Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels

Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels

These Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels were the perfect mix of sweet and spicy and made for a pretty amazing appetizer recipe.

You can control the heat level with how much of the canned jalapenos you add, and by getting either mild or spicy peppers.

I added the whole four ounce can of spicy and they really brought the heat.

Or you can add half of the jalapenos or use the mild peppers for less spicy pinwheel.

Either way, the sweet cranberries and creamy cheese will help to balance out the spice.

How to Make Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels

I have two blocks of cream cheese at room temperature.

I actually smoked mine on my pellet grill at 180 degrees for two hours on foil.

That’s an option if you have a smoker, but not neccessary.

Also a bag of dried cranberries, two cups shredded cheese, and a can of diced jalapenos.

Or half the can if you don’t want them super spicy.

ingredients for pinwheels

Simply add it all into a large bowl.

pinwheel filling before mixing

Along with a tablespoon dry ranch seasoning.

adding ranch seasoning

And mix it all up together until it’s evenly combined.

filling after mixing in a bowl

Spread it somewhat evenly over four large burrito size tortillas.

It’s not difficult to spread, but it did take a minute because of the cranberries, plus it’s a pretty thick mixture.

I left some room at the top because when rolling them tightly, some of the filling will move up and take up that extra space.

spreading filling on a large tortilla

Refrigerate them before slicing for at least an hour.

Then use a good, sharp knife to slice them.

I had the best luck using a serrated bread knife.

Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels are a fun and festive appetizer that’s sure to be the hit of any party or celebration 🙂

Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels


Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels


Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels

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Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels
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Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels

Jalapeno Cranberry Pinwheels have a cheesy mixture with jalapenos and dried cranberries wrapped in a tortilla for a sweet and spicy appetizer

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Appetizers, Cranberry, Jalapeno, Party Food, Pinwheels, Recipe, Roll Ups, Summer Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Servings 10
Calories 99 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 2 8 oz blocks cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of choice (I used Mexican blend)
  • 1 4 oz can diced mild or spicy jalapenos (depending on spice preference
  • 1 6 oz bag dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp dry ranch seasoning
  • 4 burrito size soft tortillas


  1. Put the cream cheese, shredded cheese, jalapenos, cranberries, and dry ranch seasoning in a bowl. Stir until combined.

    Note: Depending on spice preference you may or may not use the whole can.

    Optional: Place the cream cheese blocks on foil and set them in your smoker or pellet grill for 2 hours at 180 degrees for a smoky flavor.

  2. Lay the soft tortillas flat and spread the jalapeno cranberry mixture on the tortillas. Roll them tightly and refrigerate for at least an hour, this will make them easier to slice.

  3. Slice them and serve. I had the best luck using a serrated bread knife.

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