Christmas Party Pinwheels Recipe
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Christmas Party Pinwheels Recipe

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'Tis the season for easy make-ahead appetizers like these. They look so special and pretty that folks can't resist them! The refreshing flavor of ranch dressing and crisp colorful vegetables makes these pinwheels a pleasure to serve. —Janis Plourde, Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:15-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 15-20 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (.4 ounces) ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 cup minced sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
  • 3 to 4 flour tortillas (10 inches)

Nutritional Facts

4 each: 80 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and dressing mix until smooth. Add red pepper, celery, onions and olives; mix well. Spread about 3/4 cup on each tortilla. Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 1/2-in. slices. Yield: 15-20 servings.
Originally published as Christmas Party Pinwheels in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p33

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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MIRA User ID: 8440706 260076
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2017

"Wonderful recipe! As many others said my family does not like olives so I omitted. I also added cheddar cheese, Tabasco, and then mixed as per the recipe. When I had spread this I topped it with 1 & 1/2 slices of thin sliced black forest ham and several leaves of hydroponic lettuce. Took these to a party and everyone raved over them. I doubled the recipe and it make 13 10-inch tortillas. TIP: cut the curved part off of three sides of the tortillas before applying spread. It makes these easier to roll and you are going to cut off that part anyway later."

tcarver User ID: 5663692 40217
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"This was terrific. I added a jalapeno for some spice to half of the pinwheels. Both were great."

dmv60 User ID: 4942727 15212
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"Its festive looking and vegetarian!"

[email protected] User ID: 175508 27215
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"easy to make and so delicious. They disappear quickly!"

Auntiebetty User ID: 939902 15210
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"The second time I made these, I added a thin slice of boiled ham after spreading on the cheese mixture then continued with the recipe. Granted, it no longer vegetarian, but it's good."

kmatt User ID: 3314945 201657
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"This recipes is always a hit even when like tonight...I just realized I forgot the olives and I still got 3 requests for the recipe!"

mnccaleb User ID: 4255057 15704
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"These are so good!! I always get compliments and rave reviews on these when I bring them anywhere."

mhs4475 User ID: 5652352 36426
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"Loved it! The first time I made it for a party, I was asked for the recipe by two people. One comment re: ranch dressing mix... What is point 4 (.4) ounces? I used one package which is one (1.0) ounce. Followed recipe exactly. Rave reviews."

tjreese User ID: 4058610 9703
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"sorry about the spelling ~ "tortillas"!"

tjreese User ID: 4058610 12514
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"Loved recipe as submitted. Some family members aren't fans of flour totillas though, so used thin sliced ham. Tastey, but not nearly as pretty - I prefer the original idea ~ thanks for the recipe"

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