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Double Decker Apricot Turkey Sandwiches

June 30, 2014

Lately I’ve been all about foods that are simple to put together, require little or no cooking, and somewhat stay in the low calorie range. I’m such a sucker for unique sandwiches, too. I say unique because I like ingredients that are more than my usual turkey and cheese or ham and cheese. I love everything about these Double Decker Apricot Turkey Sandwiches. All I had to read was “cream cheese” in the ingredient list and I was sold. Even they way they’re cut make lunch fun!

Double Decker Apricot Turkey Sandwiches

So, how’s it taste?

I wish I had amped up the cream cheese layer more for the picture, but I promise it’s a generous helping. Cream cheese and it stays in the low calorie range…score! It’s not just any cream cheese, but honey nut with chopped dried apricots! Here’s where it gives a nice texture contrast to all the creaminess. The next flavor burst comes from apricot jam mixed with Dijon mustard. Sweet and sour! I actually used mango chutney in place of the apricot jam and loved it. It made it a bit more tangier than sweet, but so good paired with that sweet cream cheese! The turkey rounds out the sandwich to make it hearty and filling. You could also use ham in place of the turkey or both!

Double Decker Apricot Turkey Sandwiches

The outside slices are cinnamon raisin bread. This is another selling point of this sandwich because it reminds me of my Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Honey and Fig. That sandwich is to die for and this one has similar flavor components. The double decker slice in the middle is whole wheat. You could leave this out if you’d like. Make sure to get similar-sized bread so your sandwiches will line up. I used Pepperidge Farm brand for both breads. I served these sandwiches in quartered slices and used toothpicks to keep them together. These would be great as little snacks at a party or just to make your lunch more exciting!

Yield: 8 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 min

Total Time: 20 min

Double Decker Apricot Turkey Sandwiches


1/3 cup apricot jam
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup honey-nut soft cream cheese (from 8 oz. tub)
2 tbsp. chopped dried apricots
16 slices cinnamon raisin bread
8 slices whole wheat bread
1 lb. thinly sliced smoked turkey


1. Mix apricot jam and mustard. Mix cream cheese and apricots.

2. Spread jam mixture on one side of 8 slices cinnamon bread and 8 slices wheat bread. Place turkey on cinnamon bread; add wheat bread with spread sides down.

3. Spread cream cheese mixture on remaining 8 slices cinnamon bread. Place cinnamon bread, cream cheese sides down, on sandwich stacks. Cut each sandwich diagonally into fourths to make 4 triangular sandwiches.

per serving: 330 calories, 8g fat, 50g carbs, 3g fiber, 18g protein

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  • cheri June 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Another great sandwich Leah, love the cream cheese with the dried apricots and the smoked turkey. Sweet and savory, my favorite combination.

  • Layla @ Brunch Time Baker June 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

    These sandwiches look so good! YUM

  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext June 30, 2014 at 10:36 am

    This sandwich looks amazing, Leah! Love the dried apricots- so delicious with turkey!

  • mary @ minutes per mile June 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    this sounds very interesting! i do a somewhat similar thing for breakfast sometimes — toasted bread, parmesan cheese (salty), apricot jam (sweet), and a fried egg. i love sandwiches with a little bit of sweet — and of course, cream cheese just makes everything the best.

  • alexandra June 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    That flavor combo sounds delicious! What a fun lunch!

  • Erin @ One Particular Kitchen June 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I neeeeeeed this! I never would have thought to use cinnamon swirl bread. So smart!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 1, 2014 at 5:24 am

    This looks absolutely epic! I love the sound of the cream cheese and the apricot together. I will definitely be trying it this weekend. I shall Tweet it now too 🙂

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic July 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

    You had me at cream cheese, too!

  • Olivia - Primavera Kitchen July 1, 2014 at 10:59 am

    OMG this sandwich must be divine!!! I’ve been all about foods that are simple to put together as well, Leah. Summer makes me a little lazy 😉 This cinnamon raisin bread looks so flavourful with turkey. Love love love!!

  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 1, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    What a unique and perfect pairing! This would make a great lunch 🙂

  • Annie @Maebells July 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I have been cravvvvving this since I saw it on Instagram! Love the unique flavor combo! And I am just like you, I love unique sandwiches, with a little creativity you can turn a sandwich into a culinary masterpiece!

  • Shannon @ Bake. Frost. Repeat. July 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Seriously? That sandwich looks amazing. I love the cream cheese and the cinnamon raisin bread. I would’ve never thought to put all that together with turkey. Totes trying it 🙂

  • Isadora @ She Likes Food July 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I’m totally on the same page as you! I love easy meals that require little cooking and I love unique sandwiches! I would have never thought to pair apricot and turkey on a sandwich but I’m so glad you did because it sounds amazing!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 2, 2014 at 7:25 am

    These are gorgeous sandwiches, Leah! Absolutely love the apricot and turkey…sounds like the flavors go together perfectly!

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron July 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Love the sweet-savory combination…I bet this sandwich made lunch extra delicious and fun!

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! July 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I have never made a savory sandwich with cinnamon raisin bread. Love the sweet and sour combo you’ve got going on here! This is def a must-make 🙂