These pizza pinwheels are some of my favorite appetizers to make during the holidays.
During the holidays, we do a lot of party planning and hosting, so I make so many appetizers. I try to create appetizers that don’t take very long to make, which is how I came up with these pizza pinwheels.
3 or 4 ingredients make this one of the most simple appetizers you will ever create for your friends and family. I mean, who doesn’t love pizza?
The beauty of these pinwheels is that you can change the ingredients around to make them whatever you want. You can turn them into pesto pinwheels, 4 meat pizza pinwheels, or more.
How to Make Pizza Pinwheels
This appetizer starts with a roll of crescent dough. Simply roll out into a rectangle, making sure to crimp all the seams together to create one unified rectangle.
Then, using my homemade pizza sauce (or the jarred kind from the store is fine too), slather on some pizza sauce. Now, don’t take it all the way to edge. Leave a little edge because when you roll it up, the sauce will ooze out if you are not careful.
You can add in some cheese or pepperoni if you want at this point, but I like just straight pizza sauce.
Now, roll them up like a scroll. To slice them, I like to use dental floss so that I get a clean cut all the way through without squishing the roll.
I place them on a baking sheet and then top with a little more pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Then I pop them in a 350-degree oven for about 12-14 minutes or until they start browning.
The crescent roll dough is light and fluffy and the pizza sauce is tart and tangy making these the perfect party appetizer.
- 1 roll crescent dough
- 1 jar pizza sauce (or make my homemade sauce)
- 1 bag shredded mozzarella
- Take the crescent dough and unwrap it. Roll out the rectangle and pinch all seams together making one uniform rectangle. You can even roll it out a little more to make a thinner pinwheel.
- Take the pizza sauce and smear all over the rectangle. Leave about a 1" space around all edges so that the sauce doesn't seep out. Now, roll up into a scroll-like roll.
- Using a string of dental floss, slice the roll into about 1" slices and place on a baking sheet.
- Top each slice with a teaspoon of pizza sauce and about a tablespoon of shredded mozzarella. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 13-15 minutes or until the rolls are browned and cheese is melted.
I serve these on miniature cast iron skillets and they always look so super festive.