Maple Syrup Butter Tart Squares



20 min


1 h 20 min


16 squares

* PLUS Cooling time
Maple Syrup Butter Tart Squares

Photo, Roberto Caruso.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter , cubed


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup 35% cream
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter , melted


  • POSITION rack in bottom third of oven. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil an 8 × 8-in. baking dish, then line with overhanging parchment.
  • WHIRL flour with granulated sugar and salt in a food processor until combined. Add cubed butter and continue whirling until a ball forms, 1 min. Press dough firmly into an even layer in prepared dish.
  • WHISK brown sugar with eggs in a large bowl. Stir in cream, maple syrup and melted butter. Pour over dough.
  • BAKE in bottom third of oven until filling is puffed, about 1 hour. Transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 2 hours.


Nutrition (per square)

  • Calories
  • 280,
  • Protein
  • 3 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33 g,
  • Fat
  • 16 g,
  • Sodium
  • 89 mg.

A lesson on butter
Cold butter is ideal for baked goods that should be crisp. Butter that’s straight from the fridge doesn’t get fully incorporated into a batter; instead it gets broken down into small pieces throughout your dough. Since butter is about 18% water, steam is released in those pockets during baking, which helps create flaky layers. Use it in: scones, pie crust, biscuits and crispy cookies.