Thursday, November 17, 2011

Butter Tart Squares

Hey there - I'm back!! Well at least for a post or two. My computer is still in the dumper and with no extra money floating around right now, it's not looking like I'll be getting a new one anytime soon. My lovely stepdaughter, Miss E, left here laptop her for me to use. What a sweetie, huh? It's kind of funny how much I've missed blogging this past week. You're all like my digital buddies and I miss ya. So I'm happy to be back, even if it's only for a couple posts, for now. 

Last week I did my first guest post ever, over at my friend Kara's blog, Mine for the Making. Kara is one creative gal. Head on over and tell her I sent you.  =)

While there I shared a recipe for butter tart squares that I'd found on All Recipes last winter. I was going to a cookie exchange and wanted something quick, easy and delicious. These were perfect! Now, a classic butter tart is in a tart shell and has raisins in it. With this recipe you make a crust-like base and you can omit the raisins if you like. I chose to leave them out, not a big fan.

Butter Tart Squares
1 cup flour
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or hard margarine
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 flaked coconut (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x9 or 8x8 pan. 
2.  In a medium sized bowl mix the flour and 2 tbs of brown sugar. Cut in the butter/margarine until mixture is crumbly. Press into bottom of pan. Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven. Crust should not be fully cooked. 
3.  In a large bowl mix together the eggs and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar. Combine the oats, salt and baking powder; stir into the egg mixture along with the vanilla. Mix in the raisins and coconut, if desired. Spread mixture over the partially baked crumb layer in the pan. 
4.  Bake 20 minutes. Cool completely, and cut into squares. 

That's it! Easy peasy. Make sure you let it cool completely before you cut them. Otherwise the top will crack and they won't look as pretty. Also a little tip for ya, I always line my pan with foil so I can lift it out and cut it into squares on the cutting board. I like to trim the edges so they look nicer. Plus you get to sample the pieces you cut off. heehee  : )  The pan I use is 8x8 and I get 16 squares. You could cut them a bit smaller or larger if you like. I've also cut them into triangles before for a different look. This time I made up some fresh whipped cream to dollop on top. Mmm!!

You should definitely give these a try. They don't disappoint and they're great for the upcoming holidays.  Happy baking!
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  1. They look so yummy, Catie. Makes me regret the promise I made to myself to lose a few kilos before Christmas:)

  2. That's a perfect holiday dessert. Looks awesome.

  3. Those look soooo yummy! What a bummer about your computer dying. :( No fun! Thanks for the visit today...hope your week is off to a better start. :)

  4. YUM! This looks right up my alley. :) Going to print this one out!

  5. Yum! Easy recipes made with stuff on hand - my kind of recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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    Cheri (from Its So Very Cheri)


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