When the holiday season rolls around, the presents are secondary to the food in my mind. For at least a month before the big day, I cook and bake all kinds of goodies to store in the freezer for Christmas. In fact, I usually make such a huge quantity of goodies that friends and family are snacking on them until February! One of my personal favourites? Butter Tart Squares! These gooey treats have all the rich flavour of butter tarts without all the work of making and filling the tiny shells!
Butter Tart Squares
- ½ cup butter
- 2 tbsp. icing sugar
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- ½ cup melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. vinegar
- 1 cup raisins
Combine first three ingredients until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into 9” square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for five minutes.
Mix butter and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Pour over crust and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent overcooking.
Because the sweets I make are shared with so many people, proper hygiene is incredibly important when I’m in the kitchen. So I really appreciated the tips from the Hygiene Council that I recently received. I learned that disinfectants are more effective than detergents in reducing germs on floors and that cooked food should be left at room temperature for no longer than two hours.
I was surprised to learn that the kitchen tap can be one of the greatest infection risks in a kitchen. I always start every baking spree by cleaning off the counters and stove but thanks to these tips, I’ve made sure that I also wipe down the kitchen tap with a Lysol Disinfecting Wipe before I start baking. That way I know that even if I have to wash my hands during the preparation, I won’t cross-contaminate the treats I’m cooking!
The Hygiene Council also recommends using a foot-operated garbage bin to stop the spread of germs and using different knives and boards for meat and vegetables to reduce cross-contamination. Make sure to visit the Lysol Canada Facebook page to get more tips on how to minimize the risk of foodborne illness when preparing meals and cleaning up in the kitchen too.
I love cooking and baking during Christmas and thanks to the information from the Hygiene Council, I can be sure that I’m doing so safely. After all, there’s nothing better than having family and friends happy, healthy and well fed during the holidays!
Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.