Sunshine Squares


Sunshine Squares

Sunshine Squares
6 Hr
15 Min

Say goodbye to gloomy days with our recipe for Sunshine Squares. This dessert is fruity, creamy, and oh-so-yummy. It's sure to turn any frown upside-down!

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups finely crushed toasted rice cereal
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (4-serving) package lemon pie filling, prepared according to the package directions (see Note)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 (15 -ounce) cans fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cereal, butter, and sugar. Press 3 cups of cereal mixture into a 9- x 13-inch baking dish, forming a crust. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until light golden; let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine pie filling, sweetened condensed milk, fruit cocktail, and lemon rind; mix well, then gently spread over crust. Cover evenly with whipped topping, then sprinkle with remaining cereal mixture. Cover and chill at least 6 hours, or until ready to serve.


Make sure to use lemon pie filling and not lemon pudding for the filling. You can substitute 1 (22-ounce) can of lemon pie filling for the boxed pie filling. 

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 15

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 314
  • Calories from Fat 163
  • Total Fat 18g 28 %
  • Saturated Fat 11g 57 %
  • Trans Fat 0.5g 0 %
  • Protein 3.8g 8 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 53mg 18 %
  • Sodium 236mg 10 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 36g 12 %
  • Dietary Fiber 0.9g 4 %
  • Sugars 27g 0 %

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Is it Instant or Cook and Serve Pie Filling?

Hi! This recipe needs to be chilled before serving. :)

Why is there no picture? I like to see what it is supposed to look like.

Hi there! We're working hard to make sure that each of our recipes has a photo with it. We've been around for a long time, and believe it or not, pictures were not taken every time a recipe was made. We hope to be able to put up a picture soon, and that you'll come back for more!

can this be made ahead, and frozen?

This looks delightful! I love anything lemon. My struggle is, I live in Australia & here we don't have cool whip, any suggestions on what I could use instead?

You can try to make your own whip cream with heavy cream and some confectionary sugar.

What is the cereal name -- that is used? I want to use it for a bible study in 3 weeks. Thank you.

We used Rice Krispies for this recipe. Thank you for your question!

I have made this similar recipe using Rice and Corn Chex cereal. It always makes a big hit in our household.


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