Sunshine Tart Recipe
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Despite its brightly beaming nature, all eyes will be directly on this golden orb when you bring it out at a brithday don't wait 'till the sun goes down to serve up slices! On the face of it, t he lighthearted tart will attract attention thanks to its pretzel-stick rays, sublime lime sunglasses and smiling strawberry lips. Besides those whimsical decorations, the dazzling dessert's homemasde crust, cream cheese layer and lemon topping are sure to get glowing reviews.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup finely crushed pretzels
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • 1 can (15-3/4 ounces) lemon pie filling
  • 21 pretzel sticks
  • 1 medium lime
  • 1 fresh strawberry with hull

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 388 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 321mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the crushed pretzels, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth; fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust; top with pie filling. Remove sides of pan; place tart on a 17-in. round covered board or platter
  3. Break seven pretzel sticks in half. Insert 1 in. apart into cream filling, alternating whole and halved pretzels.
  4. For sunglasses, cut the lime in half lengthwise; cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place two large lime slices, cut side up, for sunglasses. Remove the pulp from two more slices; cut two strips of peel and place next to lime slices.
  5. Remove leaves from strawberry; place over sunglasses for eyelashes. Cut strawberry in half; place with cut side down and wide sides together for mouth. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Sunshine Tart in Country Woman July/August 2000, p54

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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