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Cream Cheese Pinwheels Appetizer Recipe

If you are looking for that perfect yummy, chewy, creamy, pop-in-your mouth appetizer, look no further! Cream Cheese Pinwheels are made with a creamy veggie filling and rolled up in a soft tortilla.

If you are looking for simple pinwheel recipes, you have come to the right places. This basic appetizer is probably one of the more popular pinwheel recipes. I love the ranch dressing seasoning flavor. This filling is so good, you can even use it as a base for a cheese ball appetizer.

They are easy to make and are perfect for that football tailgate or holiday party. You know I love any food that you can make ahead of time for parties, as I am always running around getting the last minute details set.

Cream Cheese Pinwheels Appetizer Recipe

Pinwheels Ingredients

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To make this easy pinwheel recipe, you will need the following ingredients (go down to the recipe below for exact quantities and instructions):

Pinwheels Appetizer

How to Make Pinwheels

This pinwheels appetizer is super easy to make! Just follow these simple instructions. 

  1. Mix all of the ingredients (except tortillas) together in a large bowl to create the cheese spread.
  2. Spread the mixture thinly and evenly over each tortilla.
  3. Roll each tortilla tightly and wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  5. Cut the tortillas about an inch thick and place them on a serving tray.
Cream Cheese Pinwheels Recipe

How to Spread the Cream Cheese Filling

If you spread the cheese mixture all the way to the edges of the tortilla, you will end up with scraps. Because tortillas are round, the “sides” will not be flush when you roll them up and you end up cutting the ends off and discarding them. Or eating them, like I do. 

Pinwheels Recipe

The method I use is to cut the “sides” off. Pretend the tortilla has a top, bottom and 2 sides. You will be rolling the tortillas from top to bottom, so cut part of the sides off to make them straight. Then you can spread the cream mixture all the way to the edge. 

Tips for Making Tortilla Roll Ups

  • Use a sharp knife when cutting to prevent as much squishing as much as possible. 
  • You can add a little more ranch dressing seasoning if you want more flavor.
  • If the mixture is too thick, making it difficult to spread, add 8 oz of sour cream.
Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Pinwheel Appetizer Variations

Pinwheels are a great snack and so versatile, you can fill them with just about anything you want! Here are some ideas for other pinwheel recipes you can make:

  • Shredded Mexican cheese and green chiles
  • Cranberries, feta cheese and green onion
  • Ham and cheese
  • Bacon, ranch and shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chicken, romaine and Caesar salad dressing
  • Sun-dried tomato and basil
  • Buffalo chicken

Storage Instructions

Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerate for up to 3 days. They are best when eaten within a day.

Do not freeze pinwheels. The dairy will separate when thawed and become runny. 

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Pinwheels Appetizer

Pinwheels Appetizer

Yield: 35 pinwheels
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes

Cream Cheese Pinwheels are easy to make and are perfect for that football tailgate or holiday party.

Ingredients

  • 6 large flour tortillas
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 packet dry ranch salad dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cups black olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pimentos, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients (except tortillas) together in a large bowl.
  2. Spread the mixture thinly and evenly over each tortilla.
  3. Roll up each tortilla tightly and wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  5. Cut the tortillas about an inch thick and place them on a serving tray.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 7 Serving Size: 5
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 472mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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mary jo

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

can you use sliced ham or do you need to use chopped up ham?

Emily Enchanted

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

@mary jo, if you want to add ham to this recipe, you can certainly use thinly sliced ham.

Eileen Lashutka

Friday 25th of October 2019

I like your recipes. I want to make the Cream cheese pinwheel appetizer. Do you have the nutrition for the recipe? I follow WW and need to add this to my tracking, if possible. Thanks so much. Eileen

Emily

Saturday 26th of October 2019

Hello! I just added the nutrition information to the recipe card. Please note it is auto calculated so may not be 100% accurate, and may vary based on the ingredients you buy. Thanks!

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