Cheesy Roasted Pepper Pinwheels Recipe

How to make delicious pinwheel pastries made with puff pastry, garlic-herb cheese spread, roasted red peppers, and parmesan cheese. Jump to the Cheesy Roasted Pepper Pinwheel Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Cheesy Roasted Pepper Pinwheels Recipe

– This Recipe is Sponsored by Pepperidge Farm –

When we’re entertaining we always try to be prepared. It makes no sense to invite friends over and spend all your time in the kitchen while they’re stuck waiting for food in the next room. That’s why we love sharing recipes that can be made in advance and can be served warm or at room temperature. These cheesy pinwheels with roasted red peppers are exactly that.

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Puff Pastry Makes These Pinwheels Easy

Since we use store-bought puff pastry dough, these pinwheels are easy to make and can be made in advance. Plus, they are easy to adapt.

Cheesy Roasted Pepper Pinwheels

In the recipe below, we roll up roasted red peppers and garlic-herb cheese. You could roll up just about anything — think bacon, ham, vegetables, or even chocolate.

Rolling up the dough.

We used puff pastry dough from Pepperidge Farm — it’s sold in the freezer section. If you can’t find Pepperidge Farm’s puff pastry sheets, feel free to use another puff pastry dough, store-bought or homemade.

Once rolled up, we brush the pinwheels with egg wash and bake. They’ll take less than 20 minutes!

Adding an egg wash.

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Recipe updated, originally posted January 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Cheesy Roasted Pepper Pinwheels Recipe

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We use a store-bought puff pastry sheet instead of making our own pastry at home. The puff pastry sheet needs to be thawed before using. So, either place into the refrigerator and leave overnight or remove and thaw at room temperature for 40 to 50 minutes. Feel free to substitute your favorite spreadable cheese or other toppings instead of the peppers. Cooked and crumbled bacon, ham, turkey, sausage or other veggies are great.

Makes approximately 20 pinwheels

You Will Need

1/2 of a 17.3 ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water

1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped

1/2 cup garlic and herb spreadable Cheese, such as Boursin cheese

1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, coarsely grated (about 1/4 cup)

2 tablespoons chopped parsley or basil


    1Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork or whisk, set aside.

    2Lightly flour your work surface. Unfold the pastry sheet then lightly dust top with flour. Use a rolling pin to roll lightly so that the creases are flattened out (you don’t want to make the square much bigger).

    3Brush square of pastry with egg wash. Evenly spread with the 1/2 cup of garlic and herb cheese then evenly scatter the diced peppers, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and parsley (or basil).

    4Starting at the side closest to you, roll pastry up like a jelly roll. Cut into 20 1/2-inch slices. (A serrated bread knife works well for this). Place slices onto baking sheet. Then, lightly brush tops with egg wash.

    5Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

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AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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17 comments… Leave a Review
  • Ros Horsley December 13, 2023, 2:01 pm

    A lovely recipe. As I made the pinwheels to go with Sangria, I mixed red and yellow peppers to reflect the Spanish flag which was very effective. Thank you for sharing:)

  • Barbara November 4, 2022, 12:42 pm

    Could you use sun dried tomatoes instead of the peppers?

    • Joanne April 13, 2023, 6:10 pm


  • Abi June 19, 2018, 6:42 pm

    Made this for Friday evening party with friends, I am a meat eater but there were a few vegetarians and i wanted to make something everyone could enjoy. These went down a storm! So so easy to make and the compliments were fantastic. I added Nigella seeds to the outside before I cut it into slices and that created a nice contrast on the crust and gave it a great finish. Have already been asked for the recipe and I will definitely be making this again and again and again……

  • Ros May 19, 2017, 12:48 am


  • Ros May 19, 2017, 12:47 am

    Thanks for the Recipe these savouries turned out beautifully and are wonderfully tasty, and not really spicy, but flavour, my husband says “they are a definite do again!” I made these for a kitchen tea and did bacon and cheese ones as well.

  • Rebecca August 23, 2016, 3:32 am

    Hello, can I use short crust pastry for this recipe? Would there be a difference in cooking time compared to puff pastry?

    • Joanne August 24, 2016, 12:49 pm

      Yes you should be able to. I’d expect the cooking time to be similar, but stay close to the oven while baking just to make sure.

  • Raman June 9, 2016, 9:36 am

    What does the egg do? Can it be avoided?

    • Joanne June 9, 2016, 1:34 pm

      Hi Raman, The egg helps the pastry brown and hold together. You can probably get away with not using, just make sure you roll the pinwheel up tightly.

  • Ger April 3, 2016, 1:27 am

    This has to be one of the worst recipes i have ever made. Totally tasteless.

    • Joanne May 19, 2016, 1:02 pm

      Hi Ger, we are sorry you did not enjoy the recipe.

  • cass June 29, 2014, 8:28 pm

    subbed basil for parsley and baked for about 20 mins then transported to a party about 2 hours away and were a hit even at room temperature. will definitely make again!

  • William April 23, 2014, 1:43 pm


  • Shelley December 14, 2013, 9:56 am

    love the pinwheel pastry recipe! Can i freeze before baking? Then, bake before a party next week? If so, should i bake from frozen state, or thaw first?

    • Joanne December 16, 2013, 12:39 pm

      Freezing should be fine. We’d thaw for 20 minutes or so then bake.

  • Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 22, 2013, 11:29 am

    These were excellent! So simple to prepare, yet so tasty. I subbed basil for the parsley, and other than that, followed this recipe to a tee, and they came out perfect. I served these at my annual Sangria Party, and they were a hit.


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