Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels

Ham and melty cheddar all rolled up in crispy puff pastry makes the perfect snack!

Something about the pull of melted cheese makes for the best food. It’s a rule of mine. If I think something is missing from a recipe, it’s probably some type of cheese.

But let me tell you, there is no cheese missing from these pinwheels!

Check out how I made them below!

To start, I took a full sheet of puff pastry and let it thaw for about 45 mins-1 hour on the counter. Once it was pliable, I rolled it out and ran my rolling pin over it a couple of times just to press back together any seams that happened while it was folded in the box.

Then, I spread about 1 Tbsp. Of mustard over the top and sprinkled on a little pepper. I decided not to add any salt to this recipe because of the already salty ingredients. Also, if you aren’t a mustard fan, feel free to leave it out. If you are a big mustard fan, feel free to add more!

Next came a layer of freshly grated cheddar cheese. If you don’t buy your cheese in block form, I really encourage you to give it a try. I think the cheese tastes and melts so much better, it’s almost incomparable.

I followed with a layer of thinly sliced honey ham and a little bit more cheese, because it’s good. And I like cheese.

I started long ways and just rolled it gently, tucking the filling in tightly as I moved.

Once the dough was rolled up, I cut the pinwheels about 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick. This is where rolling the dough tightly will help you, otherwise your fillings will fall out and you’ll have empty pinwheels!

Once they were cut, I added them to a parchment lined baking sheet and coated them in an egg wash and a bit more cheese.

Because cheese.

The egg wash is just 1 egg scrambled with a splash of milk. With a pastry brush, spread along all of the dough to ensure it browns properly.

Then I popped them in the oven for about 15 minutes at 425 F and took them out once they were melty and golden and delicious looking.

These pinwheels are so easy, and they make the best snack or lunch for little ones. I like to add them to my daughters lunch box and my son snacks on them basically all day whenever I make them. Not to mention my husband is a cheeseaholic, so these are extremely popular in his book.

Make them! You won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for reading!

Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels 

Prep time: 1 hour      Cook time: 15 mins

Yield: 4 servings


1 sheet thawed puff pastry

1 tbsp. mustard

1 tsp. pepper

9 slices deli ham

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 egg

1 tbsp. milk


Thaw frozen puff pastry for about 45 mins to 1 hour by setting it on the counter.

Once the pastry is thawed, preheat oven to 425 F.

Roll a rolling pin over the puff pastry a few times to pinch together the seams. Spread the mustard over the top and sprinkle on the pepper. Next, add a layer of cheese followed by a layer of ham, and then a last layer of cheese. Roll together tightly and slice into 1 – 1 1/2 inch thick rounds.

Beat together the egg and milk and brush over the pastry placed on a parchment lined baking sheet. Top each pinwheel with a sprinkle of cheese and bake for about 15 mins or until golden brown and cooked through.


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