Butter Tart Squares with Walnuts and Raisins stacked on each other on a wooden table.
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Butter Tart Squares

An easy way to make a traditional Canadian treat, these squares have a rich caramel taste with a gooey, chewy texture.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword butter tarts, squares
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 36 squares
Calories 106kcal
Author angelakallison
Cost 10

Equipment

Ingredients

Bottom Layer:

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled and cut into small pieces (one stick)

Top Layer:

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (could substitue pecans)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside a 9 x 9 ungreased baking pan.
  • To prepare the bottom layer, whisk together the 1 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Cut in the chilled butter cubes using a pastry knife or two butter knives. Alternatively, you could pulse this mixture in a food processor until crumbly. Press into the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Cool slighly on wire rack.
  • To prepare the top layer, beat together the 1 cup of brown sugar and eggs, until light and thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the 1/4 cup of flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Fold in the raisins and walnuts.
  • Pour top layer over bottom layer and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the center of the squares is almost firm. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Notes

These tasty treats are a great make ahead dessert and can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to a week in advance.