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These easy pinwheels will make you a holiday party hero

These easy pinwheels will make you a holiday party hero
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If you're a little stumped on what to bring to your next holiday party or potluck, consider some good old-fashioned pinwheels. They're tasty, look pretty, and are super simple to nibble on while mingling.

The best part? They're totally kid-friendly. Not only do children love to eat them, but it's fun for them to help make them, too.

More: Trifle is the ultimate easy, no-bake, showstopping holiday dessert

The possibilities are endless with pinwheels. Here are some of our favorite combos.

Basic Ham and Onion Pinwheels


  • Rectangle shaped deli-sliced ham
  • Softened cream cheese-room temperature
  • Green onions with long stalks


  1. Spread the softened cream cheese on one side of a ham slice.
  2. Place one of the onions vertically at one end of the ham slice. Roll the ham slice and the onion together lengthwise.
  3. Chill the rolls in the refrigerator until the cream cheese becomes firm again.
  4. Before serving, slice the rolls crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Place on a platter with extra green onions for garnish.

Ranch Ham and Tortilla Pinwheels

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Makes three dozen rolls


  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (.4-ounce) package Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 4 (12-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles or 2 fresh jalapenos, minced
  • 1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced black olives (optional)


  1. Mix cream cheese, dressing mix and green onions. Spread on tortillas.
  2. Drain chiles and olives thoroughly. Sprinkle equal amounts of either or both on top of cream cheese.
  3. Roll tortillas tightly. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Cut rolls crosswise into 1-inch pieces.

Oriental Smoked-Turkey Pinwheels


  • 4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, plum sauce or other oriental style sauce
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 cups thinly sliced smoked turkey (about 8 ounces)
  • 4 large leaves leaf lettuce to cover tortillas


  1. Spread each tortilla with the sauce and sprinkle with green onions.
  2. Arrange turkey in single layer on each tortilla, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Cover the turkey with a lettuce leaf. Roll up tightly like a jelly-roll and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 6 hours. Cut each crosswise on the diagonal into 12 slices.

Boursin Pinwheels

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Makes about 24 pinwheels


  • 3 (8-inch) tortillas
  • 1 (5.2-ounce) carton Boursin cheese (garlic/herb cheese)
  • 12 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 of a 7-ounce jar roasted sweet red peppers
  • 4 ounces shaved deli roast beef, ham, or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (light or regular)


  1. Spread each tortilla with one-third of the cheese. Add a layer of the large fresh basil leaves to cover.
  2. Cut the peppers into 1/4-inch wide strips and divide among the tortillas. Arrange over the basil leaves 1 to 2 inches apart.
  3. Top with meat slices. Spread 1 teaspoon mayonnaise over the meat on each tortilla. Roll up the tortillas tightly, jelly-roll style. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator 2 to 4 hours to blend flavors. To serve, remove the plastic wrap and cut each of the rolls into 1-inch slices (make diagonal slices, if desired).

Originally published September 2007. Updated December 2016.

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