Happy July! I’m so excited that summer is here and in full swing. That means potlucks, BBQs, and picnics galore! If you’re looking for a simple picnic/potluck sandwich to impress, you must give these ham and swiss sliders a try. They are so simple yet so flavourful. We served them at Max’s birthday party and several people said they were the best sandwiches they had ever eaten.
I was trying to keep it simple but I didn’t realize I was making something so crave worthy in the process. The butter mustard topping is what makes it. It’s like the topping on an everything bagel took a swim in butter and mustard. Seriously, delicious.
The best part is they are just as delicious served fresh from the oven as they are at room temperature. Which means they’re great for bringing along to events away from the house. Just make sure to eat (or refrigerate) them within 2 hours of baking, and don’t leave them in the sun, if possible.
You can bet this will be my go-to sandwich to contribute to larger get togethers this summer. When it’s this simple and delicious do I really have any other option? ;)
Ham & Swiss Slider with Butter-Mustard Glaze
- 24 slider rolls (white, whole wheat, or gluten free)
- 24 slices honey ham
- 24 small slices swiss cheese
- 1.5 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- poppy seeds, for sprinkling
Spread both sides of the rolls with a thin layer of mayo. Top bottom half with a slice of ham and a slice of cheese. Place tops back on and arrange rolls on a rimmed baking sheet.
In a small bowl whisk together mustard, butter, onion, and Worcestershire sauce. Drizzle over prepared rolls. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
Cover with foil and bake at 350ºF for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes: 24 servings
Adapted from Annie’s Eats. Originally from Our Recipe Club.
I got the sudden urge to decorate sugar cookies last week. As you can see I got as far as making the cookies. :) But that was fun in and of itself. I did make one batch of the glaze and got approximately five cookies done before Max had already decorated (read: eaten) three cookies and Alli woke up wanting some attention. So I put that idea behind me and decided to freeze the rest in case the time ever came that I was able to decorate again (I am in no way a super mom and I’m ok with that).
- older kids can decorate with icing bags
- younger kids can spread the glaze on the cookies and decorate with sprinkles
I’m not usually a fan of sugar cookies. But these I can actually eat on their own without icing. I’m really into tea lately and these cookies are a perfect accompaniment to that.
These are the easiest sugar cookies I have ever made. Sugar cookies aren’t all that hard to make but there’s generally a lot of waiting time for the dough to chill before rolling, then trying to roll out a stiff dough or wait for it to soften before you roll it out. Simple enough really but it’s enough to stop me from making them on a whim. These cookies on the other hand were whipped up and baked in the time it took for James and Max to go grocery shopping. They left. I got the urge to bake. They came back. Half the cookies were baked and cooling on the counter while the remainder were in the fridge awaiting their turn in the oven.
The key to these cookies being able to be made so last minute is the fact that you don’t have to soften the butter. Cold butter means there’s no chill time before rolling it out which cuts the prep time down considerably. Plus they roll out like a dream. I made the original cookies at Christmas this year and knew they would be my sugar cookie of choice from then on.
I wanted the flavours to suite Easter so I opted to add some grated lemon zest to the dough. Delish!
Tips to Perfect Sugar Cookies
I’m no expert on sugar cookies but I do know a couple tricks to get them nearly perfect every time. At least it works for me!
Roll Out on Parchment Paper. Rolling the dough out on a floured piece of parchment paper means less flour is used (meaning softer cookies) and easier transportation to the baking sheet (which means less stretching and breaking).
Refrigerate Before Baking. Since this recipe is not refrigerated before rolling out you want to be sure to refrigerate it once the shapes are cut. That way it keeps it’s form and doesn’t spread.
Chill Before Cutting Out Delicate Pieces. If you’re wanting to make smaller cutouts in the cookie (like I did with the flowers) do so after they have chilled in the fridge, just before baking. This way you don’t have to worry about any delicate parts breaking when you transfer it to the baking sheet and it will hold it’s shape better.
The glaze for these cookies is lemony and sweet. Much sweeter then royal icing. You can’t really compare the two but it is much easier to make and decorates beautifully (just look at Amanda’s cookies). But, as I said it is very sweet so if you’re worried about that you may want to stick with royal icing.
Easy Lemon Sugar Cookies
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup cold salted butter, cubed
- Combine flour and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla and zest. Mix until incorporated.
- Add flour in three additions, scraping down as you go. Beat until combined (will be crumbly).
- Divide dough in half to roll out. Knead each piece on counter top until smooth. Roll out on floured parchment paper. Cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze for 5 minutes (or refrigerate for 15 minutes) to firm up.
- Bake @ 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let sit for 2 minutes before removing to wire rack or paper towel to cool.
Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies
Lemony Sugar Cookie Glaze
- 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
- Sift sugar into a bowl. Mix in lemon juice and corn syrup. Spread or pipe onto cookies.
Tip: If piping onto cookies check the consistency by doing the 10 second ribbon test. Drag a knife through the glaze and lift to make a ribbon. It should smooth out in 5-10 seconds. If the icing comes together before 5 seconds add more sugar. If the glaze comes together after 10 seconds add more liquid. This will ensure that it is firm enough to pipe but still loose enough to flood the cookie.
Makes enough for approximately 1 dozen cookies.
Sugar Cookies adapted from bake at 350. Sugar Cookie Glaze adapted from i am baker.