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Easy Pesto Crescent Pinwheels

You’ll LOVE these super Easy Pesto Crescent Pinwheels made with only 4 simple ingredients! Savory and delicious, this quick appetizer is perfect for any party or family gathering!

You'll LOVE these super Easy Pesto Crescent Pinwheels made with only 4 simple ingredients! Savory and delicious, this quick appetizer is perfect for any party or family gathering! #mustlovehomecooking

If you love pesto, you’re going to love this totally easy recipe for pesto pinwheels. With just a few minutes of prep time, you can make an amazing appetizer that will be a huge hit with the entire family!

💡TIP: When their on sale, we buy a few packages of crescent rolls to make pinwheel appetizers to freeze. That way we always have something delicious to serve last minute (unexpected) guests!

Ingredients Needed for this Pesto Pinwheel recipe

  • Can of Refrigerated Crescent Rolls
  • Prepared Pesto
  • Diced Roasted Red Peppers
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
Crescent roll dough spread with pesto and roasted red peppers

How to make Easy Pesto Crescent Pinwheels

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Unroll the crescent roll dough sheet. (If using pre-cut (triangle) crescent roll dough, unroll crescent dough and press the perforations together to seal.) Spread the pesto over the dough to within 1/4 inch of all four edges. Arrange the roasted peppers on top.
  3. Starting on the long side of the rectangle, roll up the rectangle into a long roll, pressing the edge to seal. With a sharp knife, cut the roll into 20 (1/4″ thick) slices. Place slices cut side down on your lined pan. Sprinkle with the grated parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes or until edges are starting to turn golden brown. Immediately remove the pinwheels from the cookie sheet. Serve warm with homemade marinara sauce.
rolling up pesto and red pepper spread crescent dough, then cut into pinwheels

Flavor Tips and Add-ins

While this is a favorite recipe we make over and over again, we’ve also discovered some add-ins that up the flavor of these pinwheels to suit any occasion. The best part is, it only takes substituting the ingredients, no changes needed to the basic prep or baking time.

  • For a delicious twist, diced pepperoni or sliced mini pepperoni gives these crescents a spicy pizza flavor. Serve with marinara sauce and it’s just like pizza rolls!
  • Add a teaspoon of garlic powder or sliced garlic (or as much garlic as you like) to the pesto for pesto garlic rolls. Yum!
  • Sprinkle Italian seasoning blend over the pesto before rolling up to add more herb flavor.
  • Lightly brush the tops of the pinwheels with garlic butter before baking for complete decadence.
  • Small dice or shred leftover rotisserie chicken and sprinkle over the pesto with the roasted peppers. It’s so good…serve 4 crescents with a side salad and now you’ve got an easy dinner recipe!
You'll LOVE these super Easy Pesto Crescent Pinwheels made with only 4 simple ingredients! Savory and delicious, this quick appetizer is perfect for any party or family gathering! #mustlovehomecooking

How To Store Pesto Crescent Pinwheels

Whether you’re making and easting these pinwheels freshly baked or from frozen, they’re always full of flavor and delicious. We love having a batch or two of these appetizers stashed in the freezer…just in case someone drops by or we’re expecting one guest and they bring 2 more! Who hasn’t this happened to? Here’s how to store leftover rolls or freeze them for later:

Refrigerate:

  1. Transfer leftover rolls into a plastic food storage bag or container with tight fitting lid.
  2. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freeze:

  1. Let baked pinwheels cool completely.
  2. Transfer to a freezer-safe food storage bag or freezer-safe container with tight fitting lid. Remove as much air as possible from the plastic bag before sealing. If using a container, lay of piece of plastic wrap directly on the top layer of pinwheels, to seal out as much air as possible on the pinwheels before closing the lid.
  3. Label and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

More Easy Appetizer Recipes

You'll LOVE these super Easy Pesto Crescent Pinwheels made with only 4 simple ingredients! Savory and delicious, this quick appetizer is perfect for any party or family gathering! #mustlovehomecooking

Pesto Crescent Roll Pinwheels

Super Easy Pesto Crescent Pinwheels baked with only 4 simple ingredients!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :20 minutes
Total Time :30 minutes
Servings :20
Calories :61
Course :Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce refrigerated crescent dough sheet or 1 can (8-ounce) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto from a jar
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper from a jar
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper optional

Instructions 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat.
  • Unroll dough sheet. (If using crescent rolls, unroll dough and press perforations together to seal.) Spread pesto over dough to within 1/4 inch of edges. Arrange roasted peppers on top.
  • Starting with long side, roll up rectangle, press edge to seal. With sharp knife, cut roll into 20 (1/4" thick) slices. Place slices cut side down on prepared pan. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Pesto Crescent Roll Pinwheels
Serving Size
 
1 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
61
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
171
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
103
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
21
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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You'll LOVE these super Easy Pesto Crescent Pinwheels made with only 4 simple ingredients! Savory and delicious, this quick appetizer is perfect for any party or family gathering! #mustlovehomecooking

 

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