These easy Ham and Cheese Pinwheels take just five minutes and three ingredients to make and are perfect for snacks and lunch boxes.
These were a HUGE hit with my daughter and my husband today! I have run out of ideas for lunchboxes, but now that this is “approved” I have another option.
I grew up eating a version of these that my mom folded into genuine-looking pinwheels. I also shared how to make them on Instagram Stories one day and didn’t think much of it.
Until my friend Robin (of Robin’s Bite) made them, raved, and shared them on Instagram too. “Hands down, this is my family’s favorite snack,” she messaged me. “And it’s my most commented-on Instagram Story ever!”
So I figured I was practically obligated to share them here, in case they’re a hit with your family too. My kids love these hot for weekend lunches or cold in lunch boxes.
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Ingredients You Need for Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
- Crescent Rolls: I like Annie’s, but you can use any brand. They now make a crescent roll dough sheet, which makes it even easier.
- Ham: Sliced deli ham works best. We love black forest ham, but any variety will do.
- Swiss cheese: Get this sliced at the deli or buy a package of pre-sliced.
How to Make Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Open the package of crescent roll dough. I like Annie’s brand, which, unlike some others, doesn’t contain hydrogenated oils or synthetic colors.
Place the rectangles together to form one big rectangle and press the perforated edges together to seal. Layer on the ham and cheese and roll up, starting at one of the short ends.
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Using a serrated knife, carefully cut into slices. I cut mine into eight pieces.
Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat to prevent sticking. They will spread a little bit while baking, so space them apart.
Bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees F until golden brown and melty.
Remove to a cooling rack and serve warm. Or cool and refrigerate in an airtight container. Use within 3-4 days. (But good luck keeping them around that long!)
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- 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls (I like Annie's brand)
- 8 slices deli ham (may need more or less, depending on the size of slices)
- 8 slices swiss cheese (may need more or less, depending on the size of slices)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Open a package of crescent rolls and unroll them onto a baking sheet or cutting board, placing the four rectangle pieces together to form one big rectangle. Pinch the perforated edges closed to seal.
- Layer on slices of ham to cover the entire surface area. Cover ham slices with cheese.
- Starting at the short end, roll tightly, jellyroll fashion. Slice carefully with a serrated knife into 8 even slices.
- Place slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. They will spread while baking, so space them with some room between. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and melty.
- Remove to a cooling rack and serve while warm or refrigerate after cooling in an airtight container. Use within 3-4 days.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 pinwheel
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Saturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 482mgCarbohydrates: 16gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
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