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Skillet Butter Tart Bars

These Skillet Butter Tart Bars are just like classic Canadian butter tarts with a tender shortbread base, chewy butter tart filling, ice cream and caramel!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Canadian
Calories 2883kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


For the shortbread base:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

For the butter tart filling:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt

For serving:

  • vanilla ice cream
  • caramel sauce
  • powdered sugar for dusting


For the shortbread base:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the flour and mix until combined.
  • Press this mixture into a 10-inch greased cast iron skillet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

For the butter tart filling:

  • Meanwhile, whip the eggs, the brown sugar and the vanilla until the mixture becomes light and fluffy (several minutes).
  • Fold in the flour and baking powder with a rubber spatula.
  • Fold in the raisins (if desired) and the cinnamon and salt.
  • Pour the filling over the hot shortbread base just after it comes out of the oven and bake for an additional 25-28 minutes, or until the filling has puffed up and formed a crust. Be careful not to underbake - this will cause the filling to collapse when it's removed from the oven.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving with a dusting of powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.


Because the filling for this dessert is egg-based, it appears to puff up quite quickly in the oven giving the illusion that it's fully baked before it actually is. Ensure your oven temperature is a correct 350 degrees Fahrenheit and it should take 25 minutes to bake fully on the inside.


Calories: 2883kcal | Carbohydrates: 474g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 102g | Saturated Fat: 61g | Cholesterol: 571mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 357g | Vitamin A: 3312IU | Calcium: 456mg | Iron: 11mg