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.
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.
Favorite Serving Pieces for Pinwheels
I believe that any recipe looks better when presented beautifully; these are some of my favorite service pieces to make your recipes look their best.
- serving bowl
- square Platter
- Cuarto Platters (all sizes)
- wood and marble cake stand
- Cambridge platters
- shallow serving dish
- large woven serving tray
- white Staub rectangular bakers
- small serving bowls
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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
Pinwheels can be dessert too! Here are two of my favorites!
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.
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!
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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