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Herby Tea Sandwiches (for a Fun Herb Taste Test)

Help your kids taste-test herbs by mixing them with cream cheese, with a little butter to make the combo extra creamy and spreadable. Generally, you can use up to 1 tablespoon of minced herbs per ounce of cream cheese, though you’ll want to use less when working with stronger-flavored herbs like rosemary, thyme, and lavender.

Give every kid a dollop of flavored spread. When they find their favorites, make these tender little tea sandwiches.



  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup minced, fresh herbs (use less, to taste, for pungent herbs like rosemary)
  • teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 8 slices soft white whole wheat bread, crusts removed
  • ½ English cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 8 slices paper-thin ham (optional)


  1. Step 1

    In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, herbs, and salt until well combined. Spread on the sliced bread.

  2. Step 2

    Top four of the bread slices with an even layer of cucumbers and/or ham. Add the remaining slices of bread on top and cut each sandwich into triangles.