Delightfully rich and sweet butter tarts are a favorite holiday season treat. They are delicious but can also be quite a bit of work to prepare.
Well you can get around all that extra work in a couple of ways. You can buy the tart shells ready made or you can bake this sweet dessert as a square rather than a tart.
In this recipe the ingredients that go into making traditional butter tarts are instead put into a square baking pan so you don't have to form and fill tart shells. It is a delightfully quick and easy recipe that is ideal to serve up as a festive holiday dessert treat.
It is my mom's Butter Nut Squares recipe discovered tucked inside a box of hand written recipes she had gifted me. It simplifies the butter tart baking process by at least half. You get all the flavor of a traditional butter tart but whipping up a batch of these squares is a breeze.
The Bottom Crust Tastes Deliciously Like a Shortbread Cookie
It is a wonderfully quick and easy sweet treat recipe but no one will ever guess how simple it is to prepare unless you let them in on the secret. The squares look and taste too good to be that easy to make. It's a deliciously sweet secret that you don't have to share unless you want to.
All the ingredients that go into making butter tarts are put into a square baking pan so you don't have to take the time to form and fill tart shells.
It is a delightful dessert to present at a social tea or to serve to the family as an everyday after school treat.
These squares are luxuriously rich yet are so simple to make that they are the perfect delicacy for serving up during the busy holiday season.
At Christmas time life can be busy so easier recipes are a real treat. The holidays are a time when visiting relatives and friends are plentiful so sweet treats that are easier to create are so very convenient and delightfully stress free.
Bottom Crust Ingredients:
Butter Tart Sauce Filling:
Directions: Also See Photos Below for Step by Step Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut together your crust ingredients till the dough has a crumbly texture. Either a pastry cutter or a fork will work.
3. Divide your dough between two 8x8 buttered baking pans.
4. Press dough into the bottom of the pans to form a thick crust.
5. Now in a second bowl combine the ingredients for the butter tart filling.
6. Mix all the ingredients for your butter sauce filling thoroughly together.
7. Divide this mixture over the two crusts you have previously prepared. Gently spread the mixture to cover your crusts.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting and serving.
Step by Step Instructions in Photos
Butter tarts are ooey gooey sweet goodness that are so very delicious served up with your other home baked treats for the holidays. They are definitely one of my favorite desserts at any time of the year. Ooey gooey sweet temptation.
People Who do Their Own Baking Have an Amazing Superpower
You really are a superhero because you have the ability to create healthy snacks and meals. You have the amazing ability to control the ingredients in your recipes. You can adapt and alter them to make the foods healthier for your family.
You have the ability to reduce the salt and sugar that go into the recipes you cook. That one step alone can have a tremendous difference in future health.
You can substitute bad fats for good ones and replace unhealthy ingredients with much healthier options. Way to go!
You really do know how to bake up a little love in every bite of food you that you serve up to your family and friends.
You are a superhero and your super powers may help to keep those that you love stay safe from heart disease and stroke.
Simple Substitutions for a Healthier You
1. To make your dessert recipes just a smidge healthier add fruit or nuts into your recipe. Most recipes can be easily adapted to replace, reduce, or eliminate ingredients of your choosing.
2. Reduce the sugar you use in the recipe or substitute with honey.
3. Reduce transfats and saturated fats by substituting with other ingredients or using healthier fats and oils in your cooking and baking. Substitute banana or apple sauce for oil.
4. Use 1% milk rather than evaporated or whole milk.
5. Avoid transfats. Those fats are hard on the heart. Read the ingredients on ever product before you purchase it.
6. Cook with oatmeal whenever possible. Oatmeal is soluble fiber and classed as a heart healthy food. Fruit crisps and oatmeal cookies are delicious and have a healthier twist to their consumption.
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