Ham and Cheese Pinwheels Recipe

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are a delightful appetizer or snack that combines the savory flavors of ham and cheese with the flaky texture of puff pastry. They are easy to make and perfect for parties, gatherings, or a tasty addition to your lunchbox.


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced ham
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (Dijon or whole grain recommended)
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it to prevent sticking.
  2. Prepare the Puff Pastry:
    • Lay the thawed puff pastry sheet on a clean, lightly floured surface. If it’s not already rolled out, gently roll it into a rectangle of about 10×14 inches.
  3. Add the Mustard:
    • Evenly spread the mustard over the surface of the puff pastry, leaving a small margin at the edges to help seal the roll.
  4. Add Ham and Cheese:
    • Layer the thinly sliced ham over the mustard. Ensure the ham covers the pastry evenly.
    • Sprinkle the grated cheddar cheese over the ham.
  5. Roll the Pastry:
    • Starting at one of the longer sides, roll the pastry tightly into a log. Make sure the seam is at the bottom and gently press to seal it.
  6. Slice the Pinwheels:
    • Using a sharp knife, slice the log into 1-inch thick rounds. You should get about 12-14 pinwheels.
  7. Prepare for Baking:
    • Place the pinwheels flat on the prepared baking sheet, ensuring they do not touch each other. They will expand slightly as they bake.
  8. Apply Egg Wash:
    • Brush the top and sides of each pinwheel lightly with the beaten egg. This will give them a beautiful golden color when baked.
  9. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until the pinwheels are golden brown and puffed.
  10. Serving:
    • Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature for the best flavor.


  • Cheese Variations: Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese such as Swiss, mozzarella, or a mix for different flavors.
  • Adding Herbs: For an extra flavor boost, consider adding dried herbs like Italian seasoning or parsley to the cheese layer.
  • Storage: These pinwheels can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and reheated in the oven or microwave.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are a guaranteed hit for their irresistible taste and eye-catching spiral look. Enjoy them at your next event or as a delicious treat any time of the day!