Party food don’t get much easier than this 4-ingredient Bacon Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Appetizers recipe. So simple to make and everyone loves them!
You guys absolutely LOVE our Bacon Cream Cheese Bites. In fact, they are consistently one of the most popular recipes on our website. If you’ve ever had one, you know why - they are addictively delicious.
So we figured why not keep a good thing going? These Bacon Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Appetizers are another 4-ingredient snack recipe that will disappear at your next party. Guaranteed.
Bacon Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Appetizers recipe
So what’s in these tasty morsels? We weren’t kidding when we said there were only 4 ingredients in this recipe:
- Crescent roll dough
- Cream Cheese
- Fresh chives
Easy party appetizers don’t get much simpler than that!
Are crescent rolls the same as puff pastry?
Nope, they aren't. Ever cut a croissant in half and seen a multitude of flaky layers? Those layers are the result of a process called lamination, and both croissants and puff pastry are made from types of laminated dough.
The layers are achieved when dough and butter are layered onto one another, folded, rolled out, layered and folded again (and again). The baking process allows the water in the pastry to escape as steam, thus creating all the layers.
Crescent rolls are made from a yeast-based dough that also incorporates butter but without the extensive layering and folding process like puff pastry. You’ll find they are more similar in texture to dinner rolls than to flaky, multi-layered pastries like croissants.
Can I use a can of crescent rolls instead of the crescent roll dough sheet?
Crescent roll dough is the exact same thing as the perforated crescent rolls you buy in the tube - without the perforations!
Buying the dough sheet saves you a bit of time and hassle so seek it out if you can. (There is rarely a cost difference between the two.) That way you don’t have to worry about sealing up the perforations in the dough before you make this crescent roll appetizer recipe.
Of course you can still use regular crescent rolls if you can’t find the dough sheet. (Sometimes my grocery store carries the dough and sometimes it doesn’t.)
Like I mentioned before, the rolls are perforated to make it easy to separate the dough into triangles. Unroll the roll of dough like you normally would and then use your fingers to close the holes in the dough before proceeding with the recipe.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, but if most of the holes are sealed, you don’t have to worry about the pinwheels expanding and splitting apart during baking. Plus all your fillings stay intact, too.
Tips for using crescent roll dough
Crescent roll dough is actually very forgiving and quite easy to work with. That said, I do have a couple tips for working with crescent roll dough to make it even easier.
- Place a sheet of parchment on your work surface before beginning. This will prevent the dough from sticking to your countertop when you roll it out. You can even tape down the edges of the parchment if you find it’s sliding away from you when you roll the dough.
- Use an offset spreader (one of my favorite and most versatile kitchen tools) to spread the cream cheese mixture on the dough. It makes even spreading a snap plus it allows you to get close to all the edges easily.
- Refrigerate your dough for about 20 minutes after you’ve rolled it into a log. You can do this while your oven heats up. I find that just a short spin in the fridge helps the crescent roll pinwheels retain their shape better once cut.
- Choose a serrated knife and use sawing motions to cut the dough log into pieces. That way you don’t end up with smushed or misshapen pinwheels like you might with a regular chef’s knife. I usually start in the middle, cut the log in half, and cut each half in half again before slicing into individual pieces. My pinwheels are more even when I divide the dough this way because I’m not estimating how many more slices to make from a huge log of dough.
And that’s it! If you do find a few wonky-looking pinwheels, just give them a little nudge with your fingers to reshape them. That’s the beauty of using crescent roll dough. It’s very forgiving.
Is the bacon raw or cooked in this appetizer recipe?
You definitely need to use cooked bacon in this recipe because the short cook time for the pinwheels might not cook raw bacon all the way through.
It's a little extra work to cook the bacon yourself, so if you're tight on time, buy the precooked bacon at the grocery store and chop up as much as you need. Works like a charm.
Can these Bacon Cream Cheese Crescent Roll Appetizers be made in advance?
As much as we’re fans of make-ahead recipes, this is one that is truly best served warm from the oven. If you’ve ever had a room temperature or day old crescent roll, you know what I mean - they just aren’t as good.
That said, you can certainly prep the bacon and cream cheese and chive mixture in advance. Cook and dice the bacon and chop and stir the chives into the cream cheese a few days ahead of time. Refrigerate both until ready to assemble the appetizers.
Want more crescent roll appetizers? Check out some of these tasty recipes:
- Easy Parmesan Pinwheels
- Reuben Pinwheels
- Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels
- You can find all of our appetizer recipes HERE!
- 4 ounces spreadable cream cheese (or regular cream cheese at room temperature)
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 1 (8-ounce) container crescent roll dough sheet
- 6 pieces bacon, cooked and finely chopped
- Stir cream cheese and chives together until well mixed. Line a bakign sheet with parchment. Set both aside.
- Unroll crescent roll dough onto another piece of parchment paper. Smooth dough into a rectangle. Evenly spread cream cheese over dough. Sprinkle evenly with bacon. Roll into a log starting with the long side lengthwise and press seam to close. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Slice dough roll into 24 pieces and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
You can prep the chives, cream cheese and bacon in advance if you know you'll be short on time.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g