These warm, baked Reuben Pinwheels are a delicious twist on a Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich. Perfect, hearty appetizers for a party! 

Baked Reuben Pinwheels on a sheet pan drizzled with Thousand Island dressing and sprinkled with caraway seeds.Looking for fun snack food for St. Patrick’s Day or a March Madness watch party?

This Reuben Pinwheels recipe yields bite-sized versions of the popular Reuben Sandwich. With only six ingredients, these babies come together in minutes – perfect for easy entertaining!

It’s fair to say that I don’t eat a lot of Reuben sandwiches any other time of year besides March. But there is something about these addicting Reuben Pinwheels that has me thinking I’ll be enjoying corned beef a lot more often.

What is a Reuben Sandwich?

Although we long associate corned beef and cabbage as traditional Irish fare, the Reuben Sandwich is actually an American invention. This grilled sandwich is made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, rye bread and Thousand Island dressing.

These easy Reuben Pinwheels are spot on in flavor to a grilled Reuben but take a few liberties with the ingredients, including swapping in crescent roll dough for the rye bread.

We didn’t forget the recipe’s fabled tie to Ireland, though, and rely on Kerrygold® Swiss Cheese for its rich, grass-fed flavor in these snacks. 

Baked Reuben Pinwheels on a sheet pan. Swiss cheese, caraway seeds and Thousand Island Dressing are used for garnishes.

How to make Reuben Pinwheels

There are two tips for getting that perfect corned beef swirl:

1. Roll your dough tightly. If you don’t, your pinwheels won’t stay together when baking.

2. Don’t overstuff your dough. It’s tempting to pile on all the filling ingredients (more is usually better, right?). But in this case, follow the recipe and keep the ingredients away from the edges of the dough so it will seal properly.

We love to dip our Reuben Pinwheels in a bit of extra Thousand Island dressing, but go ahead and drizzle some of the dressing on top of the pinwheels if you’re feeling extra fancy. Or just eat them sans dressing. You really can’t go wrong with these tasty bites.

Top down image of Reuben Pinwheels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper with Thousand Island dressing for dipping.Can I make these Reuben Pinwheels ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prep these pinwheels a few hours before guests arrive. Simply complete the recipe through step 3, cover tightly and refrigerate. Pop them in the oven to bake right before the party starts.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kerrygold. We only share products with you that we personally use and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible. Collage picture of Baked Reuben Pinwheels with caraway seeds and Thousand Island dressing.

You can get your Reuben fix in so many tasty ways! Check out some of our favorites below:

Reuben Potato Skins – Garnish with Lemon®

Reuben and Guinness Mac and Cheese – Melanie Makes

Slow Cooker Reuben Dip – Garnish with Lemon®

Reuben Egg Rolls and Thousand Island Dipping Sauce – Foodie with Family


Yield: 12

Reuben Pinwheels

Reuben Pinwheels


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes


  • 1 (8-ounce) can crescent dough sheet
  • 1/4 cup Thousand Island salad dressing, plus extra for dipping
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced corned beef
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut, well-drained
  • 4 ounces Kerrygold Swiss Cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 

Unroll crescent roll dough and smooth into a mostly uniform rectangle. Evenly spread dressing over the dough leaving 1/2 inch of dough edges uncovered (like a frame). Evenly divide corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and caraway seeds over the dressing on the dough. 

Starting at the short end, tightly roll the dough into a cylinder like a jelly roll. Evenly cut the dough into 16 pieces and place on the baking sheet.

Bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve with additional Thousand Island dressing. 



Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 14mg Sodium: 277mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 6g