Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Tomorrow is back to school for my kids. I have mixed emotions. I love the lazy days of summer, the smell of sunblock and the impromptu playdates with friends without homework and lessons getting in the way. BUT…I am two weeks away from having a baby so it will be nice to get some things in order while they’re at school. I’m just dreading our 6:45 am wake up call. I am SO not a morning person.

I try to make the first day of school special complete with little notes in my kids lunches. I remember being anxious for my first day when I was little and I just want them to know that I’m here waiting for them at the end of the day no matter what happens to give them love and hear about their day. A nice way of making the day special is to have a “Back to School Dinner Party” for your kids where you can talk about the first day happenings. Hold up now…I’m definitely not one of those Pinterest super crafty moms but I am a BIG believer in family dinner. It doesn’t have to be fancy but just a way to bring the family together.

My friends and I have put together some kid friendly foods for a special meal for the whole family.

Back to School Dinner Party with Pillsbury

I made these Ham and Cheese Pinwheels because what kid doesn’t love ham and cheese. Inside is a mustard/mayo/horseradish sauce. I know that sounds crazy but even my kids who hate mustard and anything spicy loved them. The horseradish just gives it flavor which is never a bad thing. I tried it first with pizza dough but the crescent dough ended up being the better option – a little easier to roll and a fluffier texture.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Prep Time
22 hrs 1 min
Cook Time
22 hrs 1 min
  • 8 ounce package Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • optional 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish (my kids couldn't tell this was in there but it gives it a kick of flavor)
  • 6 ounces of sliced deli ham
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Unroll crescent dough onto cookie sheet and press the perforations together to seal them.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, and horseradish. Brush over crescent dough in an even layer.
  4. Layer the ham on top evenly.
  5. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly on top.
  6. Beginning with the longest edge, roll up the filling and dough.
  7. Slice with a sharp knife into 1/2 inch slices. For even easier cutting, place the roll in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up before slicing.
  8. Place slices on the cookie sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool for a minute then enjoy. My kids liked dipping their pinwheels in ranch!
Recipe Notes
Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything


Here’s the full Back to School Party menu for ya. We’ve got appetizers, side, main dish, and dessert covered. Check it out:

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels by The Girl Who Ate Everything

Appetizer – Ham and Cheese Pinwheels by The Girl Who Ate Everything

Honey Pecan Baked Brie Dip with Pie Crust Dippers by Something Swanky

Appetizer – Honey Pecan Baked Brie Dip with Pie Crust Dippers by Something Swanky

Green Bean and Gouda Crescent Bundles by Taste and Tell

Side Dish – Green Bean and Gouda Crescent Bundles by Taste and Tell

Chicken Enchilada Pillows from Chef in Training

Main Dish – Chicken Enchilada Pillows by Chef in Training

Spaghetti Stuffed Calzones from Sweet Treats and More

Main Dish – Spaghetti Stuffed Calzones by Sweet Treats and More

Bomb Diggity Brownies from Sweet Basil

Dessert – Bomb Diggity Brownies by Sweet Basil

Peanut Butter Butterfinger Pie by Inside BruCrew Life

Dessert – Peanut Butter Butterfinger Pie by Inside BruCrew Life

Speak Your Mind



  1. This looks delicious, yum! 😀 And super easy.

  2. These are just to adorable!!!! I love pinwheels and yours look so light, fluffy and cheesy!! Yum!

  3. The pinwheels look great! I always like to cook something special for breakfast for my kids’ first day of school, and these pinwheels may be just the thing! Thanks for posting.

  4. Love the idea of mixing the mayonnaise, mustard, and horseradish!

  5. Yum! I make ham and cheese pinwheels every Christmas except I use puff pastry. My daughter can’t wait for them every year! love your site:)

  6. These will be great for an after school snack! Goodness, the summer just flew by….

  7. Perfect back to school recipe!! Jon David started back this morning — mixed emotions for sure, but I am enjoying the quiet. For now 🙂

  8. This sounds great. We might do this for a baby shower this weekend, instead of mini quiches. Do you know how many pinwheels you can get out of one pkg crescent rolls?

  9. These are awesome! I can’t wait to make them!

  10. Now here’s something different that I must try! I would probably eat the whole batch.

  11. These look so good! I will have to make them for my daughters bento lunches!

  12. Those look so good! So simple too.

  13. Oh, I like the idea of mixing the mayo, mustard, and horseradish with the ham and cheese! My kids would eat these up in no time at all. I have to admit I am enjoying every bit of peace and quiet with my kids back in school 🙂

  14. Yum! These would be wonderful as a sunday football snack!

  15. Those look absolutely delicious.

  16. These look so easy and yummy. If I make them in the morning to pack for their lunch will it still be safe to consume?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I’m not an expert on food handling safety. They do have mayo in them so they should be kept cold if not eaten right away.

  17. Just made these for Super Bowl Sunday breakfast… YUM!! Didn’t have mayo so I used cream cheese and dijon mustard for the spread. I rolled them up short side to make them bigger, baked longer on a slightly lower temp. These things were so dang good and so easy to make!! Thanks The Girl Who Ate Everything!!

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  26. Have you ever tried freezing these? Thinking of trying these for my kids school lunches but I’m wondering if I make a couple of batches if I could toss in the freezer for future use?