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Store-bought puff pastry rolled around cheese and spinach makes for easy, elegant, irresistible Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels! No matter the occasion, Puff Pastry Appetizers are always a hit.

With just a few simple ingredients and some tips on how to work with puff pastry, you’ll dazzle everyone who samples these, whether as a snack, at a cocktail party, luncheon, tailgate or dinner party! Pinwheel Recipes are simple and impressive!

Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels lined up on a white, rectangle ceramic tray


Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels

Oh, boy, these Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels were marvelous! Even the two cold leftover cheesy pinwheels I found in the fridge after our book club meeting tasted amazing. This is an uncomplicated recipe that yields an impressive, gourmet appetizer. Just use a good quality puff pastry and you’ll receive high praise with minimal effort.

You can shake up the cheese or add a layer of prosciutto. The options are endless. If you’re hosting any sort of gathering this year, you will want to whip up a batch of this puff pastry appetizer. They won’t disappoint.

Muenster and Spinach Pinwheel Recipe on a square white plate

Tips for Working with Puff Pastry

Using packaged puff pastry makes for quick, out of this world appetizers, whether for pinwheels, baked brie or savory tarts. But knowing the best way to store, prepare and bake with puff pastry helps your recipes turn out perfectly every single time.

  • Purchase a high-quality frozen puff pastry. Check for butter in the ingredients. Brands using oils instead of butter will not taste nearly as good. The butter-based brands will cost more, but they’re definitely worth the higher price. I use Dufour brand, but Trader Joe’s occasionally carries a less expensive version around the holidays. I find Dufour at Whole Foods and Fresh Market locally.
  • Defrost your puff pastry as directed on the package. Keep it in the refrigerator until ready to layer the toppings to make your Puff Pastry Appetizers.
  • I like to work on a lightly floured silicone baking sheet when rolling out my puff pastry. Note: you don’t want to cut on this surface.
  • Dust your work surface with a little flour to prevent sticking.
  • When you spread the toppings over the puff pastry, you’ll want to leave about a 1/2-inch gap clear of toppings at one long side so the puff pastry will adhere to itself after it’s rolled.
  • The egg wash works both as glue for where the puff pastry meets after rolling as well as a glaze to assist with sheen and browning. This is one of those Pinwheel Recipes that will always draw rave reviews!

Baking Puff Pastry

  • The simple rule is to have the dough COLD and the oven HOT. This will ensure that it “puffs” to the fullest when baking these Spinach Muenster Pinwheels.
  • Therefore, you may need to rechill the pinwheels before popping them in the oven, as the puff pastry can warm up as you work with it.
  • This recipe is baked at 400ยบ, which is an ideal heat for baking puff pastry.

 More Puff Pastry Recipes You’ll Love:

Easy puff pastry appetizers are ideal for entertaining. Using the shortcut of store-bought puff pastry is the key to making simple starters for any gathering. I’ve also served these extremely popular Spinach Feta Pinwheels as well as Pepperoni Pinwheels. Crazy for Crust shared her version of tasty Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels, and I’ve been craving these Cheesy Mushroom Puff Pastry Bites from Well Plated. 

Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels on a narrow white tray with a bowl of grated Parmesan

Used in This Recipe:

  • French Rolling Pin – I prefer this tapered rolling pin over the classic
  • Half Sheet Pan – I like this heavy duty pan as it doesn’t warp
  • Roul-Pat – I use this to roll out puff pastry, pie crusts, and bread dough. It makes cleanup a breeze!

Text and photos updated in 2019. The original post was shared in December 2012.

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Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels

No matter the occasion, these buttery Muenster and Spinach pinwheels are always a hit.

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


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup shredded Muenster
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • Flour
  • 1 sheet puffed pastry (I used Dufour brand), thawed in refrigerator
  • 10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed very, very dry


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. Beat egg and water together in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Stir Muenster, Parmesan and garlic powder together. Set aside.
  4. Lightly flour work surface. Unfold thawed puff pastry and roll lightly with a floured rolling pin. Brush surface with beaten egg. Top with cheese mixture, then evenly top with thawed spinach.
  5. Starting at the short end, roll up like a jelly roll. Slice at 1/2 inch intervals and place rounds on baking sheets. Brush with egg wash.
  6. Bake 15 minutes or till golden brown. Remove to wire racks and let cool 10 minutes before serving.


Remember that puff pastry bakes best in a hot oven and when the puff pastry is cold. Put your cut pinwheels into the refrigerator to chill a bit if needed before baking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 pinwheel

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g


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90 comments on “Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels”

  1. Yes, it seems a nice treat for a girls party:) you really are good at it:) have a blessed Sunday.

  2. I love how easy puff pastry makes appies – this flavour combination sounds delicious!

  3. I have never heard of this one, but it sounds pretty delicious.

  4. Thank you for this ever-so-elegant but do-able recipe, Liz.

    Looking forward to baking these Muenster Spinach Pinwheels and eating them!

  5. Very pretty and mighty tasty I’m sure:@)

  6. Before you know it you ate half of them and donยดt even want to eat the real dinner. Gorgeous! And I bet they freeze so well too.

  7. These are hard days in which to try and do life ‘normally,’ aren’t they. I feel more than a bit guilty going through life as usual when the families up north are dealing with so much loss and grief. The spirals do look delicious though, and we DO have to eat and continue living. If we don’t do these things, they win.

  8. Muenster is such a flavorful cheese. This is a great appetizer or even lunch for me!

  9. Any time you combine cheese and puff pastry I’ll be the first one on line! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Lizzy , these cheesy pinwheels look pretty tasty ! Love it !

  11. Happy Sunday, Lizzy! These pinwheels look absolutely incredible!

  12. These look really delicious Lizzy and tempting!!

  13. We love your beautiful appetizer, and can envision making it with other greens as well — perhaps chard, or beet greens, or even mustard or turnip greens. We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies.

    –Your friendly Southern California farmers at Cut `n Clean Greens

  14. Hi Lizzy, the pinwheels look incredibly delicious! Hope to try it out one day!

    • Although I do love sweets, sometimes the best dessert is something savoury with lots of cheese, right? These cheese and spinach pinwheels look and sound fantastic, and I wouldn’t mind a plate with a glass of wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. I miss puff pastry. When I make them for my gluten eating friends they are finished in seconds.

  16. I love the ease and simplicity of this. This is definitely a must-try!

  17. These look and sound great Liz! You can’t go wrong with puff pastry!

  18. Yum! I’m not sure any would make it to the serving plate ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Dufour puff pastry is the best commercial brand I’ve ever used. And this looks so wonderful, nothing but the best is good enough! Nice flavors, and it looks so great. And thank you for your thoughts about the shooting – such a tragic event, and not posting on Monday is a terrific idea.

  20. These are the perfect party food.

  21. I had something similar at a party recently, and they were SO delicious! I’d love to try your recipe for myself… and my party guests! Thanks for sharing, Lizzy.

  22. Mmm I’ve seen all kinds of pastry pinwheels before, but I love that you used Muenster cheese. What a tasty twist!

  23. These look wonderful Lizzy! Perfect for the holiday!

  24. I am a big fan of easy puff pastry recipes so this is so up my alley. I am not sure I have ever seen savory pinwhel. Bookmarked! A day of “online silence” is a wonderful way to support those in need.

  25. These are so perfect for those potlucks (if you can keep your hands off them!)

  26. These look great and I will do be making them!! Enjoy!!

  27. I love anything with spinach, this pinwheels are so deliciously golden!

  28. Love it..!!!

  29. What great savory looking appetizers!

  30. The pinwheels are so cute! And I love spinach and cheese together…yum!

  31. These look gorgeous and delicious!

  32. Spinach pinwheels looks delicious and perfect.

  33. Gosh I love how easy these are. Seriously I have bookmarked like 10 appetizers to make for Christmas. We are going to eat really well this year!

  34. I love pinwheels! These look so tasty! Love that you used muenster too, it’s a cheese I don’t use or eat too often, but I like it!

  35. Pinwheels are fun and easy! Great combo!

  36. Liz these look wonderful – love the flavors. These would sure to be a hit at a party!

  37. I have been so excited to get this recipe ever since you posted the teaser photo. The flavours look so amazing. And the fact that it is so easy to put together is just icing on the cake.

  38. These are perfect for appetizer in this Christmas period!!
    Have a nice week

  39. Great appetizer, I have to admit, I’ve never made one like this but these are the kinds I go for when at parties!! Thanks for sharing.

  40. Pastry + Spinach + Cheese=DELICIOUS! These look so tasty and I would loooove it if anyone ever served these to me!

  41. Pinwheels! Love them, been meaning to try makingnthem for the longest time! Everytime i see a blogpost on these, i’d be like aargh! Still havent done these yet! Timely reminder, thanks Liz.

  42. I love muenster and spinach. YUM!

  43. Welcome to WordPress!Love the spinach and cheese combo and the pinwheels look beautiful!!Will be making these very soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Mmmm! I can’t wait to try these!

  45. you always make these look so good and easy. and always make me hungry.

  46. Oh! I love this! Looks so appetizing & lovely! YUM!

  47. These look great!!! I noticed you said the leftovers tasted awesome the next day… you think these could be made earlier in the day and brought to a Christmas event a couple hours later at room temp? (think they would they get too mushy or harden up??) Thanks for this easy recipe!

  48. What a fun appetizer – love the flavors in this one!

  49. It doesn’t look like leftovers. Looks really wonderful! Great idea!

  50. These look delicious, and very pretty too! Am thinking of making them for Christmas Eve buffet with the family… thanks Lizzy!

  51. I really like uncomplicated especially this time of year and these look fabulous to boot. Thank you for stopping by today, Lizzy. Have a great week!

  52. Mmm…I love puff pastry! Thanks for a fantastically chic, easy and endlessly adaptable recipe.

  53. Will there be a time when you’ll post all of the recipes from the party? I see several items that I’d like to know how to make! Fingers crossed…

    • Hi, Karii,

      If you mean recipes from my book club gathering, they all will be shared before the end of the month. If you mean the other Sunday Supper posts, the links are all at the bottom of this post…there are tons of great ideas!

  54. I love pinwheels, they always turn out so pretty. Love the cheese and spinach combination.

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  56. They turned out great. And the goat cheese ones were great too.

  57. They cought my eyes, looks so delicious, and the recipe looks simple to bake.
    It is nice to bake these when friends are coming around!
    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. These are in the oven now. I used cheddar cheese instead and added crumbled bacon. My only problem is that I HATE puff pastry. When cutting the slices, the pastry just flaked off and it all fell about. I’m sure it will still taste good, but its definitely not presentable. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but no more puff pastry for me! I’ll be using cresent rolls from now on.

  59. No comment on the recipe, I’ve not made it yet, but a tip on how to get that “very, very dry spinach.” I use my potato ricer. Put the plate in with the smallest holes in it, add the spinach and squeeze. Driest spinach you’ll ever get out of a frozen package.

  60. I know just by looking at them they are delicious and flakey a perfect football game day treat!

  61. Liz, these look fantastic~! I’m looking forward to giving these a try. Thank you~!!!

  62. I can see these can be addicting!

  63. I know just by looking at them they are delicious and flakey a perfect football game day treat!

  64. Dear Liz, Muenster is a delicious cheese and it pairs so well with spinach. Love the idea of making these Spinach Pinwheels as an appetizer – they look fabulous. Another wonderful and elegant recipe!

  65. I could eat the whole plate of these. They look and sound wonderful!!

  66. The Muenster and spinach taste so good together!

  67. These are my favorites. I love to have these for lunch or just snacking โ€ฆ lol

  68. Although I do love sweets, sometimes the best dessert is something savoury with lots of cheese, right? These cheese and spinach pinwheels look and sound fantastic, and I wouldn’t mind a plate with a glass of wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Muenster is my favorite and I love it with the spinach in these pinwheels.

  70. These were so easy to eat when serving them as finger food. Thanks for a great recipe!

  71. Always have Munster cheese in the fridge, a flavorful and good melting cheese to use in your rollups.ย 

  72. Everyone at my house loved it! Such a big hit!

  73. Everyone at my house loved it! Such a big hit!

  74. These look heavenly, Liz! So true about butter puff pastry vs. those made with oil, makes all the difference! And why do I always forget about muenster cheese? It’s so creamy and delicious!

  75. Could you freeze these after slicing them to be baked later? Thanks. Look yummy! Lorrie

  76. Quick and easy appetizers are just what you need with all of the gatherings coming up. Even better yet, we always have everything except for the cheese on hand. Wishing you a super weekend!

  77. I’m such a fan of Muenster cheese. Have to make these soon. Pinning.

  78. A great post! I love your blog < 3
    I am following you and invite you to me

  79. Puff pastry appetizers always disappear fast. You remind me that I havenโ€™t made them in such a long time. Love this version!

  80. These were such a big hit! Everyone raved!

  81. We’ll gobble anything down that’s made of puff pastry! I’d like to try these with Fontina or Asiago to see how that works. Great recipe Liz! Going to Iowa for a wedding on Wednesday. It’s always nice to return!

  82. While grocery shopping yesterday I picked up a pack of Muenster and Havarti then decided I only needed one of them. The Havarti won out but I will surely buy Muenster to make these. Our grocery store recently started carrying puff pastry in the refrigerated section and I’ve been practicing with it for a while. These pinwheels make for a pretty presentation and would be so nice for brunch.

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