Easy Parmesan Pinwheels

Easy Parmesan Pinwheels

Appetizers are one of my favorite things to serve when entertaining. It’s kind of ironic, since I’m not really much of a snacker between my meals any other time. But put some appetizers in front of me and a cocktail in my hand, and it’s a whole different ball game. It just seems meant to be; those little appetizer  bites just pop right in your mouth. And that is just what you’ll do with these Easy Parmesan Pinwheels – just keep eating one more.

Finding a new, easy appetizer is always a win for the books, especially one that has only 5 ingredients and is still packed with flavor. We had friends over for dinner a couple of weeks ago, and I was searching for some new appetizer recipes to try. I stopped when I found these Easy Parmesan Pinwheels. 10 minutes to make and 15 minutes to bake…what’s not to love? The slightly sweet dough wrapped around nutty Parmesan, oregano and crunchy red pepper is totally addictive.

And with March Madness coming up next weekend, it’s the perfect excuse to have neighbors over for appetizers and catch up after the long winter. These Easy Parmesan Pinwheels are just what you need to make the party complete.

Easy Parmesan Pinwheels

Easy Parmesan Pinwheels
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Recipe type: Appetizers
Serves: 12
  • 1- 8 ounce package low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (I used Pillsbury)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese and ¾ cup of Parmesan cheese until smooth. Add red pepper and stir until mixed in.
  3. Unroll crescent rolls and separate in 4 rectangles, pressing down on the dough gently to seal the seam. Spread 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixtures on top of each triangle and spread gently. Top with 1 T. of oregano. Starting on the shorter side, roll in a jelly-roll fashion.
  4. Slice each roll into 6 pieces and place on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve immediately.


  1. Nancy says

    These looked so good I decided to try them tonight. Got everything on the counter I realized I only had a nub of Parmesan. Ugh! Only use the real thing, no canned stuff for me! Put everything back in the fridge and will go to the store tomorrow. Had my mouth all set. Thank Aimee for sharing.

  2. says

    I looked at the picture and thought yeah right—easy—no way. Hey hey sometimes it is nice to be wrong. These are easy! I love serving appetizers, but this is a weak link with me. I put stars by this recipe as a keeper.

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