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Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

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These Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels are a guaranteed show stopper! They are spicy, delicious, and perfect for your next party!


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Imagine the sizzle of jalapenos, the creamy cheese, and the crunchy bacon, all wrapped up in a neat little pinwheel. I’m drooling just thinking about them!

Jalapeno pinwheels is an easy recipe that’s ready to rock in no time.

It’s perfect for game day party bites or just a fun snack during movie nights.

And the blend of cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, and jalapenos are seriously the perfect combo!

Jalapeno cream cheese pinwheels are a great appetizer that you can even use as an on-the-go snack for road trips!

The combo of spicy and creamy is a crowd pleaser every time!


softened cream cheese spread out over pizza dough


What is a Jalapeno Popper Pinwheel? 

It’s a spicy, cheesy, bacon-filled twist on the ever-popular jalapeno poppers. 

Jalapeno poppers are generally made by filling a jalapeno with cream cheese or something that kinda cools that spicy flavor.

Then they are typically wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven until done.

They’re really the perfect party appetizers!

These pinwheels are a little different. They still have the cheese, jalapeno, and bacon.

But those are all actually mixed together and then the whole thing is rolled in a yummy dough!

If you like regular jalapeno poppers, you’ll absolutely love these.


Minced jalapenos spread out over cream cheese


What Ingredients are in Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels?

Simple ingredients only! Actually you only need 5 ingredients for this easy pinwheel recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dough (like crescent dough or pizza dough): The base that holds our delicious fillings.
  • Cream Cheese: For that creamy, melt-in-mouth texture.
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese: Adds depth and a cheesy bite.
  • Fresh Jalapeno Peppers (or green onions): The kick of spice or a milder flavor burst.
  • Crispy Bacon: Because everything’s better with bacon!

Pro tips: 

  • Always let your cream cheese come to room temperature for an even spread. 
  • Remember to remove the seeds and insides of the jalapenos if you’re not into too much heat!
  • Bacon bits can be used. Though I prefer the flavor of fresh bacon.


Shredded cheese spread out over cream cheese and jalapenos


How to Make Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

Jalapeno popper roll ups make such an easy delicious game day snack that your taste buds will thank you for!

Here’s how to make them:

  1. Start by preparing your dough and laying it flat.
  2. Slather on that cream cheese mixture.
  3. Add in your cheese, jalapenos, and bacon.
  4. Roll it up, slice, and pop them onto your baking sheet.
  5. Bake till they’re a tantalizing golden brown.

Pro tips: 

  • Use a sharp serrated knife for those clean pinwheel cuts. Dull knives will NOT work! 
  • Keep an eye on them while baking – these tasty pinwheels can go from perfect to overdone in a jiffy.
  • Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.


Crumbled bacon crumbled over cream cheese, jalapenos and cheese.


Can You Make Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels Ahead of Time? 

You can absolutely prepare jalapeno popper pinwheels ahead of time! They are the perfect party appetizer!

Prepare them, store them in an airtight container with some parchment paper between layers, and pop them in the oven when ready to serve.

I recommend not making them more than a day or two in advance though.


How to roll up pinwheels


How to Store Leftover Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels 

First, allow the pinwheels to come to room temperature. 

Then place them in an airtight container. 

These delicious snacks are great cold, but you can always warm them up a bit before serving.

If warming, warm them in an oven or air fryer to keep them a little crispy.

You can also warm them in the microwave but they’ll be a bit softer.


How to slice pinwheels


What to Serve with Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels? 

A cool dollop of sour cream to balance out the spiciness!

Or a simple green salad can balance out the spicy kick of these pinwheels too.

And don’t forget, any other appetizers! Basically anything you put on the appetizer table makes a great addition to these spicy pinwheels.

Here are some recipes to get you started:

  • Jalapeno Popper Dip (if you’ve got extra jalapeno!)
  • Mozzarella Pepperoni Bites
  • Strawberry Blueberry poppy Seed Brushetta
  • Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
  • Watermelon Mozzarella and Balsamic Bites
  • Little Pretzel Smokies
  • Cranberry Chili Meatballs
  • Spinach Parmesan Bites
  • Chipotle Chicken Taquitos
  • Corn Beef and Pastromi Ritz Sliders


baked pinwheels ready to serve


Can You Freeze Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels? 

You can easily freeze jalapeno popper pinwheels! 

Just wrap them in plastic wrap, then in foil, and freeze. 

Thaw and bake when the craving hits.

That makes them great for prepping for a party! Game day! No problem! Just pull these out of the freezer.

Can You Use Puff Pastry to Make Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels? 

You can definitely use puff pastry for these easy pinwheel appetizers.

Buttery puff pastry sheets would actually taste really good in the pinwheels.

They have a flakier texture. So if that’s your preference, then go for it!

Just adjust the baking time accordingly. Different pastries will take a different amount of time to cook.



Can Dogs Eat Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels? 

No dogs really shouldn’t eat jalapeno popper pinwheels.

Spicy foods can be really hard for dogs to digest. And it can even be harmful for some dogs!

Really, unless it’s made for a dog, it’s best to not feed it to them.


Additional Appetizers You’ll Love…

Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels are easy, delicious, spicy, and perfect for any party! Enjoy!


Yield: 16 pinwheels

Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

zoomed in image jalapeno poppers ready to eat.

Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels are the perfect game day snack or party appetizer. They're a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for all ages.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, non-stick foil or a baking mat.
  3. Roll out pizza dough or crescent dough onto counter - If using crescent dough, pinch seams together so it makes one flat piece of dough.
  4. Spread cream cheese over entire dough slab.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese, jalapenos and bacon (reserving a little of each to put on top)
  6. Beginning with the longest end away from you, begin rolling dough TOWARDS you, a little at a time until completely rolled up (like cinnamon rolls).
  7. Cut into 1 inch slices and lay on prepared cookie sheet.
  8. Top each one with additional cheese, jalapenos and bacon.
  9. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until top is melted and edges are just beginning to turn golden.
  10. Remove and serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 377mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g
Originally Posted: April 10, 2015

Photos & Text Updated: October 5, 2023

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