Three-ingredient strawberry cream cheese tea sandwiches are perfect for spring holidays and brunches. Cute and dainty, these petite bites are as fun to eat as they are to assemble.
Why you will love these
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and these petite heart-shaped sandwiches are a delicious way to celebrate. They have just three ingredients and don't require any cooking.
Strawberry tea sandwiches are fun for kids and adults alike. Serve for breakfast, as a light lunch, or as an after school snack.
Tea sandwiches are small in size and the fillings are typically dainty and light. Common fillings include spreadable cheeses, egg or ham salads, and thin-sliced vegetables.
Their name comes from these sandwiches traditionally being served as part of a British tea service.
Petite sandwiches - also called finger sandwiches - are ideal for brunch buffets, bridal or baby showers, Easter menus, Mother's Day, and more. An assortment of small nibbles is a fun way to enjoy lunch with friends - with or without tea.
- Bread - It's most important to use fresh bread. White bread is very popular for tea sandwiches, but pumpernickel, rye, and wheat are great options too.
- Strawberry cream cheese can be found in most supermarkets or at your local bagel shop. If not available, plain cream cheese is just fine.
- Fresh strawberries add fresh flavor and a beautiful pop of color.
How to make
See the recipe card for complete instructions and ingredient amounts.
- Spread the cream cheese on one side of each slice of bread.
- Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out two hearts from each piece of bread. You can save the scraps for snacking!
No cookie cutter? No problem! Simply trim the crusts off of the bread and cut in half diagonally and in half again to create small triangles.
- Cut the strawberries into thin slices and arrange on top of the cream cheese. For open-faced sandwiches, top all 12 hearts with strawberries. For closed-faced sandwiches, top 6 hearts with strawberries and then top with the other 6 hearts.
Can I make these sandwiches ahead of time?
For best results, I prefer to make these right before serving to keep the bread as fresh as possible. If necessary, the sandwiches can be prepped no more than one day ahead of time. Prepare and wrap in wax paper, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If the berries are juicy, wait to layer them on top just before serving to prevent the sandwiches from turning soggy.
Valentine's Day - Build a snack board with strawberry tea sandwiches, Brie and sliced apples, crackers, almonds, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Easter brunch or Mother's Day - Serve a buffet of sweet and savory dishes: tea sandwiches, scones, deviled eggs, ham, fruit salad, broccoli cauliflower salad, sausage cheese balls, and hashbrown casserole.
Baby or bridal showers - Create a pretty 3-tiered tray of sweet and savory tea sandwiches - strawberry, cucumber, egg, ham, or chicken salad.
3-inch cookie cutter
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Strawberry Tea Sandwiches
- 6 slices fresh white bread or bread of choice
- 12-14 ounces strawberry cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 6-8 fresh strawberries
- Spread one side of each slice of bread with cream cheese. Using the cookie cutter, cut two hearts out of each slice of bread. (Note 1) Save the scraps for snacking.
- Slice the strawberries in thin slices and arrange on the cream cheese. For open-faced sandwiches, top all 12 hearts with strawberries. For closed-faced sandwiches, top 6 hearts with strawberries and top with the remaining 6 hearts.
- Serve immediately. (Note 2)
- 3-inch cookie cutter
- No cookie cutter? Simply use a knife to trim the crusts off of the bread. Slice in half diagonally and in half again to form small triangles.
- For the best results, assemble the sandwiches right before serving. If necessary, the sandwiches can be assembled no more than 1 day ahead of time. Wrap in parchment and refrigerate in an airtight container. If the strawberries are juicy, wait to add them until right before serving so the sandwiches don't turn soggy.
Nutritional information is an estimate and will vary depending upon the exact amounts and specific ingredients used.