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Apple Butter Tarts


  • 4 cups fresh apple puree or unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 lemon, juiced and grated rind
  • 2-9 inch refrigerated pie crusts, unbaked
  • 6 firm tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon mixed with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark or golden raisins, soaked overnight in 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

4 hours



Fall is the best time for fresh, crisp apples, and the perfect time to get back to baking amazing desserts like these scrumptious tarts.

Why Try? The combination of flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, with a dash of cognac, makes this apple dessert one to LIVE for.

Foodie Byte: Serving individual-sized tarts makes your family or guests feel extra special.


  1. To make the apple butter, combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cook over low heat for approximately 3 hours, until the mixture is thick and dark brown. Take care not to scorch the butter. Remove from the stove and let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  3. Roll out one of the disks of dough 1/16-inch thick and cut circles large enough to fit the 4-inch tart pan. Place the dough in the pans, cut off excess with a sharp knife. Repeat with the remaining dough. Prick the bottom of each shell with a fork in order to allow the steam to escape. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  4. To make the tarts, spoon approximately 1/4 cup apple butter into each tart shell, top with several apple slices, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or cognac-soaked raisins, if desired. Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until the apples soften. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Calories 460, Carbohydrates 81g, Cholesterol 4mg, Fat 16g, Fat Calories 145, Fiber 4g, Protein 4g, Saturated Fat 5g, Sodium 198mg. Daily Values: Calcium 53.87mg 5%, Phos 65.76mg 7%, Copper 0.27mg 14%, Zinc 0.43mg 3%, Panto 0.22mg 2%, Biotin 4.06mcg 1353%, Iodine 0.88mcg 1%, Magnesium 30.07mg 8%, Iron 1.05mg 6%, Vitamin B6 8%, Vitamin C 13%, Vit E-a-Toco 1%, Vitamin A 1%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.