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Christmas Tree and Holiday Ornament Pinwheels

11/27/2017 11:00AM ● Published by Lana Granfors

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December 2017
By Lana Granfors
Photo by Kara Stewart

There’s nothing like great appetizers to get your Christmas party started! You and your guests will enjoy these creamy appetizers – you, because they are ridiculously easy, and your guests, well, because they are delicious. These recipes use both green and red wraps: green for the Tree Pinwheels and red for the Ornament Pinwheels.

Best things in life are shared, so share these with family and friends. It’s pretty much the only appetizer you will need this holiday season! Merry Christmas!


Serves: 24-36, 

depending on tortilla size


Prep time: 20 minutes

Refrigerate: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes


Christmas Tree Pinwheel Ingredients

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1 cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained 
and diced

1⁄4 cup chopped ripe olives

1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1⁄4 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1⁄4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

4 green flour tortillas (8-10 inches in diameter)

24 – 36 small green olives with pimentos


Holiday Ornament Pinwheel Ingredients

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1 cup dried sweet cranberries, roughly chopped

1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1⁄3 cup chopped green onion

1 tsp. minced fresh garlic

1⁄2 tsp. black pepper 

4 red flour tortillas (8-10 inches in diameter)


Christmas Tree Pinwheel Directions

STEP 1: In medium bowl, mix the cream cheese by hand or with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the sundried tomatoes, chopped olives, basil and cheeses and mix until smooth and blended. Divide this mixture among tortillas, spreading to edges of tortillas. Roll up tightly. Leave round in shape if preferred, or for this presentation, press each tortilla roll into a triangle shape.Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but no more than 24 hours.

STEP 2: When ready to serve, cut about 1⁄2-1 inch off each end, and the remainder into 1⁄2-inch slices. Place one of the green olives at the bottom of a triangle and add toothpick to secure. Use green and red toothpicks, if you can find them, for a more festive presentation.


Holiday Ornament Pinwheel Directions

STEP 1: In medium bowl, mix the cream cheese by hand or with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the cranberries, feta, green onion, garlic and pepper and mix until smooth and blended. Divide this mixture among tortillas, spreading to edges of tortillas. Roll up tightly. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours, but no more than 24 hours.

STEP 2: When ready to serve, cut about 1⁄2-1 inch off each end, and the remainder into 1⁄2-inch slices. Use toothpicks to secure them. And if you can find them, use green or red, as they make for a more festive presentation.


Food+Dining, In Print Christmas Tree and Holiday Ornament Pinwheels
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