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Orange Crème Pinwheels How-To

Orange Crème Pinwheels
Crescents are the base for these sweet, citrusy swirls.
By Deborah Harroun

My family loves appetizers and finger foods. In fact, on more than one occasion, we’ve gotten together and formed a meal completely around appetizers, both savory and sweet. What can be better than a meal of little bites? 

Made with Pillsbury® crescent rolls, pinwheels are a popular appetizer idea. But what about turning them into a sweet treat? In this version, an orange-sweetened cream cheese is spread on crescent rolls, then rolled up and cut into delicious dessert bites. These would even make a great addition to a brunch table. 

Here’s how you make them: 

You will need cream cheese, orange zest, orange extract, sugar and 1 tube of crescent rolls.

Orange Creme Pinwheels ingredients

In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar. Add the orange zest and orange extract; beat it all together.

Orange Creme Pinwheels mixing

Open the crescent rolls, and separate into 2 rectangles. Pinch the perforations together with your fingers. 

Spread the cream cheese filling on each rectangle. 

Starting on the short side, roll up the dough. Cut each rectangle into 8 slices.

Orange Creme Pinwheels roll up dough

Place each slice cut side up on a baking sheet, and bake until golden brown. Once they are cool, top with a simple powdered sugar glaze and serve. Delicious!

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