Blue Cheese, Cherry and Pistachio Crescent Pinwheel Bites Recipe

‘Tis the season for celebrating with family, friends and festive food! Get every party off to a tasteful start with our Blue Cheese, Cherry & Pistachio Crescent Bites, the perfect-sized bite of holiday bliss. Served warm from the oven and drizzled with honey, these easy appetizers are a sweet-savory sensation that will have guests clearing the serving platter in a wink.

Blue Cheese Crescent Dough Pinwheels

Refrigerated crescent dough and a fast, festive filling made with blue cheese, cream cheese, pistachios and dried cherries are a real timesaving help for the host. This quick Christmas appetizer recipe comes together in 10 minutes or less and takes only 12 minutes to bake!

Preparing Blue Cheese, Cherry and Pistachio Crescent Pinwheel Bites with Litehouse Simply Artisan Blue Cheese Crumbles

The smell of flakey pastry crust wafting through the kitchen is sure to capture the attention of party guests. And, the first bite lives up to its olfactory promises with warm, flakey pastry wrapped around cream cheese boldly elevated with blue cheese crumbles and bejeweled with sweet-tart dried cherries and salty, nutty pistachios. The drizzle of a local honey just before serving puts this this easy holiday appetizer over the top, quite likely making it your new, most-requested recipe.     

To ensure you don’t run out of Blue Cheese, Cherry & Pistachio Crescent Bites during a Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or other special celebration, consider preparing two batches of the dough “rolls.” One to cook right before guests arrive for immediate serving and the other to slice and bake (in just 12 minutes!) when the tray run low.

Blue Cheese, Cherry and Pistachio Crescent Roll Bites

Serves Makes 24 Bites | Finish in 25 minutes
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Blue Cheese, Cherry and Pistachio Crescent Bites feature refrigerated crescent rolls and a flavorful creamy filling for a speedy, no stress yet special holiday appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces Litehouse Simply Artisan Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • ¼ cup fine chopped dried cherries
  • ¼ cup finely chopped, shelled roasted and salted pistachios (divided)
  • 1 8-ounce container refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, dried chopped cherries, and 3 tablespoons of chopped pistachios until combined.
  3. Unroll the crescent rolls and separate the dough along perforations into four rectangles (each rectangle composed of two triangles). Press the seams together, on both sides of each rectangle, to seal.
  4. Place a rectangle on a work surface. Use small spatula to evenly spread 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture onto the dough rectangle, leaving a small border around the edges. Beginning on a short side, tightly roll the rectangle up like a pinwheel and then pinch the seam shut.
  5. With a sharp knife, slice each roll into 6 equal pieces. Dough may be sliced immediate to bake or wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in refrigerator up to 24 hours.
  6. Divide the sliced pieces between the two prepared baking sheets (12 per pan) with cut sides up. Do not crowd. Slightly flatten each piece with the bottom of a drinking glass. Spray bottom of glass with cooking spray if sticking.
  7. Place on center rack of preheated 375 F degree oven and bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until puffed and lightly golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Place on serving platter warm and drizzle with honey and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon of pistachios.
  9. Enjoy!

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