These easy Ham and Cheese Pinwheels take just five minutes and three ingredients to make and are perfect for snacks and lunch boxes. 

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

I grew up eating a version of these that my mom folded into a genuine-looking pinwheels (I shared the how-to over on Mom to Mom Nutrition). I also shared how to make them on Instagram Stories one day and didn’t think much of it.

Until my friend Robin (of Robin’s Bite) made them, raved, and shared them on Instagram too. “Hands down, this is my family’s favorite snack,” she messaged me. “And it’s my most commented-on Instagram Story ever!”

So I figured I was practically obligated to share them here, in case they’re a hit with your family too.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

My kids love these hot for weekend lunches and cold in lunch boxes. Trouble is, the pretty pinwheel shape I was making didn’t fit in their bento boxes.

So I tried a new tactic and now they work beautifully in their EasyLunchboxes, Bentgo Fresh box, and PlanetBox (that’s the one pictured above). And they’re just as simple and quick to make.

How to make Ham and Cheese Pinwheels:

Open the package of crescent roll dough. I like the Annie’s brand which, unlike some others, doesn’t contain hydrogenated oils or synthetic colors.

Annie's Crescent Rolls

Place the rectangles together to form one big rectangle and press the perforated edges together to seal. Layer on the ham and cheese and roll up, starting at one of the short ends.

How to Make Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Using a serrated knife, carefully cut into slices. I cut mine into eight pieces.

How to Make Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat to prevent sticking. They will spread a little bit while baking, so space them apart.

How to Make Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees F until golden brown and melty.

How to Make Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Remove to a cooling rack and serve warm. Or cool and refrigerate in an airtight container. Use within 3-4 days. (But good luck keeping them around that long!)

How to Make Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

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Other riffs you can try:

  • Pepperoni & provolone
  • Turkey & cheddar
  • Pesto & chicken
  • Thinly-sliced mushrooms and Swiss

Easy Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

These easy Ham and Cheese Pinwheels take just five minutes to prep and are perfect for snacks and lunch boxes.

Ingredients

  • 1
    can
    refrigerated crescent rolls
    I like Annie’s brand.
  • 8
    slices
    deli ham
    May need more or less, depending on size of slices.
  • 8
    slices
    swiss cheese
    May need more or less, depending on size of slices.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Open package of crescent rolls and unroll onto a baking sheet or cutting board, placing the four rectangle pieces together to form one big rectangle. Pinch the perforated edges closed to seal.

  3. Layer on slices of ham to cover entire surface area. Cover ham slices with cheese.

  4. Starting at short end, roll tightly, jellyroll fashion. Slice carefully with a serrated knife into 8 even slices.

  5. Place slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat. They will spread while baking, so space them with some room between. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and melty.

  6. Remove to a cooling rack and serve while warm or refrigerate after cool in an airtight container. Use within 3-4 days.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

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