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Cucumber tea sandwiches make a classic appetizer when entertaining or for showers, brunches and parties.

One of my favorite things to serve for showers or lunches are cucumber tea sandwiches. A definite classic little nibble that sure does disappear fast.

I remember growing up and watching Mother make cucumber tea sandwiches for various events, especially showers. I was always so impressed that in just a few minutes she had a beautiful tray of these sandwiches for her parties. I always loved the few extras she made for my sister and me to test to make sure they were just perfect.

They are such a great balance of cool, crisp cucumber with a smooth spread on top of a thin piece of bread with just the perfect amount of flair for a party. It’s no wonder they were always one of the first things to disappear. Mother would sometimes make them with breads like a pumpernickel or rye, but a good thin white bread has always been my favorite.

We always love to serve them as round open-faced bites so you can see the cucumber and so we get to include that pretty little dollop of cream cheese filling on the top with a sprig of dill. I think it’s just beautiful that way, but you can also make them by spreading one side of a piece of bread with your cream cheese filling, top with cucumbers and another piece of bread spread with filling. Then, cut away any crust on your bread and slice into four equal square bites or two lovely triangles for larger sandwiches. Just have fun with it and find your favorite way.

Here’s how you make them.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Appetizers β€” 20 mins

Prep Time 20 mins
Servings 12
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
Cucumber tea sandwiches make a classic appetizer when entertaining or for showers, brunches and parties.


  • 2 cucumbers
  • 12 slices thin bread
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • pinch garlic powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped + sprigs for decoration


  • Use a fork to remove strips of peeling from the cucumber.
  • Slice cucumbers into thin round slices.
  • Set aside on paper towels to drain.
  • Cut bread into circle or simply remove crust and cut into four equal square pieces.
  • Cream together cream cheese and mayonnaise.
  • Add garlic powder, salt and dill.
  • Spread one side of bread with cream cheese mixture.
  • Top with cucumber slice.
  • If serving open faced, then decorate with a bit of cream cheese mixture and sprig of dill.
  • If serving closed, spread another piece of bread with spread and place on top of cucumber.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Beautiful picture! We are enjoying fresh cucumbers from our garden, so I will make these as soon as I buy some cream cheese! Thanks.

  2. there really is nothing quite like a cucumber sammie on a hot summer day . . . cools yuh right down . . . but then again, might be the sangria i have in my hand too . . .

  3. I love these tea sandwiches but have never have them open faced like this, what a wonderful and beautiful idea!

  4. The impact of these is just amazing!! I feel like I could actually attempt them… and I cant wait to try one! It sounds just delicious!

  5. These are beautiful!! I’d love to make them the next time my Mother IN Law comes to visit…we love to have tea together πŸ™‚

  6. These are definitely a classic and I love them! I could probably eat the whole platter πŸ™‚

    Such a pretty tray of them!

  7. Yum, these are so good and adorable! Don’t invite me for any showers, unless you want to see 15 of these disappear in under 15 minutes!

  8. Gorgeous presentation!
    You know I have never had a cucumber sandwich…I love that there is cream cheese in there, sounds yummy!

  9. I bet going to a party hosted by you would be such fun! The lovely touches you add make such a difference. I think I’m going to have to make a vegan version of this for my next party!

  10. Cucumber sandwiches always make me think of our ladies teas. It’s fun to get all dressed up and enjoy summer’s bounty! I have not seen this style of presentation before….very clever and appealing.

  11. I’ve enjoyed making Cucumber Tea Sandwiches for showers and for Ladies Teas, but never open-faced like this. Beautiful, absolutely lovely! Thank you for the great idea!

  12. Cute idea! Our toddler is way into teatime, so I think I’ll try these for her.

    In the meantime, I’d like to add an idea to cucumber week. It’s a recipe straight from The Food Network Magazine itself, and a good one: Chicken with Pickle Sauce

    Best, Charity

  13. So darling! I’ve got cucumbers growing out my ears right now! I will certainly be making these little gems!

  14. Mother made these and I loved them. They were served at my cousins wedding! Pinning recipe!