Sausage Pinwheels Recipe (Made With Just Two Ingredients)

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This is probably one of the easiest recipes you could whip up. Made with just two ingredients, these flavorful sausage pinwheels are perfect for breakfast, game day, appetizers, or just a good hearty snack.

Stack of sausage pinwheels.

Now, when I say this is one of the easiest recipes to make, I mean it. See, these easy sausage pinwheels are made using just two ingredients: breakfast sausage and a can of crescent rolls. All you have to do is roll out the dough, add the sausage, cut it into appetizer-sized pieces and bake in the oven. 15 minutes later, your crispy sausage pinwheels are ready to eat!

When I have taken these to parties people have hemmed and hawed about how good they look and taste. Those that have made them though, know the secret (that it only takes two ingredients to make them).

The best part is, this sausage pinwheels recipe is so versatile you can easily add more ingredients. Sprinkle the sausage with your favorite seasoning, top with some shredded cheddar cheese, or add some heat with a can of diced green chilis.

If you’re looking for more amazing appetizer recipes to make for the next game day, check these out: cranberry orange meatballs, stuffed zucchini boats, Southern salmon patties, and Chipotle copycat guacamole.

If you want to hop right to the recipe, just scroll down to the recipe card. But if you want to see the step-by-step instructions for this sausage pinwheel recipe just scroll a little slower to see how easy it is to make these beauties.


Recipe Ingredients 

You’ll need

  • An 8-ounce can of crescent rolls
  • About a 1/2 pound of breakfast sausage

How to Make Sausage Pinwheels

Roll out dough.

Roll out your crescent roll dough onto a lightly greased surface.

Press dough seams together.

Press the seams together to seal them.

Spread sausage onto dough.

Spread sausage over the dough, leaving about 1/2 inch edge all around.

Roll up dough.

Roll that up as if you’re making cinnamon rolls, pressing the roll together a bit as you do so.

Cut dough into even slices with knife.

Cut it into about 12 slices.

Some folks swear by using dental floss or thread to cut these slices but I’ve honestly just never seen a problem with using a knife and that seems the simplest solution to me.

Pinwheels on baking tray.

Grease or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then place sausage roll slices about an inch or so apart and bake at 350 for 15 to 17 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cooked pinwheels on baking tray.

Now it can’t get much easier than that y’all…ENJOY!

Sausage pinwheels on wooden board..


  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. To reheat, bake them again for about five minutes.
  • You can also store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. Once thawed, reheat them in the oven.

Recipe Notes

  • Add your favorite seasonings to this recipe, like onion powder, oregano, or garlic powder.
  • Add finely diced red pepper for crunch or green onion for flavor.
  • Opt for Italian seasoning and then serve your pinwheels with a marinara dipping sauce. You could also go one step further and use Italian pork sausage too.
  • If you need more heat, add a can of diced green chilis to the sausage mixture and opt for a spicy sausage.
  • You can sprinkle a cup of shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese over the turkey sausage before rolling. Alternatively, mix the sausage with softened cream cheese (8-ounce packet) before spreading it onto the dough.
  • Instead of the crescent dough, you can use a sheet of puff pastry and follow the same instructions.

Broken sausage pinwheel.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make the pinwheels in advance?

Yes, you can make the dough up to a day in advance and place the cut pieces in the fridge. When it’s time to cook, simply put them on the baking tray and follow the cooking instructions. You could also store the baked and cooled pinwheels in the fridge and then reheat in the oven.

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Sausage pinwheels on wooden board.

Sausage Pinwheels

This is probably one of the easiest recipes you could whip up. Made with just two ingredients, these flavorful sausage pinwheels are perfect for breakfast, game day, appetizers, or just a good hearty snack.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Game Day
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sausage
Servings: 12
Calories: 206kcal


  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1/2 pound roll turkey or your favorite breakfast sausage mild or hot


  • Roll out crescent roll dough onto a lightly greased surface (I use a baking sheet or cutting board). Press seams together.
    1 can crescent rolls
  • Spread sausage with a knife all over the top of the dough, leaving about a 1/2-inch of space free on the edges all around.
    1/2 pound roll turkey or your favorite breakfast sausage
  • Roll up dough cinnamon roll-style, pressing together as you do so.
  • Cut into 12 slices. Place on a greased baking sheet, about an inch apart to allow for expanding, and bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.


Calories: 206kcal
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  1. I have made “Sausage Swirls” for decades, only my recipe also includes a thin layer of mustard spread over the sausage layer. I use Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard for this. I use the crescent roll sheet dough, which makes less work. I divide it into four rectangles, spread the sausage and mustard on each, then roll each from the long side. I cut each log into 12 small swirls. This makes bite size portions, which are great for serving as an appetizer. Our family and friends gobble them up faster than I can bake them!

  2. 4 stars
    i dont think you know what the phrase “hemmed and hawed” means. you used it as if you think it means people raved about your pinwheels, but thats not what it means. good recipe tho!

  3. These look so good! Going to try these in a couple of days. Do they freeze well? Thanks for all your recipes and Scriptures! They are wonderful, and so are you.

  4. As far as I know we can’t get Pillsbury dough in Australia…there are so many delicious recipes that use it and I can’t make any of them….very disappointing! Any suggestions what how I could make my own in a thermomix?

    1. LMD, I have no idea what a thermomix is! But I’ll bet you have some kind of refrigerated or frozen –
      ready-made – bread dough of some kind. If you’ve read all the comments, you’ll know that some people have used biscuit (not bread, not cookie) dough or even homemade biscuit dough, so it’s adaptable. Keep the layer of sausage thin, and you should have no problem cookie the combination without burning the bread part.

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