These versatile Honey Mustard Pepperoni Pinwheels are elegant enough for a cocktail party, yet perfect for a nibble at a casual picnic dinner.

Puff Pastry Appetizers are always a hit! Who doesn’t love a buttery pastry wrapped around a savory filling making beautiful spirals.

Honey Mustard Pepperoni Pinwheels on a square white plate garnished with flowering chives

Why Make a Pinwheel Appetizer

  • If you keep a box of frozen puff pastry in your freezer, it’s easy to whip up savory pinwheels and other appetizers. It’s a shortcut to making all sorts of delectable treats. 
  • You can shake up this recipe with different deli meat and cheeses depending on your palate.
  • These buttery spirals are always a hit!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Defrost Puff Pastry?

It should be defrosted in the refrigerator. Pull it out of the freezer and place the box in the refrigerator the night before you plan to use it.

How Do You Store Puff Pastry Pinwheels?

If they contain meat or cheeses, it’s best to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, they will freeze well for up to a month.

Can Puff Pastry Appetizers Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes, roll, slice can bake your pinwheels. When they’re cool, place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer. To reheat frozen pinwheels, place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and put them in a 375 degree oven until hot.

How to Make Pepperoni Pinwheels

  1. Roll out a sheet of defrosted puff pastry on a lightly floured surface.
  2. Layer with mustard, pepperoni, and cheese.
  3. Roll, Slice and Bake. So easy and impressive.

Bill was eying these spiral beauties when he arrived home from work and was my first taste tester. With his seal of approval, I moved a platter of these flaky numbers to the buffet where they were soon devoured by my friends.

overhead view of pepperoni pinwheels on a white ceramic tray

Tips for Working with Puff Pastry

Using store-bought puff pastry is an easy way to make impressive, elegant appetizers like these Pepperoni Pinwheels. Pinwheels are especially noteworthy since they make such a beautiful presentation without a lot of work! You just need to know a few simple rules about working with puff pastry. PRO-Tip: My biggest tip is to use an all-butter puff pastry for the tastiest pinwheels! Check the ingredients listed on the box.

  • Defrost your puff pastry overnight in the refrigerator. If you leave it on the counter to defrost, it can get too warm which makes puff pastry difficult to work with.
  •  You must roll out your puff pastry sheet to smooth out the seams. Use a lightly floured surface to prevent sticking.
  • Leave a one-inch border when applying the toppings. This will leave some room for the filling to shift as you roll up the dough.
  • Applying an egg wash to the border will help seal the dough so it doesn’t unfurl as it bakes.
  • Chill the roll before cutting.  PRO-Tip: A rule of thumb when using puff pastry is to have the pastry cold and the oven hot for the best results.
  • Shake up your fillings as you like. Add a different combination of meat and cheeses, but take care to make sure your filling does not get too thick or it will be hard to roll.
Honey Mustard Pepperoni Pinwheels on a white ceramic tray with a blossoming chive

More Tasty Appetizer Recipes

If you like the look of these pepperoni pinwheels, check out my  Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels and Spinach Feta Pinwheels. And there are many more Appetizer Recipes in my Recipe Index!  Plus these Ham and Cheese Party Puffs from Miss in the Kitchen also sound terrific! Plus check out all my Favorite Appetizer Recipes in my recipe index.

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This recipe was first shared in April 2015. Photos and text were updated in 2021.

2 pepperoni pinwheels on a square white plate with thyme and chives to garnish

Honey Mustard Pepperoni Pinwheels

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 24

An irresistible combination of buttery pastry, pepperoni, cheese and mustard! Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 14 ounces frozen puff pastry, thawed in refrigerator (I use Dufour brands)
  • 2 tablespoons Honey-Dijon mustard
  • 2 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend

Instructions

  1. Mix together the Asiago cheese, thyme, oregano and pepper and set aside.
  2. On a very lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry just to smooth out the seams. Spread mustard over surface of puff pastry, leaving a one-inch plain border at one of the long edges. Arrange the pepperoni over the mustard, then sprinkle with the Asiago mixture.
  3. Brush plain border with egg. Starting at side opposite plain border, roll up pastry, then press along the seam to seal. Transfer the roll, seam side down, to a parchment lined baking sheet. Chill for at least an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°. Line second baking pan with parchment.
  5. Cut each pastry roll into about thirty 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place pinwheels to prepared sheets. Bake 15 minutes or till golden. Serve warm.

Notes

Prep time does not include chilling times.

Cold puff pastry will puff best, so make sure the pinwheels are cold when you pop them in the oven.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 277mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g

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Honey Mustard Pepperoni Pinwheels overhead view on a round, white platter