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Pine Tree Cheese Melts

Want to branch out from traditional grilled cheese sandwiches? Make 'em festive with cute winter-themed cutters like pine trees or mittens. Try these with whole wheat bread and sourdough if it better suits your family's tastes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    9 sandwiches


  • 9 slices white bread
  • 9 slices pumpernickel bread
  • 3 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Butter, softened


  • Using a 3-1/2-in. cookie cutter, cut a shape in the center of each slice of bread; remove cutouts. Place a white bread cutout in each slice of pumpernickel. Place a pumpernickel cutout in each slice of white bread.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, onions, basil and garlic powder. Spread over half of the bread slices; top with remaining bread. Butter outsides of sandwiches.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches on each side until golden brown and cheese is melted.

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  • Sizzlinsandy
    Jan 15, 2013

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  • mvollmer
    Jan 15, 2013

    Although I haven't tried this yet, this is such a cute idea and a great alternative to a regular grilled cheese sandwich. Plan to make these along side some good soup this weekend. Looks like a winner!

  • AuntieA1955
    Jan 15, 2013

    This is a chidhood sanwhich in my family too, soooo good!

  • AuntieA1955
    Jan 15, 2013

    My Jewish husband has discribed his Grandmother making a very similar sandwich using Pumpernickel Rye bread but maybe not the cut-out. I could incorporate the cut-out, he'd like that.

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  • annsway1
    Jan 15, 2013

    I am 64 years old and have been looking for this recipe nearly that long.LOL. Try it, you will like it. I had this as a child and never forgot the way it tasted......