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Pumpkin Crescent Pinwheel Appetizers

With a savory filling of pumpkin, cream cheese, bacon, and sage, these pumpkin crescent pinwheel appetizers are always a hit when it’s time to party.

A orange platter piled high with pumpkin crescent pinwheel appetizers.

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In keeping with the theme of the season, I thought pumpkin and sage would be a lovely combination to wrap in everyone’s favorite appetizer helper… store-bought crescent roll dough.

Add to that some bacon and cream cheese and you have a savory pumpkin appetizer that is sure to wow any party crowd.

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The ingredient list:

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How long will it take to make these easy pumpkin appetizers from start to finish?

Since it’s easier to cut these pinwheels into rounds, putting the filled dough logs into the freezer for at least 20 minutes is always a smart way to go.

From start to finish (freeze and bake time included) it will take approximately 60 minutes.

Can the savory pumpkin filling be made ahead?

Yes! Most definitely!

You can make the pumpkin filling up to 3 days in advance of making the pinwheels and then keep in in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to make the pumpkin crescent pinwheels.

How long can the filled pinwheel logs remain in the freezer before baking?

If you’d like to keep the frozen, filled logs in the freezer this can be done easily by partially freezing the logs so they become firm.

Once firm, wrap the unbaked logs with clingwrap and then return the frozen logs back to the freezer for up to 2 months.

When you’re ready to bake, unwrap the frozen logs, slice into 1/2″ pinwheels, and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven as instructed.

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Can the bacon be omitted from this recipe if needed?

Yes! Just carry on without it like it was never a part of the recipe.

Can store-bought pre-cooked bacon, or bacon bits, be used instead of cooking bacon at home?

Yes! Save yourself some time by taking all the shortcuts you need.

Does fresh sage need to be used or will dry work just as well?

Personally, I tend to like fresh sage better in this recipe.

Using dry will work, but if you do use dry make sure to cut back on the amount used (perhaps to 1 teaspoon, and always sample the filling first), as dry herbs are always more intense in flavor than fresh.

What about the red pepper flakes? Can those be left out, or can I add more if I want?

You can always use more if you tend to be a fan of spice and heat.

That said, you can also leave them out if you prefer. I didn’t add much to the recipe so the heat level in these pumpkin crescent pinwheels is mild with only a slight touch of heat at the end.

How to make easy pumpkin crescent pinwheel appetizers:

  • Assemble the ingredients: precooked bacon, softened cream cheese, pumpkin puree, pop tube crescent rolls, sage, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, black pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
  • In a large bowl, stir all the ingredients (except the crescent rolls) together until creamy.
  • Unroll the crescent rolls from the tubes and press the triangles together at the seams to form small rectangles.
  • Spread the filling evenly over the dough rectangles.
  • Gently roll the crescent rolls, widthwise, making sure the seam remains on the bottom.
  • Place the filled rolls into the freezer for at least 20 minutes before slicing and baking.
  • Place the sliced pumpkin crescent pinwheels on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature.
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How many savory pumpkin appetizers will this recipe make?

This recipe as written makes 48 pumpkin crescent pinwheels.

If you don’t need that many, this recipe can easily be divided in half. Or if you need more, this recipe can be easily doubled or even tripled.

Should you have any questions, please contact me.

Additional easy crescent roll recipes:

*Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

Easy Bratwurst Bites Wrapped in Crescent Dough with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce are just the thing to serve during a party or for tailgating. They’re also super simple to make and everybody loves them!” 

Crescent Wrapped Bratwurst Bites with Sauerkraut Dipping Sauce

*Iced Pumpkin Danish from Savvy Saving Couple

*Easy Coconut Caramel Crescent Ring (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

This Coconut Caramel Crescent Ring is super simple to make and uses everybody’s favorite store-bought canned crescent rolls.

A vertical image of a coconut crescent ring with a red poinsettia in the background.

*Pepperoni Cheese Pizza Bombs from Sizzling Eats

*Crescent Roll and Hash Brown Breakfast Pizza (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

Make this Sunny Side Up Hash Brown Breakfast Pizza for breakfast, brunch or even dinner. Whichever you choose, it’s always a winner!

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*Crescent Chicken Squares from Life Currents

*Pumpkin Crescent Pinwheel Appetizers (pictured below) This is the place!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s savory pumpkin pinwheel appetizers.

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Yield: 48

Pumpkin Crescent Pinwheel Appetizers

Pumpkin Crescent Pinwheel Appetizers

Light and flaky appetizer pinwheels filled with pumpkin, cream cheese, bacon, and sage filling.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled.
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage 
  • 2 cans large crescent rolls 
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients (except for the crescent dough) and stir until smooth and creamy.
  2. Open the crescent dough and press the triangles together (two each) to form small rectangles.
  3. Divide the pumpkin cream cheese mixture evenly between the crescent rectangles and spread the mixture evenly over each.
  4. Evenly roll each pumpkin crescent dough into pinwheels, widthwise, making sure the seam remains on the bottom.
  5. Place the logs in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm.
  6. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  7. Once firm, slice the crescent pumpkin pinwheel logs into ½" slices and place the slices on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  8. Bake the pinwheels in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until they're golden brown.
  9. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Notes

Store the baked pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To reheat, place on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven or toaster oven for 5-7 minutes for maximum crispness.

Reheating in a microwave will not crisp the crescent rolls.

Nutrition Information

Yield

48

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 87Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 16mgSodium 221mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 4g

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Micki

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

Oh yum! Savory appetizers are my absolute favorite, and I never thought to pair pumpkin and cream cheese, but it's so good!

Renée

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

Thanks, Micki! Glad you like them!

Jacque Hastert

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

Fall= football season and that means delicious appetizers like this! I can't wait to make these and bring them along to our watch party on Sunday!

Renée

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

They'll be a big hit for you, Jacque! Enjoy!!

Debi

Monday 17th of September 2018

Can the pumpkin pinwheels be made in advance & frozen for a couple of weeks?

Renée

Monday 17th of September 2018

Hi, Debi! Great question! I would suggest that you put them together up until to slicing and baking part. Wrap the log and freeze. When you're ready to serve, I'd partially thaw, slice, and bake. If they're still a little frozen, the bake time may be a few extra minutes, but other than that, everything should be good. I hope this helps. Enjoy!! Renee

01VanillaBean01

Sunday 1st of December 2013

I think I would have passed on the turkey just to fill up on these. An entire pound of bacon is what caught my eye as much as the pumpkin filling!

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