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Sunshine Tart

 Sunshine Tart
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 home
6-8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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
  • Break seven pretzel sticks in half. Insert 1 in. apart into cream
  • filling, alternating whole and halved pretzels.
  • For sunglasses, cut the lime in half lengthwise; cut into 1/4-in.

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Sunshine Tart (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 388 calories, 15 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 321 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.