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Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

There are some recipes, tastes and aromas that evoke strong memories. Memories of childhood dinners with extended family, memories of special occasions. Each Christmas, my grandmother made a batch of her butter tarts to serve alongside the flambéed plum pudding at the end of the meal. The crust was flaky and the filling was sweet, tender and buttery.

Considering my irrational fear of pastry, I always shied away from making the tarts myself. My inability to turn out a decent pie is one of the reasons I am sure that Ree would bar my entrance to her ranch. That, and the fact that I probably wouldn’t be able to stop myself from hugging Charlie her lovable basset hound every few minutes, would likely get me cattle-prodded off the property in no time.

When I saw these Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares by Lindsey (gingerbreadbagels on Tasty Kitchen), complete with a caramelized filling, with raisins, oatmeal and coconut, and a simple sugar cookie crust, I knew I had to try them. At first bite, memories of my grandmother flooded back and I knew that these would become a regular treat in our house.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

First, let’s prepare the crust. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and get the ingredients ready.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl, using a handheld mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add milk and vanilla extract and mix to combine.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add in the flour and mix until almost combined.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

Use a spatula to mix until the sugar cookie dough comes together.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

Evenly press the cookie dough into a lightly greased 8- by 8-inch pan. I used a foil liner, which was not in Lindsey’s recipe. Ignore me, and follow Lindsey’s instructions. The filling stuck to the foil and made a bit of a mess.

Bake until the edges start to turn golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely.

Now let’s make the the filling. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees F.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

Place the raisins in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 20 minutes. Drain raisins and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl, using a handheld mixer), beat brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until combined.

In a large mixing bowl with the paddle attachment (a handheld mixer works fine too), mix together the brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

Add oats, baking powder and kosher salt, and mix to combine.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

Fold in sweetened flaked coconut, raisins and chopped pecans.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

Pour the filling over the cooled sugar cookie crust.

Bake until filling is set, 30 to 35 minutes.

Let the squares cool completely before cutting. The squares will firm up once they are completely cooled. If you try to cut them while still warm, the filling may ooze out.

Once cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares. Guest post by Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, recipe submitted by TK member gingerbreadbagels.

 
Thank you, Lindsey, for a dessert that is not only irresistible, but brought back so many fond memories for me. Be sure to check out Lindsey’s blog Gingerbread Bagels for many other wonderful recipes.

Here is the link to the printable recipe: Oatmeal Butter Tart Squares

 
 
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Dara Michalski is a doll and a sweetheart who clearly knows her way around the kitchen. She blogs at Cookin’ Canuck, where she shares her flavor-packed recipes and fun, engaging writing. The photography’s pretty incredible, too.

 

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Megan's Cookin' on 6.16.2011

Oh gosh, these look good. And pretty easy too, always a plus!

Alessio on 6.5.2011

Oh yum! Very nice easy pastry, now you are a step closer to the perfect pie :D

Wendy2 in WA on 5.24.2011

Made them this weekend and they were a complete HIT!!!
Thanks so much!

Front Row Eats on 5.23.2011

I actually just bought the same Kitchen Aid mixer so I will have to try your recipe!

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Thanks!

Marian (Sweetopia) on 5.21.2011

Oh my! I’m so glad we have a long weekend; I’m definitely trying these! Thanks for the gorgeous step-by-step!

Katy on 5.20.2011

@Olivia – the link is at the bottom of the post, just past the last picture. :-)

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Olivia Boyle on 5.20.2011

I really want to make these but cant find the recipe / list of ingredients for this.. Can someone help or am I just blind?? They look delicious!

Cookin' Canuck on 5.20.2011

Nancy and Bonnie – I’m so glad you liked them. Of course, all of the credit goes to Lindsey and her wonderful recipe.

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on 5.20.2011

I only have one word to say: YUM!

Marla on 5.20.2011

Dara, great recipe choice! Lindsey makes some awesome goodies that is for sure – then again so do you :)

Bonnie on 5.20.2011

I made these yesterday. I needed an inexpensive easy teacher thank you treat! Now I need to thank you. These were great. The only change I made is b/c I don’t like raisins. So I combined dried cranberries, dried cherries and golden raisins. It turned out FABULOUS. What an awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing. I’m making them today again because my kids didn’t get “enough.

NancyNS on 5.19.2011

I just made these. We couldn’t quite wait until they were cool – so yummy warm! Thanks for this great recipe.

laura @ glutton for nourishment on 5.19.2011

totally dreamy.

SallyK on 5.19.2011

Minus the raisins these sound wonderful! I’ll have to try them soon.

Aggie on 5.19.2011

these seriously look fantastic. I love any baked good with oatmeal and raisins (especially golden ones!).

Suzanne Buckner on 5.19.2011

Thanks for the receipe, they were awsome.

Lisa on 5.19.2011

As soon as I saw butter tarts, I knew a Canadian was posting.

Yummy!

Angie on 5.19.2011

Wow, these look so good Dara! Yummy!

lisa on 5.19.2011

use parchment instead of foil– nothing sticks to parchment!

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The Church Cook (Kay Heritage) on 5.19.2011

You say butter and oatmeal, I am right here!! Looks fabulous, Dara!!

Yuri on 5.18.2011

These look so good, Dara!

Katrina on 5.18.2011

These look so yummy, Dara!

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Kate @ Diethood on 5.18.2011

Raisins, coconut, pecans…and butter and brown sugar…oh my word! I bet these were amazing!

Amy | She Wears Many Hats on 5.18.2011

These are calling my name right now! So yummy!

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cookincanuck on 5.18.2011

Thanks for all of your kind comments. Of course, the real credit goes to Lindsey for the fantastic recipe!

christina on 5.18.2011

Dang girl! I’m on it!
That picture of the filling pouring over the cookie layer…*drool*

Patti on 5.18.2011

As soon as I saw the butter tarts reference I knew it must be from a Canadian. It’s my stated mission in life to find the best butter tarts in the world, and then keep on looking.

Perhaps the addition of coconut and oatmeal is just what I have been looking for.

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Shugary Sweets on 5.18.2011

Do you deliver? That looks so good. May need to make it very soon….

Wenderly on 5.18.2011

Isn’t it amazing how vivid memories can be when enjoyed through food? It’s almost as if time stands still, waiting patiently for us to take our next bite.

Amy @ A Little Nosh on 5.18.2011

Not sure I’d even both with cutting into squares. Just give me the pan and a fork.

Delishhh on 5.18.2011

Oh just awesome – this is my kind of dessert!

Katrina on 5.18.2011

Beautiful squares! Love this.

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions on 5.18.2011

Oatmeal cookies are probably my favorite so I am sure I would love this yummy concoction!

Mama M. on 5.18.2011

Hmmmmm…sub in some chocolate chips for those pesky little raisins and that looks amazing!

Gaby on 5.18.2011

omg these are like my favorite treats of all time!! yes please :)

Heather @ Heather's Dish on 5.18.2011

Oh my word. I can see the entire pan disappearing in a matter of minutes!

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EatLiveRun on 5.18.2011

I’m with Jessica…you had me at butter! These look delicious!

Jean F on 5.18.2011

Oh my gravy…. I need to wipe the drool from my keyboard… those look so darn good!

d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on 5.18.2011

I have to admit, I was hesitant at first (no chocolate??), but the end product looks gorgeous and delicious!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on 5.18.2011

You had me at butter… these look irresistible!