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Puff Pastry Pinwheels Recipe

Baked pastry pinwheels

I can almost guarantee you that at some point in the next month and a half you will want, or be forced, to attend some sort of party that requires you to bring a dish.

This party could be a family potluck or a work holiday party. It could be with people you know and love or with a group of people that you’ve just met! It’s possible that your spouse or significant other will drag you to something entirely new to you.

It’s okay. Take a deep breath. Make these pinwheels. You will be the star of the party.

While these look complicated and taste like you probably spent hours rolling, flouring, baking, and cursing at your kitchen, none of that is true. They take under an hour to make and that includes the baking time. Total active time is about twenty minutes.

I brought these suckers to a party a few weeks ago and they were├┐gone├┐before I could get the cover completely off of them. OK. That is maybe an exaggeration, but not by much.

I made two versions of these pinwheels, a savory and a sweet. The savory version involves some grated cheese and minced spinach. I just used frozen spinach and I recommend you do the same.

Chopped spinach in a bowl

The key to working with frozen spinach is to make sure that you squeeze out as much liquid as possible after you thaw it. Ten ounces of frozen spinach will have over a cup of water in it that you can squeeze out. That water will ruin your pinwheels so make sure you press the spinach between some paper towels to get out as much liquid as possible.

Draining chopped spinach

When it comes to actually making the pinwheels, just roll out the thawed pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Then brush the entire surface of the dough with some egg wash... just a mixture of one egg and one tablespoon of water.

Pastry dough with egg wash

Once the pastry is brushed, sprinkle your cheese and scallion mixture over the dough.

Pastry covered with cheese

Then spread your drained and chopped spinach over the cheese.

Pastry topped with spinach and cheese

Roll the pastry dough into a tight cylinder and cut it into 16 even pinwheels. Each will be about 1/4 inch wide. It helps to use a sharp serrated knife to cut these.

Pastry pinwheets cut on baking sheet

Once they are cut, lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake them at 375 degrees for 16-18 minutes until they are puffed and beautiful.

Baked pastry pinwheels on cookie sheet

Let them cool for a few minutes before serving them up! For the walnut version, just mix the minced walnuts with the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Then spread that mixture over the dough after you brush it with egg wash. Roll, cut, and bake the pinwheels just like the savory version.

Pastry pinwheels with walnuts, cinnamon and sugar

I liked both versions of pinwheels, but the savory was my personal favorite. Both disappeared almost immediately when I took them to a party.Make these and be the hit of any pot luck party you attend!

Puff Pastry Pinwheels Recipe Instructions

Spinach Puff Pastry Pinwheels Recipe

Ingredients

Spinach Puff Pastry Pinwheels
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and pressed
  • 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Flour, for rolling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Thaw spinach in the microwave, then press it between a few paper towels or a clean towel to press out as much liquid as possible.
  3. Roughly chop spinach.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together cheeses, scallions, and a pinch of garlic powder.
  5. Roll out a thawed puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Brush the pastry with some egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water).
  6. Sprinkle surface with cheese mixture and then cover with spinach.
  7. Roll the pastry carefully into a tight tube. Then cut it with a sharp serrated knife into 16 even pieces. Lay the pieces out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake the pinwheels for 16-18 minutes at 375 degrees until they are puffed and golden brown.
  9. Let cool slightly before serving.
 

Walnut Puff Pastry Pinwheels Recipe

Ingredients

Walnut Puff Pastry Pinwheels
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup minced walnuts
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted; melted
  • Pinch of salt
  • Flour, for rolling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Thaw spinach in the microwave, then press it between a few paper towels or a clean towel to press out as much liquid as possible.
  3. Roughly chop spinach.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together cheeses, scallions, and a pinch of garlic powder.
  5. Roll out a thawed puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Brush the pastry with some egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon water).
  6. Sprinkle surface with cheese mixture and then cover with spinach.
  7. Roll the pastry carefully into a tight tube. Then cut it with a sharp serrated knife into 16 even pieces. Lay the pieces out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake the pinwheels for 16-18 minutes at 375 degrees until they are puffed and golden brown.
  9. Let cool slightly before serving.
 
 These pinwheels will force people to vote for you for best appetizer bringer ever. Just don't tell them how easy it is!