These delicious and adorably festive cream cheese pinwheels are great for the holidays. They’re also a tasty party food you can enjoy year round! Pinwheel appetizers are also a favorite with our family and guests.
Of course we love to make these pinwheels for the holidays because they are red and green, that being said, they’re perfect for any party no matter what the holiday!
Another pretty holiday-colored option is our Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels, with different flavors than these with ranch and red peppers.
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If you like easy finger foods that you can include in lunch boxes these cream cheese pinwheels are perfect! They’re cute and simple to throw into a lunchbox and of course they’re tasty as well.
You can pair these with any other lunch recipe, I have lots of wrap recipes that kids love like Caesar Chicken Wraps for Lunchbox Packing, 20 Lunchbox Wrap Recipes for Tweens, and Easy Ham and Pickle Dip Recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need to make cream cheese pinwheels:
There’s nothing fancy going on here. You might be surprised by how flavorful and delicious these pinwheels are seeing as they contain such simple and easy-to-find ingredients.
It just goes to show you that you don’t have to go crazy, spend tons of money, or even include fancy ingredients in order to make a tasty appetizer that guests will devour.
Can you believe that? Just four ingredients! If you don’t care about the color of these pinwheels you can use whatever type of wraps you want. I like using green tortillas for the Christmas holiday.
Typically, gluten free wraps (if you require those) only come in white, but the flavor will still be there. You can always add some chopped baby spinach to the inside when wrapping up the rolls in that case to make them green and red.
How to make cream cheese pinwheels:
Start by washing and dicing the red bell pepper.
In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and ranch seasoning until fully combined. You can also use homemade ranch seasoning instead of store-bought.
Spread the cream cheese on each tortilla wrap, and sprinkle the diced bell pepper over top.
Roll each wrap tightly to form a log. Using a serrated knife, cut each log into 1/2” to 1” slices. Lay face up before serving.
Serve fresh, you can also store the leftovers in an air tight container for leftovers. Keep in mind that the wraps will get a little squishy after a bit so I wouldn’t make them in advance!
Looking for a way to add even more fun and flavor to your pinwheels?
There are a lot of varieties of whipped cream cheese nowadays. You can get flavored types and use that in place of the regular cream cheese.
Another great way to spice up these pinwheels is to add some other veggies to the inside. You can chop or shred your favorite veggies and include some when adding the peppers.
Looking for more easy appetizer recipes?
Appetizers for the holidays or just a regular gathering, doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some of the other delicious appetizer recipes that I think you’ll enjoy.
- Instant Pot Appetizers for Game Day
- Ridiculously Easy Holiday Appetizers
- Easy Pinwheel Appetizers
- Hot Cheese Dip with Bacon
Printable Festive Cream Cheese Pinwheels Recipe:
- 5-6 large spinach tortilla wraps
- 8oz whipped cream cheese
- 2 Tablespoons ranch seasoning
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced
- Wash and dice the red bell pepper.
- In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and ranch seasoning until fully combined.
- Spread cream cheese mixture on each tortilla wrap, and sprinkle on the diced bell pepper.
- Roll each wrap tightly to form a log.
- Using a serrated knife, cut each log into 1/2” to 1” slices.
- Lay flat before serving.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 742mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g