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Cream Cheese & Date Tea Sandwiches

3 oz. dried pitted dates, chopped 6 oz. cream cheese, softened 8 slices of cinnamon and raisin sandwich bread 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened fresh springs of mint

In a small bowl combine finely chopped dates and cream cheese. Mix well. Spread bread slices with the butter. Spread half of the bread slices with the cream cheese mixture. Press the other slices of bread on top to form 4 sandwiches. Trim off the crusts. Cut each sandwich into 3 fingers. Place sandiwhces onto a serving platter. Garnish each sandwich with a small sprig of mint. The tea sandwiches may be made up to 2 hours ahead, if they are covered tightly and refrigerated.

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