These easy Ham and Cheese Pinwheels take just five minutes and three ingredients to make and are perfect for snacks and lunch boxes.
I grew up eating a version of these that my mom folded into a genuine-looking pinwheels (I shared the how-to over on Mom to Mom Nutrition). 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 and cold in lunch boxes. Trouble is, the pretty pinwheel shape I was making didn’t fit in their bento boxes.
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How to make Ham and Cheese Pinwheels:
Open the package of crescent roll dough. I like the 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!)
Easy Ham and Cheese Pinwheels for Lunch Boxes:
Other riffs you can try:
- Pepperoni & provolone
- Turkey & cheddar
- Pesto & chicken
- Thinly-sliced mushrooms and Swiss
- 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls, I like Annie's brand.
- 8 slices deli ham, May need more or less, depending on size of slices.
- 8 slices swiss cheese, May need more or less, depending on size of slices.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Open package of crescent rolls and unroll 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 entire surface area. Cover ham slices with cheese.
- Starting at 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 cool 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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