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Thanksgiving recipe - Grandma's butter tarts


Grandma’s Butter Tarts

One of the baked treats my family always looks forward to at Thanksgiving and Christmas is butter tarts. Growing up, I was lucky to have cousins, Aunts and Uncles that lived close enough for us to all gather at Grandma and Grandpa’s to celebrate and eat too much.

One of the highlights was Grandma’s butter tarts. I am including the recipe here. My wife, Liz is a bit of a butter tart expert and she assures me these are the best butter tarts in the world. Although I am confident you will enjoy them, the truth is they were only the BEST when Grandma was here to make them and enjoy them with us.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Sour Cream
  • 2 Tsp Vinegar
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • Grandma also liked a little cinnamon and raisins or coconut and nuts


  • ¾ cup Crisco Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 ¼ - 2 ½ cups of Cake and Pastry flour
  • Sprinkle of salt


  • Mix dry ingredients and Crisco
  • Gradually add 8 – 10 Tbsp of cold water as required to make dry ingredients into dough
  • Knead to well-mixed
  • Sprinkle counter surface with flour, roll-out dough to ¼ inch thickness
  • Cut circles and insert into muffin tin
  • Spoon filling into crusts to ¾ full
  • Bake at 400°F about 20 minutes

 Let cool and ENJOY!