Kids will love these Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels! Not only are they delicious, they are also so easy to make that older kids can get in the kitchen and whip them up themselves for an after-school snack!
Hello, this is Heather from Kitchen Concoctions and I’m excited to share this recipe for Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels with you today. As someone who started cooking and baking as a young child, I am a firm believer in getting kids in the kitchen as young as possible. In fact, I am so passionate that for many years now, I have worked as a cooking instructor teaching both kids and adults how to find their way around the kitchen with basic and advanced cooking and baking skills.
Not only is getting kids in the kitchen to help cook weeknight dinners and create special holiday treats providing them with life-long memories, it is also teaching them skills that will carry them through adulthood. From stirring and cracking eggs as young as two and three years old, to elementary-aged children learning how to read and execute a recipe, what flavors go well together, proper utensil skills, and more; there is so much children can do in the kitchen! I’ve also found that children who help in the kitchen tend to be more adventurous eaters, which I would say is definitely an added benefit since so many kids are so picky!
Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels Recipe
This simple recipe for Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels is a great recipe for kids to help make. It starts with simply rolling out store-bought dough, something kids love to do. The dough is topped with a thin spread of mustard, a few slices of ham and cheese, then rolled up and sliced into bite-sized pinwheels and baked until golden brown and the cheese is hot and bubbly!
Not only is this an easy recipe for kids to help make as an after-school snack, but these Hot Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels are also a crowd-pleasing appetizer and perfect for family game night or movie night. Served with some carrot or celery sticks and apple slices or yogurt, this is the perfect kid-friendly lunch or dinner idea!
Do your children help in the kitchen? What is their favorite after school-snack to make? Please share in the comments below!
- 1 (12-ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls
- 2 tablespoons yellow or Dijon mustard, plus more for serving
- 8 thin slices deli ham
- 8 thin slices deli cheddar cheese
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and set aside.
- Unroll dough into four separate rectangles. Using a rolling pin or the palms of your hands or fingers, press together the perforation in the dough and flatten the dough slightly to form a rectangle.
- Spread a thin layer of mustard over each dough rectangle. Top mustard with two slices of cheese and two slices of ham.
- Starting at the bottom short side of the dough, roll up the dough into a long log shape, tucking the cheese and meat filling into the center. Using a serrated knife, cut each roll into approximately 4-5 slices. Arrange slices on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg. Brush egg over raw pinwheels.
- Bake pinwheels in a 375ºF oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from baking sheet and transfer to a serving plate. Serve warm with additional mustard for dipping.
Home Chef Tip: For a no-bake version, replace crescent dough with a whole-wheat tortilla and fill with additional toppings such as apple slices, romaine lettuce, or cream cheese.
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