14 Party-Ready Pinwheel Recipes

Muffuletta Pinwheels
Photo by Mallinda.

Pinwheels are the perfect food for parties. They're effortless yet elegant, and their mesmerizing design will pique anyone's appetite. Plus, who can turn down miniature versions of their favorite sandwiches, tiny pizzas, and ultra-savory puff pastry bites? These easy pinwheel recipes will instantly please a crowd, so go ahead and make some for your next party.

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Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

You only need four ingredients and half an hour to make these crowd-pleasing pizza pinwheels. Feel free to play around with and switch up the "toppings," especially if you're making these for a large group.

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Party Pinwheels

Party Pinwheels
Photo: Brie Passano.

These miniature sandwiches are an incredible make-ahead appetizer that will quickly disappear at your party — and if they don't disappear, guests may ask to take the leftovers home. To speed up the process, you can simply buy herbed cream cheese instead of making a cream cheese mixture on your own.

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Prosciutto and Parmesan Pinwheels

pastries with prosciutto and Parmesan
Mieke VanGeel Busmanas

If you're looking for an elegant appetizer, then add these pinwheels to your menu. They look impressive and have a great flavor, but only require four ingredients and come together in just 20 minutes.

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Muffuletta Pinwheels

Muffuletta Pinwheels

These miniature muffulettas take the classic pinwheel formula and add a dose of elegance and Louisiana flavor. If you want to save some time, use herbed cream cheese and pre-made olive mix from the store.

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Sausage and Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Sausage and Cream Cheese Pinwheels on a colorful plate
Sheila LaLonde

"OK I have to comment because they were such a hit," says community member Taryn. "I made them for a CHARGERS party and the boys loved them, they complemented me endlessly and they flew off the platter, I'm not kidding. I used spicy chicken sausage. Very easy and tasty, man candy! lol"

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Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

These smoked salmon pinwheels make a perfect party food, and they don't have a single rating below four stars. If you don't have any fresh dill on hand, a teaspoon of dried dill will work as well.

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Tortilla Pinwheels

Melissa Goff

These pinwheels are so easy, the hardest part of the recipe is chilling them in the fridge for two hours. They'll be enjoyed (and quickly wiped out) no matter the occasion or time or year, and they stand out against standard appetizers.

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Spinach and Ricotta Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

spinach puff pastries lined up in a Christmas tree shape

These puff pastry pinwheels are an easy way to impress a crowd and will easily stand out at a holiday party when they're arranged tannenbaum style. The spinach, ricotta, and Parmesan filling adds a dose of indulgence that perfectly complements the puff pastry.

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Ham Pinwheels

Ham Pinwheels
Photo by Paula.

These simple and tasty pinwheels make the perfect finger food for parties, but they're also great for a quick dinner or picnic. If you like, you can make these a night in advance — they'll taste just as great.

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Fiesta Pinwheels


If there's a party in your future, then you need — yes, need — to bring these pinwheels along with you. The mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, and picante in the filling complements the bright taste from the olives and green chiles.

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Pinwheel Italian Calzones

Pinwheel Italian Calzones

Once you try these bite-sized calzones, you'll never want a big one again. These calzone pinwheels are a snap to put together, and dunking them in pizza sauce makes the finger food even more fun.

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Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels

Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels
Photo by Rock_lobster.

These ham pinwheels are a little pricey since they're made with fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes, but the effect those ingredients have on the overall flavor is so significant it's worth the money. To streamline the process, blitz the sun-dried tomatoes and cream cheese together with a food processor.

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Spinach and Mushroom Pinwheels


"I just made these for my husband's surprise party this past weekend and they were a hit! Everyone loved them and there was a comment made that they were a nice alternative to the ones stuffed with tons of meat and cheese," says community member ERIN55. "The only change I made was to add real garlic rather than garlic powder for that extra punch. I'm definately making these for Christmas.:)"

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Spicy Turkey and Cranberry Pinwheels

a tray of turkey and cranberry pinwheels using spinach tortilla wraps
Grace Hill

These pinwheels combine turkey, cheese, and cranberry salsa for a fun twist on classic holiday dishes. The mixture of flavors still feels familiar, but the homemade cranberry salsa gives this finger food a nice kick.

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