Blackberry Tarts on white plate

Easy and Delicious Blackberry Tarts Recipe

Blackberry Tarts on white plate

Every summer my mother-in-law would make these delicious blackberry tarts before any of our camping trips, vacations or boating trips. They were such a delicious treat made with so much love. We were luck enough to have a basic handwritten recipe but as with all good recipes, there were lots of unwritten tips and tricks. I am so grateful that she passed these extra bits of the recipe on to my youngest son and sister-in-law so that we are still able to enjoy the love and joy she brought us every Summer with these tarts even though she is no longer with us.

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Blackberry Tarts Recipe:


  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 6 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 cups Canola Oil
  • 5 oz Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Blackberry Preserves (You can read my blog post with the Blackberry Preserve Recipe here)
blackberry tart dough ingredients in bowls

Cooking Instructions for Blackberry Tarts

Step One: Preheat Oven

Set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This ensures it’s ready to bake your tarts to perfection.

Step Two: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 3 teaspoons of baking powder. Stir well to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

pouring sugar into cinnamon and flour mixture in large mixing bowl

Step Three: Prepare Wet Ingredients

In a small bowl, beat 4 eggs. Add 3/4 cups of canola oil and 5 ounces of evaporated milk. Mix thoroughly until well combined.

Step Four: Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients

Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly to combine. The batter will start to come together into a dough.

Step Five: Incorporate the Flour

Add 6 cups of all-purpose flour to the mixture. Combine flour one cup at a time. Mix and knead the dough as you go. You should end up with a smooth, cohesive dough.

Step Six: Prepare the Dough

On a lightly-floured surface, spread and roll dough out evenly using a rolling pin. Aim for a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Use a wide-mouth mason jar lid to cut out circles from the dough.

cutting out pieces of dough with mason jar lid

Step Seven: Assemble the Tarts

Place the dough circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking stone. Add 1 tablespoon of blackberry mixture to the center of each circle. Cover each with another circle of dough and press the edges together with your fingers or back of a spoon to seal.

raw blackberry tarts on baking sheet

Step Eight: Bake

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake blackberry tart for 8-10 minutes, or until the tarts are a light golden brown with the bottom crust a medium golden brown.

Step Nine: Cool and Enjoy

Once baked, let the tarts cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy your delicious homemade blackberry tarts!

blackberry tarts broken in half

Tips for Perfect Blackberry Tarts

  • Choose Quality Preserves: The star of these tarts is the blackberry preserves. Opt for high-quality preserves made with fresh blackberries for the best flavor. Homemade preserves work wonderfully if you have them on hand. Want to make your own but don’t know where to start? You can check out my easy blackberry preserve recipe here loaded with lots of blackberries and flavor.
  • Even Thickness: When rolling out the dough, aim for an even thickness. This ensures that the tarts bake uniformly and achieve that perfect golden brown color.
  • Sealing the Edges: Be sure to press the edges of the dough circles together firmly. This helps to prevent the preserves from leaking out during baking.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Feel free to get creative with the tart filling! While blackberry is delightful, you can try other fruit preserves or even a combination of your favorites.
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Why You’ll Love These Blackberry Tarts

These blackberry tarts are not only delicious but also incredibly easy to make even if it’s your first time! The combination of the soft, delicious dough similar to a shortbread crust with the sweet and tangy blackberry filling is simply irresistible. They’re perfect for serving at parties, packing in lunchboxes, or enjoying as a sweet treat with your afternoon tea or coffee.

In addition, this easy tarts recipe is so versatile. Once you master the basics, you can experiment with different fillings using a variety of fresh berries and flavors to suit your taste preferences. Imagine trying apricot, raspberry, or even a chocolate-hazelnut spread as an alternative filling bursting with tart flavor! There’s nothing better than a pumpkin or apple tart in the Fall! 

Hosting a Tart Party

If you’re planning a get-together, consider hosting a tart-making party. This recipe is straightforward enough that even beginner bakers can participate. Set up a tart-making station with all the ingredients and tools, and let your guests create their own tarts. It’s a fun, interactive activity that ends with everyone enjoying delicious treats!

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Storing and Serving

Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. If you want to keep them longer, you can freeze them. Place the tarts in a single even layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. To enjoy, simply thaw them at room temperature or warm them in the oven for a few minutes.

These easy and delicious blackberry tarts are sure to become a favorite in your baking repertoire. With their simple ingredients and straightforward steps, you’ll find yourself making them again and again. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, this wonderful dessert recipe is a winner. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to bake a batch of delightful blackberry tarts that everyone will love!

Happy baking!

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Homemade Blackberry Tarts

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 tarts


  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 6 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 cups Canola Oil
  • 5 oz Evaporated Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Blackberry Preserves


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix sugar, cinnamon and baking powder in large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix 4 eggs, canola oil and evaporated milk.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly to combine.
  • Add flour to mixture 1 cup at a time while mixing, kneading to combine.
  • Flour worksurface and spread dough.
  • Cut out tart shapes using wide mouth mason jar lid.
  • Spread circle dough pieces onto baking sheet.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of preserves to the center of each dough circle.
  • Cover with another circle piece of dough and press edges together with fingers to secure.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Cool completely and enjoy!
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