Spinach Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Pinwheels

The fun shape and color of these pinwheels make them kid-friendly — a welcome trick for getting young ones to eat their greens! Pack a few into a lunchbox, offer them as an afterschool snack, or serve them as hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail party.


15 minutes


25 minutes


20 pinwheels




  • 2 puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 3 Tablespoons Challenge Butter
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, stems removed
  • black pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • 1

    Set puff pastry on the counter to thaw.

  • 2

    Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions, stir frequently and cook until soft and golden.

  • 3

    Meanwhile, wash the spinach, dry thoroughly, then roughly chop.

  • 4

    Once onions are done, add the garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  • 5

    Add spinach to pan, season with black pepper, and cook by turning constantly with tongs until the spinach is wilted.

  • 6

    Add spinach, cream cheese, herbs, onion flakes, and salt to a large bowl. Mix well with a fork.

  • 7

    Once puff pastry is soft enough to handle, unfold sheets and place on lightly floured surface.

  • 8

    Divide cream cheese mixture between two puff pastry sheets, lightly spreading over entire surface.

  • 9

    Beginning with one edge, roll each pastry sheet into a log. Place rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

  • 10

    Preheat oven at 400º F.

  • 11

    Remove rolls from refrigerator and slice into ½ slices. Place slices back on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes or until golden. Let cool for a few minutes, and serve warm. Pinwheels can be refrigerated for 2-3 days and can be served cold as well.


  • !

    If using frozen spinach, allow to thaw and then squeeze to remove excess moisture. Recipe calls for about 1 cup of cooked spinach.

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