Cherry Cheesecake Pinwheels – a simple pinwheel-shaped puff pastry crust with a cheesecake center topped with canned pie cherry filling. A simply decadent dessert that can be ready in under 30 minutes.Are you looking for a deliciously easy dessert to share with your loves on Valentine’s? These Cherry Cheesecake Pinwheels are super easy to make and taste amazing. They only have a handful of ingredients (which you may already have on hand) and can be ready in under 30 minutes. They’re filled with a sweet cream cheese mixture and topped with easy, store-bought cherry pie filling. Beautifully decadent desserts can also be simple and simply delicious!
Looking for more decadent desserts that are also simple and easy to make?You may also like these recipes:
- 3-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
- Classic Eclairs
- 5-Minute Cherry Cheesecake
- Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Cake
- Sweet Strawberry Cream Cheese Croissants
What will I need to make these cherry cheesecake pinwheel pastries?There are only 5 ingredients in this recipe. One of the reasons I love this recipe is that I usually have all the ingredients on hand (hit and miss with frozen puff pastry). This recipe is what I’d consider a “semi-homemade” dessert. Most of the ingredients are store-bought but when you bring them all together, it turns into the beautiful, delicious, sharable dessert. Here are the 5 ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Frozen puff pastry dough
- Cream cheese
- Cherry pie filling
- Egg (for egg wash-so really it’s more like a 4-ingredient dessert 🙂 )
How do you make the puff pastry look like a pinwheel?This step is surprisingly easy. It takes 3 steps to make the puff pastry into the pinwheel shape. Step 1, cut the frozen puff pastry dough into squares (9 squares per sheet). Step 2, one piece at a time, cut each corner about 1 to 1 1/2 inches toward the center. Don’t cut all the way to the center or your pinwheel won’t have anywhere to hold the cheesecake filling or cherries. Step 3, fold each corner to the bottom of the cut above itself. (This is where the pinwheel diagram is really helpful). Hopefully, that makes sense. If you were making a pinwheel from a piece of paper you’d cut the corners almost to the middle then take each point and fold it into the center and pin it. We need to make a little “pocket” for the sweet goodies to go, that’s why you’ll only want to cut part of the way up the corner.
Not a fan of cherries or cherry pie filling?If you don’t like cherries or cherry pie filling you can make this recipe using your favorite kind of pie filling in place of the cherry pie filling. Other fillings and flavors that would be delicious and just as easy would be:
These delicious pastries are great for more than just Valentine’s day!
- Christmas – cherry or red raspberry
- Thanksgiving – any (pumpkin would be delicious but I’m not sure how well a puree would do on these)
- 4th of July – cherry and blueberry (it would be so pretty with red, white and blue)
- Summer party – lemon!!!
- Fall – APPLE and peach!
- 1 box frozen puff pastry dough 2 sheets
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 2 Tbs sugar
- 1 egg beaten +1 tsp water
- cherry pie filling
- In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar. Place mixture in a ziploc bag, cut 1/4-1/2 inch hole in the corner.
- For egg wash, in a small bowl, add 1 tsp water with the beaten egg. Set aside until ready to use.
- Roll out and cut each sheet into squares (9 squares per sheet). Cut 1 to 1 1/2 inch up each corner at 45 angle. Brush with egg wash. This will leave the middle uncut. Then fold bottom corner point to the bottom of the cut directly above the corner you are folding. (see diagram).
- Pinwheel design | Kitchen Cents
- Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place about 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture in center of dough. Top with a large teaspoonful of pie filling.
- Bake at 400'F for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
To play it safe, I bake 9 pinwheels at a time.