Fun Flower Sandwiches Recipe

By Penelope Henderson, MSc, RNutr/ 09/29/2021
flower sandwich recipe

Flower sandwiches make plain sandwiches into something more fun for kids and therefore more appealing to eat!

Using a flower, wavy or star shaped cutter you can easily transform into a flower shape which will look more special and attractive for kids. These would also be a delight for a children’s party. This blog will share the recipe, with instructions on how to make them along with a video.

What are flower sandwiches?

Flower sandwiches are simply filled sandwiches of a filling of your choice which are cut into the shape of a flower and decorated with chopped vegetable pieces such as cucumber for a stalk. 

Ingredients

Here’s what I included in this recipe; bread, ham, cream cheese, tomato and cucumber. 

a loaf of white bread sliced

Bread

Preferably use white soft bread as its cuts more easily. However if the bread is soft you can still use seeded, wholemeal as long as it’s soft enough to cut through with a cutter. 

Cream cheese

Soft cream cheese as it’s easy to spread. You can buy ones with herbs etc too if you prefer.

Ham

Thin slices of ham of your choice or if you are vegetarian then you would not use ham at all and stick with using just the cream cheese.

Tomato

a pile of cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes cut into quarters or if you want to use larger tomatoes just make sure you are cutting the tomato into very small pieces.

Cucumber

Any type of cucumber is fine, alternatively a thin green bean would look good too.

Variations

different sandwich fillings including cheese, egg & chicken

However the fillings could also be adjusted to suit tiny tastes or fussy eaters. Some other suggestions include hommous, tuna, cheeses, shredded chicken or cooked egg. Just ensure they are soft and not too thick or it will make it more difficult to cut through.

How to make a flower sandwich

Food art is amazing but having the patience is something else! I am all for ease and fun when it comes to cooking with kids. 

They are very easy and quick to make. They also make a great activity to encourage your child to try new foods if you are struggling with particular foods like vegetables as they are cut up into small pieces.

You start by making a normal sandwich with two slices of soft bread and putting your filling of choice inside. I suggest nothing too thick or difficult to cut through as it will make it tricky for the cutter to cut through.

Taking a cutter, preferably flower shaped cut through the sandwich in a few places. Hopefully it will make two small flowers. Then take a straw end and make a small insert in the centre of each flower. 

a sandwich being cut out with a flower cutter

Take a cherry tomato and cut it into quarters or smaller and place a piece in the centre of the flower sandwich. Then cut a thin strip of cucumber and place it beneath the sandwich to look like a stalk and there you have a beautiful picture. 

Recipe FAQ

What ingredients can I swap out?

This is a very versatile recipe so you can play around with different fillings and as well as the type of bread. White bread is the easiest to use as it cuts easily but you could also try seeded, wholemeal or even pitta bread.

How do I serve them?

They are served cold and can be served as a snack or for lunch as a bigger portion. Portion sizes will vary depending on the age of your child.

How to store?

They can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for a day.

What age are they suitable for?

They are suitable from around 10 months. I would ensure that the tomato is cut small enough for under 5 years to ensure they are not a choking hazard. I would ensure they are cut into quarters.

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fruit flower sandwiches made with fruit and cream cheese

If you would like more ways to make food fun then you might like to check out my blog- 6 steps to eating nutritious foods and ways to make it fun.

For more fun food ideas and recipes you may like to check out my 10 food exploration recipe cards that are fun and easy to create with toddlers in mind. 

flower sandwich recipe

Flower sandwiches

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Servings 1

Equipment

  • 1 cookie cutter (flower or wavy shaped)

Ingredients
  

  • 2 slices white sliced bread
  • 1 slice cooked ham thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 cherry tomato
  • 1 strip cucumber

Instructions
 

  • Begin by making the sandwich – spread one side of bread with cream cheese and put the ham on top, followed by the other slice of bread.
  • Using a flower shaped cutter, cut flower shapes out of the sandwich. start in the corner to make sure you get as many out of the bread as possible.
  • TIP – crusts can be removed and eaten or baked in oven to make breadsticks
  • Make a hole in the centre of the sandwich with a straw or something round.
  • Fill the hole with a quarter of a cherry tomato and add a strip of cucumber for the stem.
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Conclusion

I hope this has given you inspiration to go and try making these cute sandwiches with your kids. I would like to know what fillings your kids enjoy in their sandwiches. Please leave a comment below. 

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Author Penelope Henderson

Hi I’m Penelope Henderson RNutr Registered Nutritionist specialising in children’s nutrition and responsive feeding therapy.

I am a mum of 2, with over 15 years of experience in nutrition. I support parents to feel confident in how and what to feed their child. I hope you find my recipes and nutrition posts useful, so you can enjoy stress free cooking and mealtimes.

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