December 5, 2018

Butter Tart Squares

Recipe: Amy Rosen

These squares have all the delicious flavor of a true butter tart but require half the effort, as the crust and filling are simply layered in the a baking pan. For added holiday color, try swapping out the raisins for chopped maraschino cherries.



  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp flour


Yield: Makes 24 squares

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. To make base, cut butter into dry ingredients with a pastry blender until crumbly, then add vanilla and stir until combined. Press into ungreased 9 inch x 13 inch pan.
2. For filling, mix all ingredients together and pour over base. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool, then cut into squares.


John Cullen


House & Home December 2011