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Sunshine Tart

Despite its brightly beaming nature, all eyes will be directly on this golden orb when you bring it out at a brithday event...so 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

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely crushed pretzels
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • FILLING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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 7 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. slices. Place 2 large lime slices, cut side up, for sunglasses. Remove the pulp from 2 more slices; cut 2 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 388 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 321mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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