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Butterfly Cheese Sandwiches

 Butterfly Cheese Sandwiches
I used a cookie cutter to shape these sandwiches, then decorated them using olives and piped cream cheese.—Lenore Walters, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 slices white bread
  • 12 slices American cheese
  • 22 pitted ripe olives

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk, garlic powder and onion
  • powder until smooth; set side 1/4 cup. Spread 1 tablespoon of the
  • remaining cream cheese mixture over each slice of bread. Top each
  • with a cheese slice. Cut out each sandwich with a butterfly-shaped
  • cookie cutter.
  • Cut 12 olives in half lengthwise; place two halves, cut side down, in
  • the center of each sandwich for butterfly body. Cut remaining whole
  • olives into slices; place two on each wing. Set olive ends aside.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a
  • small start tip. Fill bag with reserved cream cheese mixture. Pipe
  • star on each olive slice; pipe two stars on front of each butterfly
  • body for eyes. Cut olive ends into small pieces; place on eyes.
  • Yield: 1 dozen.