 squares.

Nutrition (per square)

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

Originally published in the Today’s Parent November/December 2018 issue. Photo by Erik Putz.

This article was originally published on Nov 25, 2018

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