Brown Butter Maple Tarts

These Brown Butter Maple Tarts have a flaky pie crust, and are filled with a rich and sweet, almost custard like center.

Brown Butter Maple Tarts

Have you ever had a butter tart? You may be hesitant at first if you’ve never had one, I know I was. But in reality they are beyond delicious!

Browned Butter Maple Tarts

Instead of just regular ol’ butter I browned it to give it a more of a nutty and rich flavor.

I also added real maple syrup. Not the fake stuff, but the real 100% maple syrup. Don’t skimp.

Brown Butter Maple Tarts

Ingredients For Butter Tarts

Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need to make this classic Canadian treat…

  • Pie Crust – refrigerated crust works great, or homemade for an extra special treat
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup – use 100% real maple syrup for these!
  • Brown Sugar – light brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All purpose flour

These couldn’t be easier to make, which is also quite dangerous, because these cute little tarts are irresistible.

Each bite just melts in your mouth like, well… butter.

The flavor and texture reminds me of a pecan pie, but without any pecans in it.

Brown Butter Maple Tarts

How To Make Butter Tarts

I brought these Brown Butter Maple Tarts to a little get together with some of my girlfriends and they were gone in the blink of an eye. I’m serious when I say these things are that good.

  • Start by rolling out your pie dough and using a circle cookie cutter to cut out the pie shells.
  • Place the pie shells in a muffin tin and set aside.
  • Brown the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to steam and foam. (Keep a close eye on it as it foams.) Swirl it gently, watching the color. When it turns golden brown and releases the aroma of toasting nuts, immediately remove it from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour and stir to combine.
  • Pour the filling mixture into the prepared pie shells and bake until set.

More Canadian Recipes To Try

These classic butter tarts are a Canadian treat that are loved by all. Here are a few more of our favorite dessert recipes from Canada…

Brown Butter Maple Tarts

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Brown Butter Maple Tarts

Brown Butter Maple Tarts have a flaky pie crust and are filled with a rich, almost custard like center!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14
Calories: 245 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 2 refrigerated, ready made pie crusts (Pillsbury)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, 100% pure
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp flour


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Unroll the pie crust dough and use a 3 inch circle cookie cutter to punch out 7 circles from each pie crust. Re-roll the dough if necessary. Place each circle in a muffin tin, set aside.
  • Brown the butter by placing it in a saucepan over medium heat, melt it until it begins to steam and foam. (Keep a close eye on it as it foams.) Swirl it gently, watching the color. When it turns golden brown and releases the aroma of toasting nuts, immediately remove it from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour and stir to combine.
  • Pour the filling into the prepared pie crusts.
  • Bake until puffed and browned, about 10-12 minutes.
recipe adapted from Food Network


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: brown butter, maple syrup, tarts
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
22 Responses
  1. Winnie

    Wow, these are incredible!! I probably added closer to 3 tbsp of flour because my mixture was quite runny but otherwise I folllowed the recipe to a T. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

  2. Amy

    Could you make these a head and freeze….I’m planning a party / tasting and looking for “finger foods” that will freeze nicely so I can get things done ahead of time

  3. Penny

    These are very easy to make and the rewards are bountiful. Yummy!! I’ve made them once and looking to do them again. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  4. fran

    Had one with my coffee but l cant say l love them. With the flour in them, it reminds me of pudding. No l wont make it again

    1. Shawn

      Hi Pam! What you can do is temper your eggs before adding them if your butter mixture is too hot. You’ll take a spoonful of the hot butter mixture and add it to your eggs (in a separate bowl) and whisk constantly until it’s combined. Do that one more time to bring the egg mixture slowly up to the temperature of the butter mixture and then slowly whisk the eggs back into the bowl with the butter mixture. This should prevent any accidental egg cooking. 🙂 Hope that helps!

  5. Suzette

    Butter tarts are a Canadian dessert and they are made in a variety of ways. Many recipes call for raisins and or nuts, usually walnuts but not always. Home made crust is preferable as this is part of it’s charm. I’ve been to a bakery where they make 15 different kinds of tarts! Quite a dangerous place really!

  6. Amber

    Very easy and taste amazing, my only problem was with turning the big pie shell into mini shells so i would recomend just buying pre made mini dessert shells, much easier and takes much less time, great recipe though i have made them twice and am making them tomorrow again.

  7. Carol @ Wild Goose Tea

    OMG this is a simple recipe that looks like you labored long and hard. I love that! Since I have a tea and food website, you KNOW this is right up MY alley. No make that right up my ‘main street’. Ha. I know it’s lame, but I love my own jokes. Anything made with butter is wonderful, so this is a slam dunk.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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