Another Mennonite Dessert … Butter Tart Squares with Raisins

The great thing about Mennonite/Amish desserts is that they rarely require more than very basic ingredients you’re likely to already have on hand. No fancy cooking gadgets or techniques are needed, either.

If you love butter tarts but don’t want to make pastry and then roll out and cut little circles for the base, these squares can be whipped together in no time at all. They’re not gooey like butter tarts but they taste similar.

Butter Tart Squares with Raisins – makes 16 squares


3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter


1 cup raisins
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup all purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350 deg Fahrenheit.

Making the base

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour and brown sugar and then cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Pat into an 8 inch by 8 inch baking pan. You don’t need to butter the pan but you may if you wish.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until the base is set and just barely coloured.

Making the filling

In a small bowl cover the raisins with boiling water and let soak until the raisins are soft, 5-15 minutes depending on how old your raisins are. Drain the raisins and gently squeeze out any extra water.

Rinse out the bowl used to make the base and use it to make the filling. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until smooth. Add the corn syrup, salt, vanilla and the flour and whisk well. Stir in the raisins and pour over the baked base.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden.

Cool the baking pan on a rack and then cut into bars or squares.


6 thoughts on “Another Mennonite Dessert … Butter Tart Squares with Raisins

  1. Love butter tarts, hate making them, but this looks incredible!! Yum!! My sis and I were just joking about some of the Amish recipes we have run across, or should I saw, non Amish! Like pie crust in the food processor and Amish rolled flank steak! I love the simple old fashioned recipes. 🙂

    1. I was tempted to throw the base ingredients in the food processor but didn’t want to do the extra washing … a pastry cutter was plenty.

      There is a drawback to these delicious squares. They seem so simple and ‘healthy’ that you’re tempted to eat another one right away. I’ve already had a bunch (> a dozen) of the oatmeal raisin cookies I made and 4 (1/4 of the pan) of the squares.

      Someone needs to come and take them all away.

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