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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

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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. I usually order two appetizers when I go out to dinner! I always find them more appealing. These look perfect.
    Liz@Virtually Homemade recently posted…Vegan Breakfast HashMy Profile

    • Glad I’m not the only one who does that! :)

  2. I love how easy these are and they look totally delicious too! Appetizers are just such a fun snack to make and eat!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie BarsMy Profile

    • I completely agree! Thanks! :)

  3. These look awesome!!! I love easy appetizers.
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets recently posted…Malt Ball Cookie Dough BarsMy Profile

  4. 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.

    • I hope they turned out! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Oh YUM. Cheese and carbs in less than half an hour? I’m all over that.
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough recently posted…salmon + ravioli with lemon-garlic butterMy Profile

    • Right there with you, Stephanie!

  6. These look so nice and tasty, thanks for sharing
    Heather recently posted…Tweet TweetMy Profile

  7. I’m a sucker for little bites food. I’m especially a sucker for little bites of bread with cream cheese in them. Yum!

    • Me too, Nicole! Bread and cheese get me every.single.time.

  8. These are perfect little appetizers for a party! I love them.

  9. 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.
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea recently posted…You Gotta Love a TeapotMy Profile

    • Hi Carol, I’m glad they were easy for you, and delicious too! Thanks for the note!


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