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Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels

These three-ingredient Cream Cheese Sausage Pinwheels are so easy and so delicious.  This savory, cheesy, tangy recipe is so versatile and is perfect as an appetizer, party food, or brunch dish. 

two sausage pinwheels on a white plate

James and I went to a party a year or so ago and they served this sausage and cream cheese breakfast casserole that was amazing. When I asked for the recipe, I couldn’t believe it was only three simple ingredients!

These Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels are a play on that breakfast casserole.  One thing I love about this recipe, aside from it being SO easy, is that it is also so versatile.  You can bake it up as a casserole dish (like my Breakfast Cheesecake), in little cups (like my Pumpkin Cheesecake Rolls), or shape them into rounds like I did this time.

two sausage cream cheese crescent rolls on a baking tray

What’s Needed for Sausage Pinwheels? 

Like I mentioned above, these sausage and cream cheese crescent roll pinwheels require just three simple ingredients: 

  • Pillsbury® Crescent Dough Sheet 
  • Jimmy Dean® Fresh Roll Sausage
  • Cream cheese 

How to Make Sausage Pinwheels 

  1. Brown the sausage, then drain any excess fat. 
  2. Add the cream cheese to the cooked sausage and stir to combine. 
  3. Unroll the seamless dough and spread the meat mixture over top. 
  4. Roll the dough into a log shape, then slice into pinwheels. 
  5. Bake until the sausage cream cheese pinwheels are golden brown. 

Can I Prep This Sausage Appetizer in Advance? 

Yes! These Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels are perfect for a crowd and can be made ahead of time. Make individual servings as an appetizer, or leave it all as one and serve for brunch as a breakfast casserole!

Can I Freeze Sausage Pinwheels? 

I’ve never tried freezing these sausage and cream cheese pinwheels before, but I’m not sure if that would work. I worry that the cream cheese would separate once frozen.

two sausage cream cheese pinwheels on a white plate

Tips for Making Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels

  • My family likes heat, so I make this sausage cream cheese crescent roll pinwheel recipe most often with spicy sausage. 
  • Be sure to use the kind of cream cheese that’s sold in a block. It’s firmer and creamier than the kind in a tub. 
  • Make sure to buy refrigerated dough that doesn’t have any seams, otherwise your filling will leak out in the oven. 

More Easy Appetizers: 

These three ingredient Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels are so easy and so delicious.  This savory, cheesy, tangy recipe is so versatile and is perfect as an appetizer, party food, or brunch dish.

Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels

4.15 from 14 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 pinwheels
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Emily Grace


  • 1 tube seamless dough
  • 1 roll Jimmy Dean® Fresh Roll Sausage
  • 8 oz cream cheese


  • Fully cook the sausage until brown and crumbly.  Drain and return to the pan.
  • Combine the cream cheese with the meat over low heat until just incorporated.  Allow the mixture to cool slightly.  
  • Preheat the oven according to the package of seamless dough.  (350 or 375 depending on the pan you use.)
  • Unroll the seamless dough and spread the cooled meat mixture.
  • Roll the dough into a log shape and slice into eight equal pinwheels.
  • Place the pinwheels on a baking sheet (or pan of choice) and bake for 10-13 minutes, until pinwheels are golden brown.


Serving: 1pinwheels | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 673mg | Potassium: 178mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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Recipe Rating


Saturday 15th of January 2022

I've been making these for over 20 years and have frozen them without a problem. Assemble the roll and cover with wax paper and freeze. Cut prior to baking.


Monday 14th of December 2020

I add fresh diced jalapeños to mine. Make sure all seeds and membrane are out of the pepper. It gives it just a little heat.


Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Turned out great and thank you once again! On the second roll I wanted to experiment a little so I sprinkled a pinch of garlic and a little cheddar and then topped them with some Finley chopped chives and we loved it , too. I live with a couple of meet loving and snack obsessed boys,(I need a daughter or estrogen in the mix)so thanks and keep them coming! We are also big football tailgating fans so,I brought these which were were a huge hit and are heavily requested on early game days especially.


Thursday 6th of December 2018

This looks great and super easy. My kind of recipe. Will be adding it to my next recipe rotation to try out! Thank you!!


Sunday 16th of September 2018

Could you roll these up and freeze them for a few days before you cook them??

Jaimie Krause

Sunday 16th of December 2018

I’ve frozen the rolls before and it works just fine!

Emily Grace

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Hi Mary, I've never tried that. I'm worried the cream cheese may not freeze well?

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