Boysenberry Shortbread Tart features fresh berries, and buttery streusel topping on a shortbread crust! This yummy dessert will be a family favorite!Boysenberry Shortbread Tart features fresh berries, and a buttery streusel topping on a simple shortbread crust! This yummy dessert will be a family favorite!

I love boysenberries. I love shortbread. Combine them and you will have this amazing Boysenberry Shortbread Tart, with fresh berries, and a buttery streusel topping on a simple shortbread crust! This yummy dessert will be a family favorite! !

I’ve been making an Apple Shortbread Tart for many years now. One day last summer, after picking fresh boysenberries at a local U-Pick farm, I decided to play around with the recipe just a bit and create a new version using BOYSENBERRIES!

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My Love for Boysenberries Began Early In Life

I grew up in Southern California and always enjoyed the times our family was fortunate enough to go to Knott’s Berry Farm, where one of our favorite treats to get there was a piece of fresh baked boysenberry pie. You can click on the link for boysenberry to see a brief history of how this berry came to exist. It was their signature dessert!

My Great Aunt Juanita also grew boysenberries in her backyard! As a kid, when we would visit in the summer, she would let us pick a few, and she would always make a big boysenberry cobbler for dessert. Oh man…what memories –  and to this day, boysenberries are still my absolute favorite berry!

Boysenberry, fresh picked straight off the vine!

I love to make boysenberry jam, boysenberry pie and boysenberry cobbler! And now, I love Boysenberry Shortbread Tarts! I LOVE boysenberries (I know…I’m repeating myself, but it’s true!) I pick enough each summer and flash freeze them so they will last all year long…ooh…they are soooo good!

Making the Shortbread Crust Is EASY!

The shortbread crust is made by blending butter, flour, sugar, and salt until the mixture is crumbly (about the size of peas). This can be done using a food processor OR by using a hand held pastry blender.

Mixing sugar and butter to make shortbread crust for tart

Once reduced to about the size of peas, two egg yolks are added to the shortbread crust ingredients and mixed in. I typically use a food processor to do the blending, because it only takes a few pulses to get the job done!

Egg yolks are added to shortbread crust mixture in food processor

Once processed, the shortbread crust mixture is packed down onto the bottom and sides of a tart pan (the kind with removable bottom).

Shortbread mixture is packed into tart pan to form crust

Fill the Crust And Bake

To create the filling, I used a boysenberry pie filling recipe I’ve used for years from a Pillsbury cookbook. It’s really simple to make. The filling is poured into the shortbread crust, and topped with streusel before baking.

So there ya have it… my little boysenberry shortbread tart EXPERIMENT.  Make it, bake it, let it cool. Then all that’s left is to cut a slice, take a bite (well, several bites!), and be delighted to discover just how amazing tasting this dessert is! Oh my goodness! It is so delicious!

Baked boysenberry shortbread tart on serving platter

Who Wants A Bite Of Boysenberry Shortbread Tart?

The crust is buttery (as all good shortbread should be, right?), and is easy to make. I use a tart pan with a removable bottom, which helps to get this tart out of the pan and onto a pretty serving platter.

Slice of boysenberry shortbread tart on plate, served with whipped cream

I really hope you will give this great tasting dessert a try. If you cannot find boysenberries easily (a friend who lives in Tennessee told me recently via Facebook that they are often difficult to find), I guess you could use blackberries. I’ve never tried them in this recipe, but they are fairly close in taste to a boysenberry.

Be sure to check out ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. You might also want to try different variations on this recipe, such as Apple Shortbread Tart or Peach Shortbread Tart.  Both of these fruit versions taste totally amazing, too! Enjoy, and have a great day!

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Author's signatureShortbread Tart Recipe Adapted from : Shari Altree
Boysenberry Filling Source: Pillsbury Cookbook, copyright 1973, by the Pillsbury Company


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Boysenberry Shortbread Tart
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Boysenberry Shortbread Tart features fresh berries, and a buttery streusel topping on a simple shortbread crust! This yummy dessert will be a family favorite!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boysenberry shortbread tart
Servings: 8 slices
Calories Per Serving: 478 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For the crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks
For the filling:
  • 4 cups boysenberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Make the shortbread crust: Blend all crust ingredients(except egg yolks) until the butter is reduced to the size peas. (You can use a fork, a pastry blender or a food processor). Add the 2 egg yolks and mix well to blend. **Set aside 1/4 of this mixture and save for later**. Using the remaining 3/4 of the crumbs, pat them down over the bottom and up the sides of a tart pan with removable bottom disk (this is what I use) or a pie pan. Make sure crust is firmly pressed down into the pan and into the pleated sides to form a solid crust.

  3. Make the boysenberry filling: Place the boysenberries in a large bowl. Add the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Mix gently to coat the boysenberries. Once the berries and dry ingredients are mixed together, gently spoon the berries into the crust.

  4. Sprinkle the reserved 1/4 of the crust mixture over the top of the berries. Cover the entire top of the tart.

  5. Bake the tart at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until the top begins to turn a golden brown (approx. 25-30 minutes, depending on your oven). Just keep an eye on it and remove tart when top is golden brown. Place tart pan on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, if using a tart pan, hold your hand on the bottom of the tart and gently press upward on the metal disk to release the tart from the pan. Place the tart (keeping disk on the bottom of tart) on serving dish, slice and serve warm, with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Boysenberry Shortbread Tart
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 478 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 228mg10%
Potassium 140mg4%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 640IU13%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments on Boysenberry Shortbread Tart

  1. This is once again in the oven! It is an easy go to recipe whenever I need my summer fix (especially during these short winter days). I use frozen boysenberries and it turns out great!

    • I freeze boysenberries, too, Kady! I love this recipe… and you’re right about needing a “summer fix” of berries in the middle of winter. Right about now I am READY for summer berry picking! Hope you enjoy the tart (again)! Have a fantastic day.

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