Bacon, Cheddar & Jalapeno Pinwheels

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Easy to make by using refrigerated crescent rolls, these Bacon, Cheddar and Jalapeno Pinwheels are a perfect blend of savory and spice. They are super simple to make and taste just like a Jalapeno Popper wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust.

These pinwheels are a must-have for game day or any party. We love these serve up alongside our other favorites like Crispy Baked Chicken Wings, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites and Fried Ravioli.

A stack of Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

JALAPENO POPPER PINWHEELS

Bacon, jalapeno and cheddar – such an amazingly delicious combination. All combined with cream cheese and rolled into pinwheel form using Pillsbury crescent roll dough or pizza dough. They are similar to a jalapeno popper, and who doesn’t love those?

CAN YOU MAKE PINWHEELS AHEAD OF TIME?

Yes! This is a great appetizer to prep ahead of time and bake later. Spread the filling onto the sheet of dough, the roll and secure in plastic wrap. When ready, slice and bake according to the recipe directions.

Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels with a hand reaching in

HOW TO MAKE BACON, CHEDDAR AND JALAPENO POPPER PINWHEELS

  1. Start by cooking up some diced bacon until crisp, or just use the morning’s leftovers. Wait, leftover bacon? What’s that?
  2. Mix the bacon with some room temperature cream cheese and 1-2 tablespoons of diced jalapenos. Now, to be fair, I must tell you that I am a WIMP when it comes to spicy food. People usually look at me like I’m nuts when I tell them that something is spicy. So you might like spicy and you might want to add another tablespoon. It’s a personal preference. I also used canned jalapenos rather than fresh. Again, it’s a personal preference. Also you’ll want to add a half teaspoon of garlic salt to season.
  3. Spread this mixture all out on the rolled out crescent dough and sprinkle with cheddar cheese and more bacon crumbles. Roll it into a log and slice into even 1-inch thick pieces and lay out on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Sprinkle with a little more cheddar and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. PRO TIP: for easier slicing, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Cut into pinwheels with a sharp serrated knife.
rolling up jalapeno pinwheels to bake

THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE THESE PINWHEELS, TOO:

  • Can’t take the heat? Add mild green chiles instead of jalapenos. That’s what I do for my kids and you get a ton of flavor without the spice.
  • Spice it up! Add a tablespoon of Ranch seasoning mix or Taco seasoning to the cream cheese for a unique and savory flavor combination.
  • Want MORE heat? Add more jalapenos and some Pepper Jack cheese instead of cheddar.

Any of these combinations would be fabulous, but I am partial to these Bacon, Cheddar and Jalapeno Pinwheels just the way they are.

Don’t they look tasty? They are warm and soft and just all around delicious. They are sure to be a hit at your next party!

Jalapeno Popper pinwheels in a bowl

Need even more jalapeno? Try these great recipes:

Or maybe more baked pinwheels is what you need? We’ve got those too!

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Plate filled with bacon cheddar jalapeno pinwheels

Bacon, Cheddar Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

4.58 from 7 votes
Bacon Cheddar Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels are a super simple to make appetizer that tastes just like a Jalapeno Popper wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 rolls
Calories 230kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls or dough sheet, if you can find it
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ¼ cup reserved
  • 1-2 tablespoons diced jalapenos canned or fresh
  • 5 slices crisp bacon diced/crumbled
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix cream cheese, bacon, jalapenos and garlic salt together in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Roll out crescent roll dough and lightly press seams together to form a sheet. (alternatively, you could use a rolled out pizza dough or a crescent dough sheet).
  • Layer ingredients evenly on the dough, sprinkle with cheese reserving about a few tablespoons for topping, and roll lengthwise.
  • Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut into 1-inch slices and place 2-inches apart on a foil lined cookie sheet. Top with reserved shredded cheddar, if desired.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until bread begins to brown. Oven temperatures can vary, so do use this time as a guideline.
  • Allow to cool slightly before plating and serving.

Notes

Leave out the pepper if you aren’t a big fan of spice. You could also mix in some chopped parsley for color.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 7gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 588mgPotassium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 354IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 114mgIron: 1mg

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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    1. You can reheat them in the oven or in an air fryer, but once they are refrigerated, they tend to dry out a little so they are best when enjoyed fresh.

  1. I used tortillas instead of refrigerated dough and they were still amazing! Perfect for our hot outdoor event!

  2. These sound delicious! Do you think they might even be good cold? Like at a picnic? And if so, do you think I could make them ahead of time, refrigerate, and then enjoy them the next day? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Amy, Because they use the refrigerated dough, they aren’t great cold. There’s just something about the dough – it really needs to be warmed up.

    1. They are best served fresh. You can store them in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days, and reheat in the microwave or oven.

  3. Hello! Do you know approximately how many pinwheels your recipe makes?

    I’m planning to make these for a Super Bowl party! They look amazing 🙂

    1. You could, but the bake time would be different. I’d recommend using the instructions on the package.

  4. I’ve tried several recipes! And all all delightful, simple yet, complex and I’m planning on making the macaroni salad for my church this Thursday. And definitely making those zucchini chips for myself, I might share with my children ? maybe not, I myself have fried zucchini, more when I used to live in South Carolina, yet. I can’t wait to try those ! It seems so much easier than the traditional way. And less calories ? I’m definitely trying that tomorrow! Thank you kindly for sharing your recipes and skills. And passion for tasty thing’s. It’s definitely my love language!!!

  5. I made these for a birthday brunch and everyone loved them. I used parchment paper instead of foil on the cookie sheet and baked them a little longer. Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. I make something very similar with just sausage and the crescent rolls. I wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them until I need them. Take out a few minutes before cooking and the slice very nicely. I wouldn’t think there would be any problem freezing cream cheese, etc.

  7. Could these be made without cream cheese do you think? I am making them for a pot luck and the host doesn’t like cream cheese…

  8. Have made these several times and loved them!
    I used the softened cream cheese with jalapeños in it. Was easy to make and delicious. I too cooked them a little longer but just waited till they browned a bit.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  9. No one in my house likes spicy anything. I’m going to try these but skip the peppers & add shredded chicken. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. I have searched this tirelessly for the chicken Parmesan meatball recipe. It will NOT come up in the search engine. Please help??? Would love to try it. Thank you.

      1. Thanks for your reply. I was beginning to realise that you might not have the recipe, but it comes up as being on your site through Pinterest. Somehow it is pictured as your recipe.

        1. I’ve seen that, sorry! I don’t know why that is. I would do a google search. I’m sure you’ll fin something that way!

  11. Just made these for lunch and they are amazing! I ended up using the whole 8oz of cream cheese but I love cream cheese so it was great. I do wish I would have rolled it a little tighter and maybe stuck it in the freezer for a minute so cutting looked prettier but it was still a success!

  12. Hi there! Recipe looks fabulous! I’m working on my upcoming Halloween party already and I want to be able to prep as much food as I can ahead of time. Do you think I would be able to make these a few days before and freeze them? Perhaps popping them in the oven to toast them up before the party starts? Any suggestions would be most appreciated, thanks!

  13. I tried these tonight. I cooked mind just a little to long and had put to much cheese on top but they still tasted good. I used a little flower on my hands to help when working with the dough. I will try other variations cause my husband can’t handle spicy foods. Thanks

  14. Hi Kristin, I just took these out of the oven and I’ve ate 3 already (could’ve ate more) anyway, they were so yummy! I had trouble cutting them without squishing them so I put the roll in the freezer for a few minutes and it really seemed to help with the slicing. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I made these for lunch today. I used 1/2 roll of cooked breakfast sausage instead of bacon so my boyfriend would eat them (he isn’t a bacon fan, gasp!). They turned out really good! Thank you!

  16. Found your recipe on Pinterest awhile ago and tried it today to bring to a super bowl party. No joke, soooo easy! Definitely want to try mixing it up in the future with variations.

  17. I might be missing this step but after I later the ingredients, do I roll it up and then cut the dough or do I make slices and then roll?

  18. Has anyone tried freezing these yummy-sounding babies before baking them? I’d live to have some in the freezer to pop in when un-expected company arrives… 😉

    1. I think you could probably use the pizza dough if you rolled it out thin. Just be careful though, it’s heavier though and might get tough.

  19. I made these today for our Bible Study Class. The recipe turned out great and everyone was asking about them. There were none left for me to take home. I did eat the “ends” as they came out of the oven. ha.

    1. It’s part of the “layer ingredients” but I added it in to make it clear. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  20. Made these tonight, took longer that expected but they look like they taste yummy! The dough was tricky to unroll though

  21. I made these tonight and they turned out great! I used a greased cookie sheet and didn’t use the foil.

  22. Hi
    I tried this recipe last night and sadly, the pinwheels welded themselves to the tinfoil. They came off in pieces.
    Parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet might work better.