Easy Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Freaking cute ham and cheese sandwiches perfect for afternoon tea, parties, and snack time! Two bites and they’re gone.

Ham and cheese sandwiches

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Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Double stacked and gone in 2-3 bites, these ham and cheese finger sandwiches are an adorable miniature version of a regular, full-sized sandwich.

Tea sandwiches are small, neat, and compact as they’re meant to be dainty. And these certainly check all the boxes.

With alternating layers of bread, ham, and cheese, the sandwiches are topped with a microgreen leaf and skewed with a cocktail fork.

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Ham and cheese tea sandwiches

What I Used to Make Ham & Cheese Mini Sandwiches

  • Japanese mayonnaise
    This is my secret ingredient that makes my sandwiches taste SO GOOD.
  • Dijon mustard
    THE best mustard. PERIOD. Move over Grey Poupon.
  • Very thin white bread
  • Sliced Black Forest ham, sliced Swiss cheese, microgreen leaves
  • Cornichons
    I serve these tiny pickles which go amazingly well with the sandwiches.
  • Round cookie cutter
    Having the set makes it easy for me to cut out the right size bread.
  • Cocktail forks
    I like adding these forks since they make it neater to pick up the sandwiches.

Ham and cheese sandwiches

How to Make Ham and Cheese Finger Sandwiches

This recipe is all about cutting out circles using a cookie cutter and stacking them. Easy peasy. 

With a round cookie cutter, start cutting perfect circles out of the ham and cheese. Use the same cookie cutter size so that all circles are the exact same size.

At the deli, I ask them to cut the ham and cheese into the same thickness so that they look prettier when stacked on top of each other. 

You can go with any ham you like. For this, I went with Black Forest ham.

Did you know it’s called Black Forest ham since the ham is produced in the Black Forest region of Germany? Thanks, Wikipedia! 

Did you know it can only be called Black Forest ham if it comes from that area of Germany? Huh, Black Forest ham is the Champagne of the deli meats world. How fancy.

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Ham and cheese finger sandwiches

Hole-y moly! Ok, I’ll stop.

Cut even bigger circles out of the Swiss cheese.

Hmm, does this mean Swiss cheese is also named because it has to be produced from Switzerland? NOPE. 

Apparently Swiss is not so fancy as the Black Forest ham. Sorry, Swiss cheese, but you’re just a generic name for cheese that’s made in the US that resembles cheese that once came out of Switzerland, the Emmental.

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Use the same cookie cutter to cut holes out of the bread. 

Get ready for a pro tip! Freeze the bread and then cut out circles one slice at a time. You’ll get nicer sides that don’t look as pinched as you would with room temperature bread.

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Assembling the Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwich

Let’s stack them up!

In between each layer, I slather on some mayo (the Japanese mayo is my ultimate favorite) and Dijon mustard (and also this mustard is my holy grail mustard and the only one I use), alternating layers.

This is the order: Bread, mayo, ham, mustard, cheese, mayo, bread, mayo, ham, mustard, cheese, bread.

The mayo and mustard do two things: they bind the layers together so it’s much neater to pick up and eat AND it keeps the sandwich from being too dry.

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Ham mini sandwiches

I top the whole thing with a tiny green edible leaf and skewer it all together with the cocktail forks. CUTE!

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Mini ham and cheese sandwiches

Kid-Friendly Snack Idea

These are fun kid-friendly snacks for kids that you can make with them. I would take the cocktail forks out though since that’s a little too fussy for a snack. Oh, and there’s that whole pesky pointy things and eyes when it comes to kids.

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Serve with a Side of Cornichons

I like to serve these mini bites with cornichons which are basically tiny pickles. They’re such a great burst of flavor that cuts through the richness of the sandwich.

I first tried making the sandwiches with the cornichon all cut up and mixed with the mayo but that really didn’t work. By cutting it up into small pieces, it made the sandwich lumpy (gasp! no!) and I missed the satisfying crunch.

Serve the cornichons alongside in a small bowl. Guests can use the cocktail fork to eat the cornichons if they wish.

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Ham sandwiches for tea

Best Tea to Pair with Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

A black tea would go perfectly with the hearty flavors of this sandwich. It’ll hold up well through the richness from the ham and the Swiss cheese.

I would recommend Earl Grey, English Breakfast, or Darjeeling. 

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Easy Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Easy Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Yield: Makes 4 tea sandwiches

Adorable ham and cheese sandwiches perfect for afternoon tea, parties, and snack time!



  1. Using a round cookie cutter no more than 3", cut out 8 circles of ham, 8 circles of cheese.
  2. Use the same cookie cutter to cut out 12 circles of bread. Make sure not to include any of the crust.
  3. Assemble the sandwich by stacking the circles together. Bread with a slather of mayo, then ham with some mustard, followed by cheese and mayo. And repeat with bread, mayo, ham, mustard, cheese, mayo, and finally, the top piece of bread.
  4. Garnish with a microgreen leaf and skewer the whole thing with a cocktail fork.


Frozen bread cuts neater than room temperature bread.

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  • yamaris Dujmic
    11 months ago

    How far in advance can we make these?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      11 months ago

      Hi Yamaris, to make these ahead of time, I would cut the circles out the day before then assemble the morning you’ll be serving them. For the bread, you can freeze the circles in an airtight bag or container and take them out of the freezer until the next morning. Once the sandwiches are assembled, you can put them in the fridge covered loosely in damp paper towels so the bread doesn’t dry out.

  • Natalie
    11 months ago

    I am so happy I came across your website! How many sandwiches of this size would you recommend per person (I also plan to make scones and a tart.. But just as an idea).

    • Oh, How Civilized
      9 months ago

      Hi Natalie, happy you found my site! I would make 3-4 tea sandwiches per person but these are on the smaller side so I would do 4-5 per person.

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