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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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!"

MY REVIEW 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"

ladyluckXIII User ID: 973558 16158
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"I don't like olives and substitued green onions instead. They were delicious!!"

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