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Easy Raspberry Pastry Pinwheels

Get ready to impress with this simple yet elegant Raspberry Pinwheel Pastry recipe! With a premade pie crust and a few other ingredients like cream cheese, raspberry preserves, and a dash of vanilla, you can make a dessert that not only tastes heavenly but looks like it came straight from a gourmet bakery.

These are so adorable and perfect for a fancy yet tasty dessert.


Can I use homemade pie crust?

Absolutely, a homemade pie crust would elevate the recipe to the next level.

Is it okay to use different fruit preserves?

Yes, you can switch out raspberry for strawberry, apricot, or even blueberry preserves to make these pastries your own.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure your cream cheese is softened for a smooth filling.
  • Using a pizza cutter can make cutting your pinwheels easier and more precise.
  • If you have a silicone baking mat, use it! It makes for easy cleanup.


  • Add some lemon zest to the cream cheese mixture for a citrusy twist.
  • Switch raspberry preserves for Nutella for a chocolaty variant.

Where to Serve

These pinwheel pastries are perfect for breakfasts, brunches, and are a fantastic contribution to potlucks and holiday dessert tables.


Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Problem: Pastry unrolls while baking.
    • Solution: Make sure to pinch the edges before baking.
  • Problem: Filling oozes out.
    • Solution: Don’t overfill, and make sure your pie crust is properly sealed around the edges.

Tips for Making this Recipe with Kids

  • Little ones can help spread the cream cheese mixture and roll the pastry.
  • Older kids can take the lead on cutting the pinwheels and placing them on the baking sheet.

Topping Options

While the powdered sugar is optional, it adds a beautiful, snowy finish to your pastries. You can also consider a simple glaze made of powdered sugar and a bit of milk.

Why This Recipe Works

What makes this raspberry pinwheel pastry recipe a winner is its simplicity paired with the complexity of flavors and textures. The premade pie crust offers a convenient shortcut, while the creamy, tangy filling made of cream cheese and raspberry preserves strikes the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.

The vanilla extract ties it all together, and the optional powdered sugar on top adds that final touch of sweetness. It’s a harmonious blend that creates a show-stopping dessert with minimal effort.

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Easy Raspberry Pastry Pinwheels
Yield: 12 pinwheels

Easy Raspberry Pastry Pinwheels

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

These delicious raspberry pinwheels are easy to make and great for a dinner party dessert!


  • 1 premade pie crust
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup raspberry preserves
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for topping (optional)


  1. Stir together the cream cheese, sugar, raspberry preserves, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Unroll the pie crust and spread the cream cheese mixture in a thin layer over the entire crust.
  3. Roll up the crust into a log and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill for at least one hour.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Unwrap the dough and cut the pie crust int ½ inch slices. Place the slices on the lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the crust begins to brown.
  6. Allow to cool to room temperature, then top with powdered sugar, if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 172Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 10mgSodium 92mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 0gSugar 18gProtein 1g

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