Bacon Pinwheels

Bacon Pinwheels Recipe – our go-to appetizer for parties and get-togethers! Equally delicious for breakfast and brunch. These cream cheese bacon crescents are simple to make and packed full of amazing flavor. Bacon, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, onion powder, parsley, milk, and crescent rolls. You might want to double the recipe – they go fast!

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Bacon Cream Cheese Crescents

These Bacon Pinwheels are one of our all-time favorite appetizers! They are a must for any upcoming holiday parties, brunches, potlucks, and tailgates. Bacon, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, onion powder, parsley, milk, and crescent rolls. SO much flavor!! I always double the recipe and never have any leftovers. Add this to your list! You won’t be disappointed.

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How to Make Bacon Pinwheels

These bacon crescents are super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, onion powder, parsley, and milk with an electric mixer. Stir in chopped bacon and grated parmesan cheese. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired. Unroll two cans of crescent dough sheets. Spread cream cheese mixture over the dough. Roll each rectangle up jelly roll style and use a serrated knife to cut each log into 16 slices. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown. Sprinkle baked pinwheels with dried parsley.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute turkey bacon.
    • Feel free to add more bacon if you would like.
  • For a lower-calorie dish, use low-fat cream cheese.
    • I don’t recommend fat-free cream cheese. 
  • You can use freshly grated parmesan cheese or the cheese in the green can.
  • If you don’t like parmesan cheese, you can substitute any cheese that you enjoy. Shredded cheddar cheese or gouda cheese are both delicious.
  • Feel free to add vegetables to the cream cheese mixture. A few tablespoons of chopped bell pepper, olives, and roasted red peppers would be yummy.
  • Can I make Bacon Pinwheels ahead of time? I think these appetizers taste best the day they are made. You can make the cream cheese filling ahead of time and cover with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
    • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator about an hour before assembling the pinwheels.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Parmesan Bacon Pinwheels

This bacon appetizer is our go-to recipe for all of our get-togethers! I always keep the ingredients on hand to be able to whip up a batch at a moment’s notice. We like to serve them with some ranch dressing for dipping. They are equally delicious as a side dish with soup and chili. Give this a try ASAP!

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Bacon Pinwheels

Yield: 32 pinwheels
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Bacon Pinwheels Recipe – our go-to appetizer for parties and get-togethers! Equally delicious for breakfast and brunch. These cream cheese bacon crescents are simple to make and packed full of amazing flavor. Bacon, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, onion powder, parsley, milk, and crescent rolls. You might want to double the recipe – they go fast!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and chopped (I used pre-cooked bacon)
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 2 (8-oz) can refrigerated crescent rolls or crescent sheet

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, onion powder, parsley, and milk with an electric mixer. Stir in chopped bacon and grated parmesan cheese.
  • Open each can of dough. Firmly press perforations together to seal. Spread each rectangle with ½ of the cream cheese mixture. Roll each rectangle up jelly roll style and cut into 16 pinwheels (32 total). Place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Notes:

  • Can substitute turkey bacon.
    • Feel free to add more bacon if you would like.
  • For a lower-calorie dish, use low-fat cream cheese.
    • I don’t recommend fat-free cream cheese. 
  • You can use freshly grated parmesan cheese or the cheese in the green can.
  • If you don’t like parmesan cheese, you can substitute any cheese that you enjoy. Shredded cheddar cheese or gouda cheese are both delicious.
  • Feel free to add vegetables to the cream cheese mixture. A few tablespoons of chopped bell pepper, olives, and roasted red peppers would be yummy.
  • Can I make Bacon Pinwheels ahead of time? I think these appetizers taste best the day they are made. You can make the cream cheese filling ahead of time and cover with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
    • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator about an hour before assembling the pinwheels.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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Comments

  1. I have made these many times for family, for work events. They are a hit every time, often requested by coworkers, and I recently gave the recipe to my boss who cannot cook anything. She did a great job with them and her family has asked for more. Great recipe!

  2. Just wanted to let you know that I have dreamed of these several times over the past week…and before you start thinking that I am a complete weirdo my reason is a very good one. I had read over this recipe on Friday Nov. 5 and even printed it out in hopes of making it when I returned from what was supposed to be a WONDERFUl Mexican Riveria cruise…Yes I was one of the passengers stuck at sea on the Carnival Splendor. Let me just say that I would have killed for one of these wonderful Bacon Crescents (will maybe not killed but something close to it..haha) Thanks for giving me something to drool over and dream about in what was an experience I will never forget. Keep all this wonderful recipes coming…ya just never know when one of them will be forever stuck in one of your readers minds ~ Shauna Barrier

  3. In my supermarket, they now have "Recipe Creations" crescent roll dough. It's the same dough, just rolls out into a single sheet, so no more pressing the perforations together.

  4. Great recipe, I am going to try it next week and serve them with scrambled eggs. I came across your blog last week, and have a list of new recipes that I plan on trying..

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