Heart Tea Sandwiches

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Adorable heart-shaped tea sandwiches that’s super easy to make and completely delicious. It’s the perfect bite-sized savory for Valentine’s Day, bridal showers, and baby showers.

3 Heart Tea Sandwiches stacked together.

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Easy Heart Tea Sandwiches

Super cute and easy to make, these heart-shaped tea sandwiches are a savory treat that your guests will love. Soft white bread is layered with a strawberry cream cheese spread.

Perfect for baby or bridal showers, Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day tea time, the 2-bite sandwiches can be served with a pot of tea, or iced tea.

RELATED: 24 Best Tea Sandwiches

Recipe Highlights

  • There’s no cooking involved with this recipe. All you need to do is prep ingredients and assemble.
  • A heart cookie cutter is the key to getting the adorable shape but any simple cookie cutter shape will also work.
  • This recipe makes 4 tea sandwiches, which can serve 2 people.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients to make Heart Tea Sandwiches.
  • Very Thin white bread: Pepperidge Farm’s Very Thin white bread is used but you can use any white bread that’s on the thinner side. If the bread is too thick, the ratio of bread and filling will be off.
  • Freeze-dried strawberry powder: If you don’t have strawberry powder, you can use freeze-dried strawberries and crush them in a ziplock bag using a rolling pin or heavy bottle. Feel free to use any red-colored powder, like raspberry if you prefer them over strawberry.
  • Cream cheese: This and the strawberry powder creates strawberry flavored cream cheese.
  • Sugar: White granulated sugar works best since it’ll mix easily into the cream cheese.
  • Lemon juice: This adds fresh lemon flavor and helps to thin out the thick cream cheese so it’s spreadable.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Strawberry cream cheese in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Step 1: Mix cream cheese, strawberry powder, sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl to make the strawberry spread.

Cutting hearts out of white bread slices with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Step 2: Cut out 4 heart shapes out of 4 slices of bread using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

These are the 4 bread pieces that will top each tea sandwich.

Strawberry cream cheese spread on a slice of bread.

Step 3: On a slice of bread, spread a layer of the strawberry cream cheese.

Heart cookie cutter on a slice of bread with strawberry cream cheese.

Step 4: Use the same cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes from the bread. Repeat to create 8 more.

3 photos showing progression of making a heart tea sandwich.

Step 5: Assemble the sandwich. Place bread with strawberry filling on top of another strawberry filled bread. Place bread without strawberry filling on top.

Recipe Notes

Cut out each bread layer with strawberries separately.

Once the bread has be spread with the strawberry cream cheese, it may be tempting to stack the bread, then cut it with the cookie cutter, but the results won’t be as pretty.

Try different freeze-dried fruit powders.

The fruit powder is what gives the tea sandwiches its color and flavor. If you want to switch it up, go for raspberry, peach, or pomegranate powder.

Make them ahead of time.

These tea sandwiches are great for making ahead of time since the strawberry spread won’t get the bread soggy.

Make the sandwiches and store them overnight in the refrigerator. Loosely cover the sandwiches with wax paper and a damp paper towel in an airtight container. Don’t let the damp paper towel touch the sandwiches. The damp paper towel will help prevent the bread from drying out.

Expert Tips

  • Use softened cream cheese to make it easier to mix and spread onto the bread.
  • Tea sandwiches are meant to be eaten in 2 bites, so don’t make them too big if they’re to be served at tea time.
  • Black tea is traditionally what’s served with tea sandwiches. English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey are both great black tea options.
  • Freeze bread to get the cleanest cuts with the cookie cutter.
  • You can use cookie cutters in other shapes, but it’s best to go with a simple shape.

Questions You May Have

Should tea sandwiches be served cold?

No, all tea sandwiches should be served at room temperature. If you have them in the refrigerator, take them out at least 15 minutes before serving.

Can I make these dairy-free?

The cream cheese can be replaced with a plant-based cream cheese spread to make the sandwich dairy-free.

What are tea sandwiches?

Tea sandwiches are the first course of an afternoon tea service. They’re traditionally served with scones (second course) and mini pastries (third course). An assortment of 4-5 tea sandwiches are served per person.

Heart-shaped tea sandwiches with strawberry filling.

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Heart Tea Sandwiches

By: Jee Choe
Adorable heart-shaped tea sandwiches perfect for tea time and as appetizers for parties.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 tea sandwiches

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Make the strawberry cream cheese spread by mixing together softened cream cheese, strawberry powder, sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  • Cut 4 hearts out of the bread using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
    Avoid the cutting the crust. Set aside these 4 heart bread pieces, which won't get any strawberry cream cheese on them. These are the 4 bread pieces that will top each tea sandwich.
  • On a slice of bread, spread a layer of the strawberry cream cheese. Use the heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes out of the bread. Repeat to create 8 more.
    Avoid cutting the crust.
  • Assemble the sandwich.
    Place bread with strawberry filling on top of another strawberry filled bread. Place bread without strawberry filling on top.
  • Repeat until you make 4 tea sandwiches.

Notes

  • If you don’t have strawberry powder, you can use freeze-dried strawberries and crush them in a ziplock bag using a rolling pin or heavy bottle. Feel free to use any red-colored powder, like raspberry if you prefer them over strawberry.
    You can use cookie cutters in other shapes, but it’s best to go with a simple shape.
  • Freeze bread to get the cleanest cuts with the cookie cutter.
  • Tea sandwiches are meant to be eaten in 2 bites, so don’t make them too big if they’re to be served at tea time.
  • These tea sandwiches are great for making ahead of time since the strawberry spread won’t get the bread soggy. Make the sandwiches and store them overnight in the refrigerator. Loosely cover the sandwiches with wax paper and a damp paper towel in an airtight container. Don’t let the damp paper towel touch the sandwiches. The damp paper towel will help prevent the bread from drying out.

Nutrition

Calories: 250Carbohydrates: 43gProtein: 8gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 381mgPotassium: 148mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 166mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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