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posted: 01/29/18

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This Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels recipe is the best appetizer to bring to a party! Put this on your game day appetizer list.

a close up picture of a jalapeño popper pinwheel full of cheese and bacon on a piece of wax paper

Jalapeño Poppers are maybe one of my favorite appetizers. There is something about the spicy pepper and the nice cool cream cheese that go so well together. I love this great spin on the classic appetizer. 

overhead view of six jalapeño popper pinwheels on a piece of wax paper, a full jalapeño and some jalapeño slices around it


  1. Combine cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapeños, and bacon.
  2. Spread the mixture over seamless crescent dough.
  3. Roll it up and then cut into individual pinwheels.
  4. Bake and enjoy!

Make sure you head to the bottom of the post to get the detailed and printable recipe.

overhead picture of one jalapeño popper pinwheel made with crescent roll dough


  • The key to this recipe turning out well is making sure that your cream cheese is at room temperature. The best way to do that is leave it cut out in pieces on the counter for a half hour.
  • I used pickled jalapeños because they are the greatest thing that has ever happened. Ever. You could use fresh jalapeños, but the raw taste of the jalapeño would likely be overpowering in this recipe.
  • For the bacon crumbles, there are these delightful little pieces of bacon that you can buy right by the bacon bits in the salad aisle (they come in a bag and are sold by all the major bacon brands). They are my new favorite lazy fix. Otherwise dice two slices of bacon and cook it until crispy.
  • Using dental floss to cut the pinwheels after you have it all rolled up makes these come out just perfect!


  • Spinach Balls – Everyone always begs for this recipe!
  • Taco Pinwheels – One can never have enough pinwheels and these are the tortilla variety.
  • Guacamole – Are you even watching a football game if you aren’t eating the best guacamole ever?

If you make this great pinwheel recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know!

three jalapeño popper pinwheels (made with cream cheese and crescent roll dough) on a white rectangular plate
This Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels recipe is the best appetizer to bring to a party! Full of cream cheese, cheese, jalapeños, and bacon, they are absolutely delicious!
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Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels

Serves: 16 pinwheels
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
This Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels recipe is the best appetizer to bring to a party! 


  • 2 packages seamless crescent roll dough
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 8 oz pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup jarred sliced jalapeños diced
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon pieces or pre cooked found in the salad aisle


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread out your crescent roll doughs. Spread half of the cream cheese on one sheet of dough, and half the cream cheese on the other. Sprinkle half the shredded cheese on one roll and half the shredded cheese on the other. Do the same with the jalapeño peppers, half on one sheet, half on the other. Repeat with the bacon pieces.
  • Roll each roll up tightly. Using a piece of floss, or a piece of fishing line, and put it underneath your roll up in the middle. Cross the ends of the floss over the top of the roll and pull. It will make a clean slice through the roll up. Repeat on each piece, putting it in the middle of the pice until you have 8 equal pieces. 
  • Place the pieces flat side down on parchment paper or a silicon lined baking mat.  Bake for 10 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
Serving: 1pinwheel Calories: 211kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 15.6g (5%) Protein: 7.3g (15%) Fat: 13.2g (20%) Saturated Fat: 7.4g (46%) Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 35mg (12%) Sodium: 364.9mg (16%) Potassium: 217.1mg (6%) Fiber: 0.9g (4%) Sugar: 3.7g (4%) Vitamin A: 519IU (10%) Vitamin C: 17mg (21%) Calcium: 113.1mg (11%) Iron: 0.9mg (5%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
This Jalapeño Popper Pinwheels recipe is the best appetizer to bring to a party! Full of cream cheese, cheese, jalapeños, and bacon, they are absolutely delicious!

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  1. Tanya Schroeder says

    This could easily become a meal for me! I love me some jalapenos!

    • Lisa Longley says

      It totally was a meal for me, Tanya, lol!

  2. Erin | The Law Student's Wife says

    I have a mini (major) obsession with sweet rolls, but for some unknown reason, have yet to take ’em savory. I love peppers and cheese, so these babies are my ticket!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Oh! You have to come to the savory side Erin!! Just think of all the possibilities!

  3. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says

    Oh these are super smart! I love anything with cheese and Pillsbury!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Me too! Thanks Jocelyn!

  4. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says

    Jalapenos, cheese, and crescent rolls…now you’re talking!! These sound amazing!

  5. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama says

    OMGosh! I love these, Lisa! And so easy to make too! :) A perfect game day recipe.
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned & sharing!

  6. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    These are seriously amaze-balls Lisa – pinned!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Awww, thanks Trish! You rule.

  7. Tonia says

    No way! One of the things on my “to bake” list is a recipe VERY similar to this! LOL! They look amazing!

    • Lisa Longley says

      What can I say, Tonia, great minds? I can’t wait to see your spin on it!!


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