If you are looking for a delicious and easy way to add a little love to your Valentine’s Day, these heart shaped animal toasts are just the thing! Cookie cutters make the designs super simple so your kids can join in the fun and create their own extra special snack or lunch.
Heat Shaped Animal Toast Art – Ingredients:
– Your favorite pre sliced sandwich bread (I used sprouted grain)
- White or whole grain white pre sliced sandwich bread
- Deli style ham
- Jumbo black olives
- Orange cheese slices
- White cheese slices
- Peanut butter
- Hazelnut spread
- Red bell pepper
- Ripe avocado
- Lemon or lemon juice
- Desired seasonings for the avocado toast (I used salt and pepper)
- Large, medium, and small heart shaped cookie cutters
- Medium circle cookie cutters or large round piping tip
- Small round piping tip or toothpick
- Small zip top bag
- Small kitchen knife*
- All cutting should be done by an adult.
Step 1. Toast the slices of bread, and then use a large heart shaped cookie cutter to gently stamp the top of the heart shape into the bread that you will be using for the frog and bear. You want to do this while the toast is still warm (but not hot), and only press hard enough to imprint the shape, but not so hard that it cuts the bread out.
Step 2. To make the bear, spread peanut butter into the heart imprint. Flatten a piece of the white bread by either placing it under a dinner plate and firmly pressing down, or using a rolling pin. Then use
a small circle cookie cutter to cut out a circle, and cut it in half with the knife to make the ears. Use a small heart cookie cutter to cut a nose out of the white bread. (Reserve the extra white bread for the frog.) Use a tiny circle cookie cutter, or even a large round piping tip to cut the cheeks out of strawberry. Add all of your cutouts to the peanut butter. Place a little of the hazelnut spread into the zip top bag, and cut a tiny corner off. Pipe the eyes and nose.
Step 3. To make the pig, use your large heart shaped cutter to cut out the ham, and place it onto your toast. Use the small heart to cut 3 more shapes out of the ham. Place 2 at the top for the ears (you can play around with folding the hearts down to add a bit of personality). Use the small round piping tip or a toothpick to punch the nostrils out of the third piece, and place it onto your toast for the snout. Then use a small round circle cutter or a large round piping tip to cut the cheeks out of red pepper. Cut an olive in half, and use an even smaller cookie cutter or piping tip to cut the eyes out. You can use the same cutter to cut one of the pieces in half for a winking eye look. Place the eyes and cheeks on your ham.
Step 4. To make the frog, mash ¼ of the avocado with a little lemon juice and desired seasonings, using a fork. Cut 2 small hearts out of the flattened white bread. Spread the mashed avocado into the heart imprint in the toast. Add a white bread heart to either side for the legs, and cover them with the rest of the avocado. Use a medium sized circle cutter to cut 2 circles out of the white cheese for the eyes. Next cut an olive in half, and use a small heart cookie cutter to cut a heart out of each half. Place the cheese and olives onto the top of the frog for the eyes. Use the knife to cut a thin strip off of the edge of the leftover olive, and add it to the frog bending into a smile as you place it on top of the avocado. Finally, use a small circle cutter, or large round piping tip to cut the cheeks out of red pepper and place them under the eyes.
Step 5. To make the fish, use the large heart cookie cutter to cut a piece of the white cheese and place it onto your toast. Use the small heart cutter to cut 7 hearts out of each the white and orange cheese slices. Place the small hearts onto the large white heart alternating the colors and overlapping slightly as desired. Use the medium sized heart cookie cutter to cut the tail out of orange cheese and place onto your toast. Cut bubble hearts out of strawberry with the small heart cookie cutter, and cut the eye out of olive using either a small circle cutter or large round piping tip.
Enjoy your adorable heart filled toast art!! You can easily swap any of the ingredients out with your kids’ favorite sandwich toppings and bread.
Jessica Lucius is a food and flatlay stylist with a fondness for baking, making, and all things cute. She’s also the founder and creative force behind her newly established blog, Luxe and the Lady, where she shares fun ways to bring her favorite animals and childhood characters to life with food. When Jessica’s not busy playing with her food, or at the grocery picking out just the right ingredient to turn into eyes and ears, you can find her trail running, working out, reading, recipe testing, and playing with her fluffy baby lionhead bunny, Marshmallow. Follow Jessica on Instagram @luxeandthelady.