Originally posted February 2014, updated March 2022.
We had revival at church last week and on Wednesday night we were having finger foods after the service. I wanted to make something yummy, but easy and I needed it to be with ingredients I already had on hand because driving was dangerous (after the massive winter storm we had).
Bacon, Parmesan & Cream Cheese Crescent Pinwheels
I came up with these Bacon, Parmesan & Cream Cheese Crescent Pinwheels. I've actually seen something similar before (on Pinterest, of course), but I couldn't find the exact recipe I originally saw, but this one was pretty darn close.
I tweaked it slightly and took a few short cuts (like the pre-made bacon bits and onion powder instead of diced onion), but they were still really delicious. In fact, they were gone in a flash at the church - I didn't even have a chance to grab seconds.
So anyway... I had this mixed up and in the oven in just a matter of minutes! A good blogger would've shared this before the Super Bowl, just in case you needed a new easy recipe for the big game, but I'm not always a good blogger.
So let's talk about how to make these.
- Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls - I use full-fat, brand name on these but I'm sure the low fat version and any brand would work just fine! You could also buy the crescent sheets and make things a little eaSIER.
- Cream Cheese - again, you could cut a few calories by using the low fat version but I much prefer the regular kind.
- Real Bacon Bits or Pieces - I keep these on hand for salad toppings but you could also fry and chop fresh bacon and use real bacon crumbles if you like!
- Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese - sometimes I have the good stuff, sometimes I use the pre-shredded kind from a bowl or bag - you do you!
- Parsley Flakes - these provide no taste, but add some color to the recipe, so you can omit it if you like. You can get more color with fresh parsley but I never have that on hand. I'm not a fan of green onions, but if you want color and flavor, you could substittute green onions here.
- Onion Powder - I am not a big fan of raw onion so I often use onion powder in place of real diced onions. However, if you're the opposite of me, using some fresh, fine diced onion would work here! If you want to change it up, you can also add garlic powder or substitute it entirely.
- Milk - whole, 2%, 1% or skim - any milk is good.
You don't need anything special for this recipe. You'll need a bowl to mix up your cream cheese mixture, a sharp knife and cutting board to slice your pinwheels, and a baking sheet to bake them on - that's it!
How to Make Bacon, Parmesan & Cream Cheese Crescent Pinwheels
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Unroll the crescent dough; separate into 2 long rectangles. Press each into 12x4-inch rectangle. Then firmly press perforations or the seams together to seal.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, bacon bits, Parmesan, parsley, onion powder, and milk until smooth.
- Spoon out tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture and spread it evenly over the rectangles all the way out to the edges.
- Starting with one short end, roll up each rectangle; press the edges together to seal. With a sharp knife, cut each roll into 8 slices and place on a greased cookie sheet. For super easy cleanup, line the baking sheet with parchment paper first!
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
These pinwheels are meant to be appetizers - or even snacks! Serve them warm or cool, along side any other finger foods you desire. If you like to keep them warm, bake them, then wrap them up in a clean cloth and place them in a slow cooker on low.
You can bake them a few hours ahead and keep them warm in a slow cooker or serve them at room temperature.
If you'd like to bake them a day ahead, they can be reheated at 375°F until heated through.
If not eaten within a few hours, you can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They're great served at room temperature so they're perfect for baby showers, receptions, and all other kinds of entertaining.
If you prefer to serve them warm, reheat at 375°F until heated through.