Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Puff Pastry Pinwheels are the perfect holiday appetizer. Thank you Tillamook for sponsoring this post. Visit your local Target to buy Tillamook Cheeses today!
How do you holiday entertain?
For us, holiday entertaining is about small, intimate get-togethers. A fireplace burning and a record spinning on a turntable. Add in wine. And delicious, looks-super-elegant but was-actually-super-easy appetizers.
Like these Puff Pastry Pinwheels with Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar. The smell of these baking and the flavor of these just scream holiday!
And no one has to know they’re this easy. The filling comes together in a snap, and we rely on buttery, flaky store-bought puff pastry. Topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese, these are simply heaven.
I used to live near Tillamook Creamy and love visiting during the holidays. I’m a bit more of a drive from there now, but the good news is that Tillamook just became available nationally at my favorite store. Yup, Target. 🙌
Let’s go shop for the ingredients for these Puff Pastry Pinwheels and a little shopping for ourselves, too. Shall we?
How to Make Puff Pastry Pinwheels
Puff Pastry Pinwheels need to have a lot of flavor in a little bite.
We add flavor to every layer of these pinwheels.
First, a fresh rosemary studded cream cheese is smeared on the pastry. Then, we top it with golden apples, caramelized with honey and a bit of Dijon mustard. Crispy bacon and onions also join the party.
The star of these pinwheels is the cheddar cheese. It brings everything together. Here, we use Tillamook Farmstyle Thick Cut Sharp Cheddar Shreds. The sharp, full-bodied cheese is naturally aged for nine months. It adds a ton of flavor to these Puff Pastry Pinwheels. The thick shreds also ensure that the cheese melts slower and there’s bold, cheesy goodness in every bite.
Plus, Tillamook cheese is made from only the highest quality ingredients, with milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones. I know you’re wondering if Tillamook cheese is at your local Target, so follow this link to find out where you can purchase.
These appetizers are what I like to call a holiday win.
We hope that you make and enjoy these Puff Pastry Pinwheels this holiday season. What are your favorite holiday traditions? Let us know in the comments below!
Thank you Tillamook for sponsoring this post. Find Tillamook nationwide at your local Target store for one-stop holiday shopping this season!Print
Puff Pastry Pinwheels with Apple, Bacon and Cheddar
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Yield: 16 pinwheels 1x
Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Puff Pastry Pinwheels are the perfect holiday appetizer. These pinwheels are delicious, elegant, and simple to make.
- 3 slices thick applewood smoked bacon, diced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely diced
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator overnight
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 cup Tillamook Farmstyle Thick Cut Sharp Cheddar Shreds
- Egg wash
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook the diced bacon in a hot skillet until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon and transfer to a plate.
- Leave 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan, and add the butter to the bacon fat. Once hot, add the onions. Cook until softened and golden. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in the apples and continue cooking until the apples are very soft and golden. Stir in the Dijon and the honey. Stir back in the bacon and cook a few more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- Roll out thawed (but cold) puff pastry into a 9″x13″ rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
- Stir the rosemary into the softened cream cheese to combine. Smear the puff pastry with the cream cheese until almost at the ends, leaving a 1/2″ border on all sides.
- On top of the cream cheese, evenly spread the apple and bacon mixture. Press down to pack the mixture on and flatten it. Evenly top with the shredded cheese. Brush the ends with egg wash to seal.
- Starting from the long end, roll the puff pastry into a log. Pinch the edges of the log to seal, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Trim off the edges and slice the puff pastry into 3/4″ pinwheels. Arrange on parchment-lined sheet pans and brush with egg wash.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Top with more fresh rosemary, if desired. Serve warm.
- Serving Size: 1 pinwheel
- Calories: 124
- Sugar: 3.8g
- Sodium: 170mg
- Fat: 8.1g
- Saturated Fat: 4.4g
- Carbohydrates: 10.3g
- Fiber: 1.1g
- Protein: 3.5g
- Cholesterol: 15mg
I’m in love with this idea! Have you tried making them in puff pastry shells?
They would work very well in puff pastry shells!
Melanie williams says
How lovely are these pin wheels. such a great idea for the upcoming festive season for sure x
Quin Cl says
Looks really delicious! I would love to try this at home too. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂
These sound so delicious and my kind of appetizer! I love Tillamook, too, and can’t believe you use to live near a Tillamook Creamy !!! I hope I can try making these one day.
katrina Kroeplin says
oh this looks amazing. i could eat way to many of these right now! i need to save this.
Shannon Gurnee says
I love Tillamook cheese, whether in a recipe or by itself. This looks like a great recipe.
those pinwheels look delicious. what a great looking (Instaworthy) appetizer!
I’m coming over 😉
Joy at http://www.thejoyousliving.com
p.s. pinning this!
these puff pastry pinwheels are the perfect party finger food! Love how easy they are to make!
Just tried this recipe and it is a hit! The sharp cheddar adds to the flavor as well! Thanks for posting!
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed!
Really love the bacon and cheese together! Such a delicious appetizer!
Myrah Duque says
This would make a great appetizer for the holidays! I’ve never tried this brand. I will ty it thanks!
Ntensibe Edgar Michael says
Well, I don’t have any favourite treats, to be honest! I would love to taste these wheels. They feel like actual gingerbread biscuits.
Oh wow’ I am for sure saving this for later! This will be perfect for a Christmas appetizer!
Emman Damian says
Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Puff Pastry Pinwheels are my favorite breakfast items! I hope to bake one soon for the weekend. Sounds so yummy!
Bill Sweeney says
I could go for some of these right now! The combination of cheese, apples and bacon sounds awesome. I’d like to make these for Christmas Eve!
I mean, when you combine bacon and cheese, there’ s nothing to NOT love about it. I have to make these!
Jacque Hastert says
I’ll take these on my table any time of year. The flavor that comes with these pinwheels is out of this world delicious.
Sara Welch says
What an excellent appetizer for the holidays! Adding this to my Christmas dinner menu, indeed!
These have such a great flavor! So easy to whip up and not have to miss out on any of the party.