The Best Pinwheel Recipes

Whether you call them pinwheels or roll-ups, these flavor-packed swirly bites have become party classics. I love them because of the myriad of flavor combinations you can put together. And just like their namesakes of the paper variety, these colorful pinwheel recipes will capture the attention of your guests and up the fun of your next celebration.

different pinwheel appetizers on plates.

For this collection, I rounded up pinwheel recipes I’ve created and posted on Inspired by Charm during the past several years. Pinwheels are one of my favorite party finger foods. To make a pinwheel, you simply spread the filling on a flour tortilla, roll it up, and slice it. These pinwheel recipes are pretty simple and, not surprisingly, quite popular with blog readers.

FAQS about Pinwheel Recipes:

Before we jump into the recipes, let’s cover some basics. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about making delicious pinwheel recipes. 

Can I make pinwheels the day before?

Yes, you can absolutely make pinwheels the day before. Just make sure you keep the air off of them. Wrap them in plastic food storage wrap or store them in an airtight food storage container.

What are Italian pinwheels made of?

In the following list, I’ll share my favorite pinwheel recipes. Italian pinwheels are really popular. They are usually filled with the same ingredients as an Italian club sandwich – ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone cheese, cream cheese, and Italian spices.

Should I refrigerate pinwheels before cutting them?

Yes, refrigerating the pinwheels before you slice them is a fantastic way to help them hold together better. The cream cheese filling will harden a bit, which keeps all the ingredients rolled up as you cut them into slices.

How do you make pinwheels for kids?

If you know you will serve pinwheels to kids, just use some kid-friendly ingredients. Depending on the crowd, this usually means avoiding veggies inside the pinwheels. Turkey and cream cheese pinwheels are generally kid-friendly choices.

taco pinwheel appetizer on a platter.

Favorite Serving Pieces for Pinwheels

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Pinwheel Tips

  • Use any type of tortilla you like for your pinwheel recipes. I often use whole-wheat tortillas for my roll-ups.
  • Refrigerate the rolled-up tortillas before cutting them. This allows them to firm up, resulting in a prettier presentation.
  • Get creative! Turn your favorite recipe into a delicious pinwheel appetizer. Some examples include Reuben pinwheels, Greek salad pinwheels, jalapeño popper pinwheels, etc.


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Best Pinwheel Recipes

Below are my favorite pinwheel recipes for your next gathering or just when the snack craving hits. They are all similar but also completely different. Pick out and make your favorites.

1. Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups

If you’re looking for a simple but flavorful appetizer that’s easy to make, you need to try these Turkey Bacon Cranberry Roll-Ups. They make the perfect tasty treat for any occasion.

turkey and cranberry tortilla roll up

2. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

If you’re a fan of Buffalo wings, you will want to make these pinwheels. Just cook chicken breasts and allow them to cool. Then chop the meat and mix it with cheese, onion, spices, and, of course, Buffalo wing sauce.

I like to serve these pinwheels with celery sticks. You could also provide ranch, veggie dip, blue cheese dressing for dipping if you prefer.

Buffalo chicken roll up

3. Italian Sub Sandwich Pinwheels

These pinwheels channel the flavors of a classic Italian sub. A layer of cream cheese is blended with Italian seasonings and sub fixings, such as chopped banana peppers and black olives. Then it’s all topped with pepperoni, salami, Provolone, tomato slices, and mixed greens.

After rolling the tortillas up, insert a few toothpicks to hold them together. Your guests will want seconds and thirds of these pinwheels, so make plenty.

Italian sub inspired appetizer

4. Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Pinwheels

The filling for these pinwheels is a mixture of cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and fresh basil leaves. The green and red elements play off each other, giving these pinwheels a delectable look and flavor. I promise you’ll be finding excuses to serve them.

sun-dried tomato and basil inside of cheesy pinwheel appetizer

5. Veggie Pizza Pinwheels

These Veggie Pizza Roll-Ups combine two of my favorite appetizer ideas into one easy and delicious recipe everyone will love. I like them so much because they are very simple to make and are packed with flavor. I also find it hard to resist any appetizer that involves cream cheese and/or ranch flavoring.

tortillas rolled up with veggies inside

6. Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa Pinwheels

This pinwheel recipe gets its visual punch from green flour tortillas. While these pinwheels are delicious with salsa any time of the year, they are perfect for the holidays when stacked in a tree shape and garnished with cherry tomato “ornaments” and a yellow pepper “star.” Can you say, “Oh, tortilla Tannenbaum?”

close up of salsa cream cheese roll-ups
pinwheel appetizer stacked like a Christmas tree

7. Cheddar Bacon Ranch Tortilla Pinwheels

In this variation of a classic pinwheel, I boosted the flavor with minced fresh herbs, cooked and chopped thick-cut bacon, and powdered ranch dressing mix. A crowd-pleaser, this pinwheel recipe is another one you’ll want to keep handy during the holiday season.

tortilla roll-ups with bacon and cheese

8. Taco Pinwheels

Served with a side of salsa, these taco pinwheels are an easy and flavorful appetizer recipe that’s perfect for entertaining. Mine are made with taco seasoning, cheddar cheese, chicken, olives, and jalapeño, but feel free to customize them with your favorite taco toppings.

taco pinwheels with salsa on the side.

Dessert Pinwheels

Pinwheels can be dessert too! Here are two of my favorites!

9. Pinwheel Cookies

I made these Pinwheel Cookies for Christmas, but you can make them any colors to suit your event or celebration! These will make a colorful and bold addition to your cookie platter.

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10. Cherry Almond Pinwheel Cookies

Cherry cookie dough and almond cookie dough are swirled together to create these light, crisp, and flavorful Cherry Almond Pinwheel Cookies. If you’re looking to add color, pattern, and festive flavor to your cookie trays, these will do the trick!

Cherry Almond Pinwheel Cookies on plate.

That’s a Wrap on Pinwheel Recipes!

Which of these recipes will you make for your next dinner or party? Let us know what your favorite ingredients are and how you like to serve pinwheels.


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  • Evangeline Garcia at

    Hi Michael xoxo and a big hug I have tierd these and they didn’t turn out right and they did’nt like them somm one probom I had they didn’t stay together.ops what went wrong try four different kinds to wraps love youpresentations .Gave a hint on how to make look so pretty like yours ???

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi there. Can you give me a little more information? Which ones did you try? The filling should hold them together. Perhaps you’re not rolling them tight enough?

      xo Michael

  • Ivory at

    I haven’t tried all of these pinwheels, but the ones I have made was amazing. I will try them all. Thanks Michael

  • Donna at

    These all look so good, Michael! All perfect for summer entertaining! Thanks for sharing!

  • Liz at

    Which is the best pinwheel to make the night before?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I think they would all do great overnight with the exception of the Italian Sub.

      xo Michael

  • Stephanie at

    Michael, question. I made the Italian sub pinwheels for a football tailgate and they were a huge hit. I have made the sundried tomato ones before and they are my personal favorite. I’m hosting a bridal shower for 60+ ladies and chicken salad is already on the menu. I need a pinwheel without chicken to go as another option. What do you think about ham in with the sundried ones? I feel the sundried ones I can make up ahead easier and I won’t worry with wilty lettuce or soggy tomatoes. Thought or ideas? any other no fail shower food ideas? preferably without oven prep bc the rental facility does not have and it is about 30 in travel.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Stephanie, so glad you like them! Ham could work. I think a turkey or chicken (which I know you said you didn’t want) would be a better flavor combination. You’re welcome to search all of my appetizers HERE, but other than dips, nothing is standing out to me. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  • Leah at

    Yummy! I now know what I’m making for tonight’s dinner. IBC always inspires me.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yay! Enjoy the recipes!!

      xo Michael

  • Lori H at

    These all look wonderful, Michael, and perfect for casual summer noshing 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! Yes! And so simple to make!

      xo Michael

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