egg tarts in a muffin pan with text overlay "easy egg tarts for Chinese New Year"

Egg Tarts

Easy Creamy Egg Tarts are a delicious treat for Chinese New Year. Flaky crust and creamy filling make this a delicious dessert everyone will enjoy.



  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Egg Filling

  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

  2. Place 1 cup flour, butter, and confectioner’s sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Using a pastry cutter, blend butter, flour and sugar into a coarse crumbly mixture.
  4. Add egg, vanilla extract, and ice cold water into the mixture, mix until it forms a dough. If the dough is too wet and sticks, add more flour a tablespoon at a time. If it is too try, add ice cold water a tablespoon at a time. The dough should not be too dry nor sticky.

  5. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 of an inch thick. Use a round cookie cutter, cut out 12 rounds. You can use a fluted cutter or gently press a fork into the edge for decoration. Place in the cupcake wrappers.

  6. Place the pastry rounds into a muffin or tart pan, gently pressing it in.

Egg Filling

  1. In a sauce pan, heat water and sugar over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature.

  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs lightly. Add evaporated milk and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Strain into the sauce pan with cooled syrup. Mix.
  3. Strain the egg mixture into each tart shell, taking care not to over fill them.
  4. Bake the tarts in the oven at 375 degrees F for about 15 - 20 minutes. until the filling rises and the crust is lightly brown.