Puff Pastry Pinwheels are absolutely delicious and easy to make! They are versatile and you can make them in so many different flavors and sizes!
You only need a handful of ingredients to make these pinwheel pastries. There are so many different flavors you can make them into, even savory! You will want to make them over and over with other variations.
I will show you how to make these delicious Puff Pastry Pinwheels, they are easier to make than you think.
You can serve them for breakfast, or for dessert, or afternoon tea time, and your guests will think you got them at a French pastry shop.
Thawing the puff pastry dough
Before making the pastries, start by thawing the puff pastry sheet.
Remove it from the freezer and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes before using. You can also microwave the pastry wrapped in paper towel for 15 seconds on each side to speed up the thawing process.
You can make a homemade puff pastry recipe, use store-bought, or even use pie dough to make pinwheels.
How to make Puff Pastry Pinwheels
Open up the puff pastry dough sheet and place on your work surface. Divide the pastry sheet into 9 squares.
If you want to make larger pastries, you can cut the pastry sheet into 4, or 6 squares instead.
I like to use a piping tip, or the rim of a cup depending on the size of the pastry square, to make a circle in the center. This just helps to assemble the pinwheel.
Cut slits from the corners to the edges of the circle in the center.
Then pipe or spoon a bit of filling in the middle.
I give you some filling options below and in the recipe card. In this example, I am using this delightful Cream Cheese Filling for Pastries recipe. I piped the cream cheese mixture with a piping bag, but you can also use a spoon and just spoon the filling in, I just think the piping bag makes it easier and neater.
Next, you can place 4 berries in the center of the pastry.
Fold every other corner to the center and press it down into the filling.
Then place a berry in the center.
You can use blueberries, raspberries, cherries, or even chopped strawberries.
If making a larger size pastry, you can even slice strawberries and place in the center.
Brush the pastries with egg wash, and sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired, before baking in the oven.
Bake the pastries in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Bake the pastries in the pre-heated oven until golden brown and puffed up. It takes me an estimate baking time of 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the pastry. The smaller ones take less time to bake.
Let the pastries cool down slightly before serving.
They are best if consumed on the same day they are made, but they will be kept nicely in the fridge for one or two days. To serve them from the fridge, you can simply place them in a toaster oven for a couple of minutes, or bake them in the 350ºF oven for a few minutes until they are warm.
If you plan on serving them the day after for a brunch or dinner, I recommend assembling them the day before and freezing the pastries. Check out the instructions below.
You can assemble these pastry pinwheels ahead of time, and then freeze them to bake later. When freezing the pastries, don’t brush the egg wash on top until you are ready to bake.
You can place the pastries in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and then place them in the freezer. Let them freeze thoroughly, and then you can place them in ziploc bags or in an air-tight container.
When you are ready to bake them, pre-heat the oven as you would to make the fresh pastries. Remove the pastries from the freezer, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or silicone.
Brush the egg wash on top, and bake in the pre-heated oven until golden brown.
Puff Pastry Pinwheel Variations
What I like the most about these puff pastry pinwheels is that you can use store-bought puff pastry and make an assortment of different varieties of pastries. It makes it super easy if you are hosting dinner or brunch.
Here are some filling ideas for the puff pastry pinwheels:
- Nutella, or Biscoff butter, or even any nut butter
- Dulce de Leche
- Cream Cheese Filling
- A piece of chocolate; white, dark, semi-sweet, or milk
- Jams, jellies, or compotes
Or you can make savory variations and serve this pinwheel pastry as an appetizer or snack. Use fillings such as:
- Sun-dried tomato and roasted garlic with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese
- Creamy goat cheese and prosciutto, with a drizzle of honey
- Dijon mustard with ham and cheddar cheese
- Tomato sauce with shredded mozzarella and pepperoni
- Pesto sauce with mozzarella and chopped roasted peppers
The combinations are endless and this is just a list of ideas I can come up with as I sit here hungry.
While you can use pie dough to make these pinwheels, I really prefer puff pastry, because it makes the most delicious light textured pastry, look at all the buttery layers.
Each bite will be so delightful, crispy, and flaky.
If you liked this recipe, here are some more puff pastry recipes you might like:
- Key Lime Puff Pastry
- Cherry Turnovers
- Mascarpone Puff Pastry
- Pecan Pie Pastry
- Boston Cream Puff Pastry
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Puff Pastry Pinwheels
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 egg for egg wash
- 3 tbsp coarse sugar for sprinkling
- 1/3 cup filling suggestions in the notes
- 8 oz. berries raspberries, or blueberries
Puff Pastry Pinwheels
- Pre-heat the oven to 375ºF.
- Thaw the puff pastry sheet. You can let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour until softened. Or wrap it in paper towels and microwave the pastry sheet 15 seconds on each side. It’s ready to be used when you can easily unfold it.
- Unfold the pastry sheet, cut into 9 squares. If making a larger pinwheel, you can cut the pastry sheet into 4 or 6 squares instead of 9.
- Draw a circle in the center of the pastry. You can use a cookie cutter, the bottom of a piping tip, or the rim of a glass, depending on the size of the pastry, to form the circle in the center of the pastry. Don't cut all the way through.
- Use a very sharp knife or a pastry cutter to cut a slit going from the outer edges of this circle in the center to the corner. You must leave some room in the center where the pastry isn’t sliced, so you can fill it with the filling of choice before baking.
- Spoon from 1 to 2 teaspoons of filling in the center of each pastry.
- You can place a dollop of Nutella in the center, or a dollop of Cheesecake Filling, cookie butter, dulce de leche. Or you can even just place a piece of chopped chocolate in the center.
- Then place four berries at the tip of each triangle, around the edges of the filling.
- Fold every other corner to the center. So start at one corner, fold it to the center, then skip the next corner, fold the next corner to the center. Repeat until you’ve folded 4 corners in.
- Place another berry right in the center to hold the folded dough down.
- Whisk the egg to form a egg wash. You can add a splash of milk to it as well.
- Brush the egg wash on top of the pastry dough.
- Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of the dough.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown, and puffed up. Time baking will also depend on the size of the pastries. If you make them larger, you will need longer baking time.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool briefly before serving.
- Store the pastries in an air tight container in the fridge if not consuming them all on the same day. To serve, you can gently toast them in the lowest setting of a toaster oven. Or bake them at 350ºF briefly for about 5 minutes.
- You can also microwave them for a few seconds until they aren’t cold and hard from the fridge.
- Cheesecake filling
- Biscoff cookie butter, any nut butter you like
- Caramel, dulce de leche
- You can even just place a piece of chocolate bar in the center, as it bakes, it will melt
- Jam, jellies, or compotes
- Savory fillings: asparagus, pesto sauce, parmesan cheese, cheddar, creamy goat cheese, ham, prosciutto, tomato sauce with shredded mozzarella and pepperoni, roasted garlic and sun-dried tomato