Butterfly Shaped Tea Sandwiches

Butterfly-Shaped Tea Sandwiches are perfect to make for spring and summer. I make these for tea parties and luncheons. 

I’m crazy about butterflies. I purposely plant flowers in my garden to attract them. To celebrate spring and/or summer, I prepared a tray of tea sandwiches.

Butterfly Shaped Tea Sandwiches

A tea sandwich is a dainty sandwich originally meant to be eaten at afternoon teatime to stave off hunger until the main meal.  They are perfect for garden parties, bridal and baby showers. I actually had a couple (or more) for lunch today.

I decided to make these sandwiches when I was going through my cookie cutter collection looking for a flower shaped cutter.  I’m so glad I found the butterfly first.

I’ve been collecting cookie cutters for years. I rarely use them to make cookies but they are wonderful when it comes to making tea sandwiches.

More Ideas for Pretty Cookie Cutter Sandwich 

On patriotic holidays I like to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids just in case they are in the mood to eat what the grownups are having. I make the sandwiches like I normally do. Then I use a star cookie cutter to cut out a star in the top slice of bread. 

The whole sandwiches are pretty and I don’t let the stars go to waste. I make tiny peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the stars. 

Overhead table view! Memorial Day Party featuring Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

You can use animal cookie cutters and take grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level. 

How about a teddy bear shaped sandwich? You only need a round cookie cutter, a drinking glass or clean tuna can to cut the bread out.

Make a peanut butter sandwich. Add sliced bananas for the ears. CUt out a bowtie-shaped apple slice, and add raisins for the eyes. Add Nutella, another banana slice and another raisin to complete the look. 

How to make sandwiches with cookie cutters

Fish shaped sandwiches are cute too. You’ll need blueberries, strawberries and a cream cheese mixture. Mix one 8 oz. package cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well combined.

Fish Shaped Sandwiches

How to Make Butterfly-Shaped Tea Sandwiches

Cut butterfly shapes with a cookie cutter. Spread with cream cheese mixture and add pickled cucumbers and olives. These open-faced sandwiches are so good and easy to make. 

Butterfly Shaped Tea Sandwiches


Butterfly-Shaped Tea Sandwiches

Butterfly-Shaped Tea Sandwiches

Yield: 24

The cucumber adds a nice crunch to these Butterfly-Shaped Tea Sandwiches. These are perfect to serve at a tea party.


  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese (feel free to use low-fat)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I always use Duke)
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 24 thin slices of bread
  • 12 stuffed olives


  1. Cut cucumbers into thin slices. Place in a bowl and cover with water and vinegar. Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, mayo, garlic powder, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Cut bread into butterfly shapes using a butterfly shaped cookie cutter.
  4. Spread each with cream cheese mixture.
  5. Cut one cucumber slice in half to form wings.
  6. Slice an olive in half and use the pimento for the antennae and place 1/2 olive for the body in between the wings.
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 113 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 5mg Sodium 180mg Carbohydrates 16g Fiber 1g Sugar 2g Protein 3g
When you soak the cucumber slices in the vinegar/water mixture, you’re doing quick pickling of the veggies.  The pickled cucumber adds a crispy zip to the cream cheese mixture.

Butterfly Shaped Tea Sandwiches

I used Pepperidge Farm very thin 100% whole wheat bread (40 calories a slice), but any thin bread will work.

Butterfly Tea Sandwiches

These sandwiches may look dainty, but they pack a powerful punch of flavors. What’s your favorite party sandwich?

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About Alli

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  1. I love cucumber tea sandwiches and the fact that you made them as butterflies is a double bonus! So adorable!

  2. I love love tea sandwiches – although I always pig out and eat basically the entire tray! Going to have to make these for Florence then maybe she’ll actually eat her lunch!

  3. These are so adorable! I am going to try making them for S and see if I can get her to eat the cucumber. She always loves tea parties.

  4. Okay, these are adorable. I can’t wait to play tea party with our little girl. I’m definitely pinning this for later! πŸ™‚

  5. Alli, these look so beautiful and yummy. I’ve never tried cucumbers with cream cheese. Very interesting combination.

  6. Our garden club has a grandkids day every summer and this would be perfect for their snack. Pinning!!

  7. My four year old would just love these. She has a thing for butterflies and she loves fancy little sandwiches. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. That is such a cute idea. I am always cutting out shapes for my toddler to eat. I would love to make these for myself.

  9. Oh, now you’re getting all Southern Belle on us! This brings back sweet memories of wedding showers and baby showers! We like our cucumbers sliced really thin for these tasty little sandwiches too. I love your butterfly shapes! Pinning to my Sandwich board.

  10. Ali! I LOVE these super cute. Im a huge fan of tea sandwiches and these couldn’t be cuter!

  11. Alli, these look yummy and beautiful. Cucumbers and olives with cream cheese, great combination.

  12. I am sure the kids will not think twice to grab one of those, how cute! Making the food looks great is always a factor to entice picky eaters.

  13. These look wonderful and I am sure that there are many different ways to make these. I can’t wait to give these a try. Thank you Alli

  14. these are so cute! I love High Tea so these would be perfect for it!

  15. I love these, how cute. Perfect for a brunch or even for kids and can make their own. I don’t like cream cheese so maybe I would do hummus on these instead. Thanks for the idea! πŸ™‚

  16. What a cute idea. I think these would be so fun in little ones lunches. I would enjoy them for tea!

  17. We love teas at our house! These sandwiches are adorable…and yummy looking too. πŸ™‚

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  18. The pickling tip is a great one. I have not thought of that. So sweet and yet elegant too.

  19. The butterfly sandwich looks so cool and would make great pick up meals for gatherings. It also looks really delicious.

  20. Wow – you are so creative! My daughter does not like the bread corners and she will love it if I make these lovely butterflies for her πŸ™‚

  21. These are so creative for tea parties!! I never thought to use cookie cutters on sandwiches like this!

  22. oh my goodness, what a cute idea!! I love going to tea parties, and throwing them, and I am totally going to make these at the next one!

  23. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    Those are so cute! I love butterflies to begin with and would love to have a butterfly shaped cutter. I am so making these today.

  24. Very creative presentation. This is one of those food that you won’t eat until you get the perfect picture. πŸ™‚

  25. Rebecca Swenor says

    These are really cute and it is very creative to make the sandwiches this way. It would be great for a small get together. Thanks for sharing.

  26. That looks super amazing! I love cucumbers on a salad and this is an adorable shape to eat this!

  27. This is probably the cutest sandwich ever! πŸ™‚ And tasty. The ingredients remind me of a traditional tea sandwich.

  28. It’s a really cute way to serve a sandwich. Bet even my teen would like this one, though she’d never admit it aloud. πŸ˜‰

  29. What an awesome idea! Why didn’t think of this? πŸ˜€ I have some metal cookie cutter that could go perfect for this. Thank you for sharing!

  30. I want to throw a spring party now! How lovely these are!

  31. That’s such a cute sandwich and perfect for a spring luncheon.

  32. Wow !! It looks beautiful. I like the recipe so much. I can’t wait to try making this awesome recipe on later today. Especially looks gorgeous for the butterfly shape. Thanks for sharing the great recipe.

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