These Raspberry Pinwheels are made with premade dough and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. And the best part about these easy pinwheels is that you only need six ingredients to make them!
When you combine raspberries with cream cheese inside a delicious pie crust, you have an amazing treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Roll them up into a fun pinwheel shape to create these adorable pastry pinwheels for your next get-together.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- So easy to make and delicious!
- Perfect served for breakfast, snack or dessert.
- These make a beautiful presentation and will impress your family or guests.
- Budget friendly recipe.
Whether you are searching for a delicious brunch treat or a simple, bite-sized dessert, you can’t go wrong with pinwheel pastries.
See printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.
To make these easy pinwheels, you’ll need:
- Pie Crust - A premade pie crust is a time saver but you can use a homemade pie crust if you prefer.
- Cream Cheese - Use softened cream cheese to make it easier to mix and to prevent lumps.
- Sugar - Regular granulated sugar provides extra sweetness to the pinwheels.
- Raspberry Preserves - You will need ¼ cup of your favorite Raspberry preserves.
- Vanilla Extract - For best flavor use pure vanilla extract.
- Powdered Sugar - A dusting of powdered sugar is added as topping for pinwheels.
How To make Raspberry Pinwheels
Turning premade pie crust into beautiful pinwheel pastries is easier than you think! In fact, you can make these fun bite-sized treats in just a few simple steps.
Start by preparing your pie crust dough. If you’re using store-bought crust, make sure to allow the crust to sit at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes to help soften the dough. After that, you can unroll and flatten the dough to get it ready for your filling.
Once your dough is ready to go, it’s time to make the filling. Start by combining the cream cheese, sugar, raspberry preserves and vanilla extract in a small bowl. To make the mixture easier to stir, use softened cream cheese.
After mixing the filling ingredients, spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of your pie crust in a thin, even layer. Make sure to cover the entire crust with the filling.
Roll the dough up over the top of the filling into a log shape. As you roll, try not to push or squeeze the dough to keep the filling from coming out the edges. Once the dough is rolled up, wrap the entire log in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.
When you’re ready to start baking, preheat your oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper to keep your pinwheels from sticking to the pan as they bake.
Use a sharp knife to slice the log into 1/2-inch pieces. Place each piece on your baking sheet and bake them in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
Dust the top of your pinwheels with powdered sugar before serving them. You can serve your raspberry pinwheels immediately.
How To Store Pinwheels
Since these sweet pastries are made with a cream cheese filling, any leftovers you have need to be refrigerated. Allow your pastries to cool completely, then transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and place in refrigerator. Once refrigerated, your pinwheels will stay good for up to four days.
Since these raspberry pinwheels are so simple to make, you can easily adjust the recipe depending on what you have on hand. Try these recipe ideas to create a delicious treat for your next get-together.
- Use homemade pie crust. Making these mini pastries with store bought crust helps cut down on the prep work of these pinwheels. But you can also use a homemade pie crust to prepare these little treats.
- Use puff pastry dough. Making your pinwheels with pie crust will result in a crispy pastry treat. If you want a Danish that is lighter and fluffier, you can substitute puff pastry dough for the pie crust dough in this recipe. Make sure to roll out the puff pastry dough until it’s around 1/8th inch thick to give it the same thickness as pie crust to ensure your pinwheels are the perfect size for snacking.
- Try different preserves. You’ll love the tart flavor raspberry preserves bring to these pastries. But if you don’t have raspberry preserves on hand, you can use any flavor you want! Try mixing in some strawberry, blackberry, or apricot preserves in place of the raspberry preserves in this recipe.
- Add some lemon. Help balance the sweetness of the preserves in your cream cheese filling with a little bit of lemon. Add a small amount of lemon zest to the cream cheese. Or substitute lemon extract for the vanilla extract to add even more lemon flavor.
- Top with a glaze. Powdered sugar is a quick and easy way to decorate your pastries. But if you have a little more time on your hands, you can also top your pinwheels with a simple glaze. Combine one cup of powdered sugar with one tablespoon milk or heavy cream to create a quick and easy glaze topping that’s perfect for pastries. Transfer the glaze to a piping bag and drizzle it over the top of each treat. After that, all you have to do is give the glaze time to set and harden before serving your pinwheels.
I hope you enjoy these easy Raspberry Pinwheels! If you try this recipe, please come back and rate it and leave me a comment below. I love to hear from you!
- 1 premade pie crust
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup raspberry preserves
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar for topping (optional)
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, sugar, raspberry preserves, and vanilla extract. Stir to mix the ingredients until smooth.
- Unroll the pie crust on a flat surface. Use a spatula to spread the cream cheese mixture in a thin layer over the entire crust.
- Starting at one end, roll up the crust into a log shape, then wrap the dough with plastic wrap. Chill the crust for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
- When you’re ready to start baking, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove the plastic wrap from the rolled up dough and cut the log into ½ inch slices. Place the pinwheel slices on the lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the pie crust begins to brown.
- Allow to the pastries to cool to room temperature, then top with powdered sugar before serving.