Canadian Butter Tarts

 So as a Canadian living aboard I feel it is my patriotic duty to propagate Canadian culture wherever I go. So this year when deciding what holiday treats to whip up for my favourite Hungry Ghost Baristas and coworkers, I settled on the Canadian Christmas Classic, Butter Tarts. I packaged up each tart in a holiday box accompanied by a Christmas note (and explanation of the Canadianisms of this truly festive dessert).  They were loved by all who received them. Merry Christmas!

Canadian Butter Tarts

Makes 24 tarts


  • 24 small tart shells (shortbread are the traditional shells to use but they can be hard to procure in the USA)
  • 1/2 cup of raisin
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 2 1/2 cups of packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of  vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and line up your tart shells on two cookie sheets (12 per sheet)
  2. Sprinkle raisins and walnut pieces into the bottoms of each tart. Distribute evenly among all 24 tarts.
  3. Melt butter
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar and vanilla.
  5. Whisk in the eggs.
  6. Stir in the coconut flour.
  7. Pour a tablespoon of filling into each tart.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 18 minutes, until tarts set. Check on them regularly to make sure they don’t burn.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.

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