Pencil Sandwiches

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  • Healthy and fun, these oversized-pencil sandwiches are a great way to get party guests to eat more than just sweet treats.

No. 2? No way! These pencil sandwiches will take first place at
a back-to-school celebration.


  • 16 slices white or light-colored wheat bread
  • 8 slices ham
  • 8 slices white cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices orange cheddar cheese
  • Mustard to taste
  • Mayonnaise to taste
  • Large black pitted olives

Tools and Materials

  • Small round bottle cap

Tip: A larger wider loaf of sandwich bread works best to create the pencil shape without leaving


  • Using a small bottle cap, cut semi circles out of one side of a slice of cheese by pressing down (like a cookie cutter).

  • Cut a thin strip off the edge of each slice of white cheddar.

  • Cut another strip approximately 1" wide of each slice of ham.

  • Lightly spread mustard on one slice of bread and mayonnaise on the other. (You can skip this step if your little ones don't prefer it.)

  • Put one slice of ham and one slice of white cheese inside each sandwich.

  • Trim the crust of the sandwich to make a rectangle.

  • Cut two of the corners off the rectangle to create the point of the pencil.

  • Place the orange cheese over the top of the sandwich with the scalloped side toward the point.

  • Place the cut piece of ham and the strip of white cheddar to create the "eraser."

  • Place each sandwich under a broiler only long enough to melt the cheese and keep the pencil together. (We recommend leaving this step until just before serving so the bread stays fresh.)

  • To make the "lead" of the pencil, cut small triangles out of the olives and use mayonnaise or mustard to help them stay in place.

Serves 8.