Cucumber, Dill & Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Who gets to the age of bleep without eating cucumber tea sandwiches?  Alas me, but fortunately I remedied this last weekend at a (bloggers’) Downton Abbey Tea Exchange, hosted by Karis of Karis’ Kitchen.  All the food was wonderful (I brought my shortbread) and Lisa’s cucumber, dill & cream cheese tea sandwiches stood out as perfect for my upcoming book club meeting.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

In the cold days of January it felt great to buy fresh dill from the local grocery store and I even found an organic English cucumber at Trader Joe’s (cucumbers are frequently on the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list of contaminated produce, so I try to go organic if I can).  The recipe (originally here but which of course I altered)  calls for thinly-sliced bread and I found a loaf in the bakery section of the grocery store that looked like it would work.

Bakery White Loaf

Bakery White Loaf–Slightly Thinner Slices

cucumber dill and cream cheese

Cucumber Tea Sandwich Ingredients

As I prepared for the book club members to arrive, my middle daughter hovered around.  I offered her a sandwich and as she tasted  her eyes grew wide, “How could these be so good?”  As she moved in and out of the kitchen looking longingly at the prep area, I decided I had better make some additional sandwiches.  If you decide to try these, this is your warning 😉

A great PBS series, good book, and fresh cucumber and dill sandwiches twice in one week!  Life is good!

Cucumber, Dill & Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber, Dill & Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches–Served

Cucumber, Dill & Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches


  • 1/2 English cucumber, unpeeled
  • 8 ounce whipped cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/8 t garlic powder
  • 1 T chopped fresh dill
  • 1 loaf thinly sliced white bread


1.  Cut cucumber into thin slices (a mandolin works well for this).

Cucumber Slices

Slice Cucumbers Thinly

2.  Stir cream cheese, garlic and dill together until smooth.

3.  Spread bread with cream cheese, layer with cucumber slices, then top with second piece of bread also spread with cream cheese.  Remove crusts and cut into quarters.  (Alternatively, if you want to use the crusts for bread crumbs, cut bread before making sandwiches.)

Quartered bread slice

My (admittedly harder) prep method

Tea Sandwich

Finished Tea Sandwich

4.  Serve garnished with a sprig of fresh dill.’

Makes about 3 dozen (small) sandwiches.

Fresh Dill Sprig

Fresh Dill Sprig – Heaven in January

34 thoughts on “Cucumber, Dill & Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      They had a package of rye that would have been perfect–thin, small and even square–and I was soooo tempted to use that. Perhaps next time! Thanks for your variation–I know I am always buried in CSA cucumbers in the summer.

  1. Lisa @ Lisa Living Well

    I’m so glad they turned out well for you. I don’t think I told you this, but I hunted for what I thought would be the perfect recipe for weeks! I’m picky like that though, especially when I have the time to look. I was actually surprised at how good the leftovers were a day later because from what I read, I expected them to get soggy. I definitely want to make the recipe on a Sunday night so I can have some sandwiches for the work week.

    What book did you read for your club?

    Oh and your shortbread was superb! I love shortbread and actually hadn’t made it myself until last year. The lavender flavored one was perfect.

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      I am happy to hear that the leftovers were good because there were a few quarters left that the kids took off to school for lunch and I was also afraid they’d get soggy (though they looked fine). This was the perfect recipe for Sunday–and equally good for book club (where they also got some leftover shortbread–my husband couldn’t believe I bought yet another shortbread mold;-) )!

      We read Caleb’s Crossing for this month. I love being in a book club. I can procrastinate (especially with discretionary activities) so it keeps me on task–and of course the meetings are fun!

      I am looking forward to the Oscar party!

  2. grace

    i can’t say i’ve ever eaten a sandwich like this either! i have, however, seen downton abbey, and i love it. 🙂

  3. Needful Things

    Now I know what to take for my book club meeting next Friday.
    Cucumber sandwiches were a staple at tea parties back home. I haven’t had one in years and years… thanks for reminding me how much I love them.

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      I need to use up the rest of the cucumber and was thinking of the Packer game on Saturday–so I hope they aren’t too sophisticated 😉 Actually DH has a party so it will just be us girls and I may get away with it. Perhaps I can color the cream cheese yellow for this!

  4. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer

    That’s a terrific idea for our book club meeting. We try to serve ethnic food depending on the book when the meeting is at our houses. My book will be “Prague Winter” by Madaline Albright. It’s about her life in Czechoslovakia. Do you know any typically Czech recipes?

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      Mmmm, Czech food should be delicious! My mom used to make great cabbage rolls, but that might be a big hard for book club… You should post whatever you do!

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  6. Balvinder

    We love cucumber sandwiches and these are my favorite food to take it to any small gathering. I make slight changes every time I take.

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