3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
A couple drops pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup raspberry or strawberry preserves
1 cup pure maple syrup
8 slices white bread
2 tablespoons butter
In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla and set near the stove. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and preserves; set aside.
Ask a grown-up helper (GH) to warm the syrup in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over four bread slices. Top with the remaining four bread slices to make four sammies. Cut each sammy using a 4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Snack on the crusts.
Ask your GH to melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dip the hearts in the egg mixture and, with the help of your GH, cook in the skillet, turning once with a spatula, until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Serve the hearts with the warm syrup.