Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels

We’re taking a classic flavor combination of savory turkey and sweet cranberry and transforming it into an elegant, bite-sized appetizer.These turkey cranberry pinwheels are calling your name. It starts with a base of store-bought puff pastry dough, spread with a layer of whipped cream cheese punctuated by a vibrant red cranberry sauce. Thinly sliced turkey deli meat provides a final savory touch before the dough is rolled up into a splendid pinwheel shape. After a short stint in the oven, you’ll have a tray of golden, mouthwatering pinwheels that look almost too good to eat. But with their contrasting flavors and textures – the buttery, flaky dough against the creamy cheese and bursts of tart cranberry – we doubt you’ll be able to resist. So step away from the basic cheese platter this Christmas and wow your guests with these easy yet elegant turkey cranberry pinwheels!

Is cranberry sauce good on turkey?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes and the cranberry sauce is also good on pastry and other dishes such as these pinwheels and brie bites cranberry. In fact, it’s what makes a traditional Thanksgiving complete. Some the Blue Apron‘s meal plans even claim that “No turkey would be complete without a companion of tangy-sweet cranberry sauce.” Also, get my homemade cranberry sauce here. It’s a hit and no refined sugar added!

How to store and reheat puff pastry?

Simply keep them in an airtight container and store in the fridge up to 2-3 days. If keeping for longer, tightly wrap individual pastry in aluminum foil, place in a ziplock or a container, and store in the freezer until ready to eat. I recommend that you finish eating it within a month.

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To reheat, if taking it out from the fridge, you can microwave it for about 20 – 30 seconds. If taking it out of the freezer, bake a foil wrapped pastry in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.

turkey cranberry pinwheels

Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels

Mary Thatcher
We're taking a classic flavor combination of savory turkey and sweet cranberry and transforming it into an elegant, bite-sized appetizer.These turkey cranberry pinwheels are calling your name.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 18 serving
Calories 270 kcal



  • 2 puff pastry sheets store bought or homemade
  • 12-16 oz cream cheese or the whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp milk optional
  • 1 ½ cups cranberry sauce
  • 18 slices Turkey deli meat or leftover turkey
  • 1 egg for egg brush


Make the Cream Cheese Spread
  • spreading cream cheese on pastry dough
    If you use the store bought puff pastry sheet, take it out of the freezer to thaw in the room temperature before hand as well as the cream cheese to soften.
    Beat the cream cheese using a fork or an electronic mixer. Add pure maple syrup to taste and make it easier to spread. Optionally, add 1-2 table spoons of milk too. However, if you use the store bought whipped cream cheese , simply mix with the maple syrup. No need to beat or fluff the cream cheese. It does makes it easier.
Spread and Add the Filling
  • cranberry sauce on pastry
    Dust the working surface with some flour. Roll the pastry dough out. Spread the whipped cream cheese on the pastry sheet. Then spread the cranberry sauce over the cream cheese.
  • deli turkey in turkey cranberry pinwheels
    Arrange the deli turkey slices to cover the cream cheese and cranberry sauce. Then roll the dough as tight as you can into a log.
Cut, Brush, Chill, Bake, and Enjoy!
  • cutting turkey cranberry pinwheels
    Cut the rolled pastry into pinwheels about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Beat and egg and brush it over the pastry.
  • Chill the pastry in the fridge or the freezer for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • turkey cranberry pinwheels
    Bake the pinwheels for about 20 -25 minutes or until golden brown. I suggest that you start checking to see the browning starts happening after the first 15 minutes as not all oven are made equal, it but took my oven 25 minutes for pastries that have more wet fillings. They also taste better cold. Enjoy!


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 228mgPotassium: 75mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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