Introduction: Mini Canadian Maple Butter Tarts

This instructable covers how to make delicious and adorable bite-sized butter tarts using Canadian maple syrup.

These easy treats are perfect to share all year round; from BBQs in late summer to Thanksgiving in October, served warm to beat the chill in winter or packed tight to bring hiking or to a picnic in the spring.

While small, decadent mouthfuls of dessert might seem like a guilty pleasure, just one or two can pack a much-needed energy boost between meals when you're working (or playing) hard - especially if you add nuts or raisins ... All you have to do is limit yourself and you could almost call them healthy - "betcha can't eat just one."

Step 1: Ingredients

You will need:

2-4 12-count miniature muffin trays
48 miniature pie shells - click here for a Simple Pie Crust instructable
whisk & large bowl
oven pre-heated to 375°F


1/2 cup Canadian maple syrup
1/2 cup brown or golden sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter or vegetable shortening
1 large egg
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt

Step 2: Mixing Filling

Cream together 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter.

Add 2 tsp vanilla, 1/8 tsp salt, 1 beaten egg and 1/2 cup maple syrup.

Mix, whip or blend until smooth.

Step 3:

Add raisins or pecan pieces to your tart shells first, then pour the maple filling in. Don't go much over half full as they will bubble over. 

Step 4: Bake and Enjoy

Bake at 375°F on middle rack for 10-12 minutes or until crust is golden. Let cool 5-10 minutes and serve while still warm with coffee or hot cocoa.

Yield 48 miniature butter tarts.

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