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My Cranberry Pinwheels make a deliciously perfect holiday party appetizer. They are super easy to whip up – sweetened cream cheese, dried cranberries, fresh rosemary and crunchy walnuts are combined and stuffed into soft flour tortillas for an irresistible snack!

If you love cranberries, you have to try my Cranberry Bliss Bars next!

Easy Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels for a delicious holiday appetizer or snack.
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Cranberry Pinwheel Recipe

I love holiday dinner parties just as much as the next girl, but you want to know what I love even more than the dinner? The appetizers! Sweet or savory, appetizers take me to my happy place. I mean, who doesn’t love cute little bite-sized nuggets of deliciousness like these Cranberry Pinwheels?

Easy Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels - delicious appetizer or snack

How to

How to Make Cranberry Pinwheels

I love making pinwheels because they are so easy and you can get super creative with them. These pinwheels are filled with sweetened cream cheese, goat cheese, dried cranberries, chopped rosemary and walnuts for a nice textural element that contrasts the creamy cheeses.

  1. The cream cheese and goat cheese are whipped with an electric mixer to make them nice and fluffy, then mixed with the cranberries, rosemary and chopped walnuts.
  2. You want to use a nice soft and thick flour tortilla for your pinwheels. They do soften as they chill but the softer they are to start with, the better. I typically use Mission tortillas for pinwheels.
  3. Spread the cream cheese mixture all over the tortilla, then roll it up tight into a log shape. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap, tightly, to help them keep their shape while they chill in the fridge. Refrigerate them for at least an hour, but they will keep overnight.
  4. Once you slice them into pinwheels, serve them as soon as possible. Leftovers will last a couple of days in a sealed container in the fridge.
how to slice tortillas into cranberry walnut pinwheels


You can store the wrapped log in your fridge for up to 24 hours, making this a great make ahead snack option.

Or, if you just have some leftovers, wrap them up in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. After that they might get a little soggy.

Do not freeze. The texture of the tortilla and of the cream cheese will change dramatically and they will mot be very pleasant.

Expert Tips

  • Use full fat, brick style cream cheese for the best taste and texture.
  • Do not use fresh cranberries. Dried cranberries are the only option here.
  • Try tossing in some other dried fruit, like chopped dried apricots.
  • Leave your tortillas out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to make them easier to roll.
Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels - a delicious Thanksgiving appetizer made with cream cheese, rosemary, cranberries and walnuts

More Cranberry Appetizers

A close up of pinwheels filled with cream cheese and cranberries

Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels

4.95 from 17 votes
My Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels make a deliciously perfect holiday party appetizer. They are super easy to whip up – sweetened cream cheese, dried cranberries, fresh rosemary and crunchy walnuts are combined and stuffed into soft flour tortillas for an irresistible snack!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 30 pinwheels


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 10- inch flour tortillas
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  • In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese, goat cheese and honey until smooth. Stir in dried cranberries, fresh minced rosemary and walnuts until well combined.
  • Lay a flour tortilla out on a flat surface. Spread a third of the cream cheese mixture over the tortilla, leaving about 1/2″ on one edge. Gently roll the tortilla up as tightly as you can, pressing towards that 1/2″ of empty tortilla. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at lease one hour or up to 24 hours. Repeat with the other two tortillas. 
  • Remove the rolled pinwheel log from the fridge. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice into 1-inch pinwheels and arrange on a serving plate.


Chilling is essentially to these staying together when they are cut.
Keyword cherry walnut pinwheels, tortilla pinwheels


Calories: 91kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 143IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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. Chairy says:

    What can I use instead of goat cheese?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Feta would be nice. You could also simply leave the the goat cheese out.

  2. Lynne says:

    Can you use something other than goat cheese?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      You could skip the goat cheese and add 4 ounces of cream cheese or Feta.

  3. Sara Anderson says:

    I have just recently started following you, and getting your emails. I just want to say THANK YOU for sharing recipes that even I can make. They’re simple, yet delicious, and my whole family has loved every single one I have attempted. Since all three of my kids are in school all day, I now work outside of the home full time. It’s exhausting and I was never the greatest cook to begin with. Having new ideas that are written with clear instructions and easy to find ingredients, that even my picky eaters enjoy, is so huge in my life! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Thank you for brightening my day with your sweet words. I am so happy that it’s made a difference in your lives!

  4. Teresa says:

    HI Kristin, I just love your Blog and all your wonderful recipes!! I would love to try these! What other kind of cheese would go with this? I tried Goat cheese once, my husband likes it but it’s a little to rich for my stomach.
    Thank you.
    Hugs, Teresa

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      You could use all cream cheese, or add some Feta.

      1. Teresa says:

        Thank you so much! That’s what I was thinking to!!!
        Hugs, Teresa

        1. Kristin says:

          You are so welcome Teresa.

  5. Sandra F Holte says:

    can you freeze these

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      These wouldn’t hold up well in the freeze because the tortilla would just get soggy.

  6. kim says:

    i am not a cook, can you tell me what crumbled goat cheese is? is it feta? thanks

    1. Kristin says:

      It’s similar in texture, but the flavor is a bit different. You can find it in the same section of the grocery store though.

  7. Terra says:

    I’m not much of a turkey eater at Thanksgiving. I like to over-eat on appetizers. I am absolutely including these in my line up! Thank you!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are totally my people!