Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels

If you’ve stuck around this here blog for long, you may remember the Sugar Rush of last year and the year before.

It just happens to be the time of year to be talking sweetsy treats, right? And I’ve loved doing just that over the last few years.

Well, this year, I’m changing things up a bit. I figure that since there will be a plethora of mighty delicious sugary sweetness rolling around the blogosphere, I’ll spend the next two weeks sharing my favorite appetizer recipes that might fit in with holiday entertaining (or just personal indulging). So consider this year to be the year Sugar Rush has been reinvented to fit into the more savory side of things.

Never fear, though! On each tasty, savory post, I’ll be highlighting one of my past Sugar Rush recipes (see the green box below for more evidence). You know, so you can get salty and sweet all in one place. Perfect! So let’s start.

Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels

This appetizer may just be one of my favorite of the season. Seriously. A throwback…a little old school…these sizzling bacon pinwheels are a combination of everything delightful in my book: bread, cheese and bacon. Amen.

Slices of thick bread are rolled thin, spread with a fabulous, lightly spicy creamy cheese mixture and wrapped in bacon. The morsels are broiled to toasty perfection, leaving the flavorful cheesy filling melted and piping hot and the bread and bacon crisp and golden.

I dare you to eat just one!

Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels

Yield: Makes 2 dozen pinwheels

Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced deli salami or ham, chopped fine
  • 3 green onions, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (like Tapatio)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 12 slices hearty white or wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 12 ounces bacon, halved crosswise


  1. Adjust an oven rack about 6 inches from the broiler heating element and heat the broiler. Set an oven-proof wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. In a food processor (or with a hand mixer if you don't have a food processor), mix the cream cheese and cheddar cheese until smooth and well combined. Transfer to a bowl and stir in salami or ham, green onions, hot sauce and mustard. Mix well.
  2. Working with one slice of bread at a time, roll the bread as thin as possible with a rolling pin (don't forget to remove the crusts!). Evenly cover the bread with about 2 heaping tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Starting at the short edge, roll the bread into a tight cylinder. Cut each rolled bread log in half crosswise to form 2 smaller rolls and wrap each half in 1 piece of the bacon (that has also been cut in half crosswise), covering the bread completely. The bacon should stick to itself as it is rolled around and stay secure, but if not, feel free to secure with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining bread, filling and bacon.
  3. Place the rolls to the wire rack on the baking sheet. Broil until the bacon is crisp, 10 to 12 minutes, flipping halfway through broiling. Let the pinwheels cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Cook’s Country Oct/Nov 2011

291 Responses to Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels

  1. Sonya says:

    Yes, I totally get it. Sorry I was too busy drooling I didn’t explain myself. What if I prepared them (to the point of spreading the mixture and rolling them) and then wrapped them in bacon and broiled them when I got to my sister-in-laws? Or I could find something more portable… can’t be hard with all your options! : )

    • Mel says:

      Oh, got it. Sorry, I think that was my fault for not getting what you meant (that’s what happens when I respond to comments while watching The Voice). So anyway, YES, I think you could totally do that. As long as you keep them cool until wrapping in bacon and baking, I don’t think the cream cheese will be a big problem.

  2. Sonya says:

    Hi Mel!
    Quick question. What are your thoughts are transporting this app? I have an Easter dinner on Saturday and these look yummy. If I prepared them (minus the bacon) and assembled them when I got there, do you think they would stand up? Say 1-2hrs? Or do you figure the cream cheese mixture would make them soggy?

    Side note: I have made your chocolate chip cake 3x in 2 weeks… we love it. Clearly. : )

    As always, a big thanks from Canada for all your recipes!

    • Mel says:

      Sonya – this app is so delicious but it really doesn’t hold up well to hours of sitting. They are best served as hot out of the oven as possible. Know what I mean?

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  4. Julie McIntosh says:

    These look absolutely AMAZING! They also remind me of an app my mom used to make in a muffin tin with bread as the crust, cheese, egg mixture poured in and topped with bacon. So making these for a football party!

  5. Teresa says:

    These look amazing. I am going to make them for my neighborhood “adopt-a-family” party coming up. But I am you use salami or ham? Does the salami give it more of an interesting taste? Thanks for all you do. This blog is my daily/weekly pick-me-up.

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  7. Krista says:

    Hey Mel, do you think you could use crescent rolls in Lu of bread? Or would it burn?
    Thanks for being my go to website. Every dinner, potluck treat, etc comes from you! Planning my bridal shower and need some yummy food! Thanks again

    • Mel says:

      Krista – I don’t use crescent rolls so I’m not sure. You would probably have to watch closely for the burning factor but also to make sure they get cooked through since they aren’t cooked unlike the bread in the original recipe. You might try baking instead of broiling so they have time to cook through all the way.

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  9. Allison says:

    These sound great, for years I have made an easy appetizer by just taking slices of white bread with crust removed, spreading them with cream cheese. Next you slice them into 3 or 4 slices, roll each slice and wrap with a piece of bacon. Bake until browned! Super simple and everyone asks for the recipe and they are great hot or at room temp so they travel well to parties. So I am excited to try this new twist on my old favorite.

  10. Wendy says:

    We made these for New Year’s Ever and everyone LOVED them! People were moaning. I only allowed myself one and I still feel fat two days later, but they were yummy.

  11. Charity Brock says:

    We tried these tonight – fantastic!!! Used Crystal hot sauce, and a nice grainy whole wheat bread. ^_^

  12. These were a HUGE hit at the potluck, ran out of them quick! Thanks! Wonton Pizza next!

  13. Adriana says:

    I am so happy to have just found your blog while searching for an Almond Roca recipe! All of your recipes look AMAZING and I cant wait to try these warm little bundles 🙂

    Thank you

  14. Luda says:

    Mel-definitely going to try these. These look really easy and quite tasty. Just bummed that we just had a party before these posted. Maybe I should just throw another party.

  15. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Yum! I just bought some bacon but hadn’t decided what to do with it-maybe this!

  16. Karyn says:

    Goodnight. I have to remember that your blog will still be here in the morning 🙂

  17. Shaura miller says:

    Very very good 🙂

  18. Morsels of Life says:

    What a great idea going with appetizers instead of sweets/cookies this time of year! (Bacon doesn’t hurt either :P)

  19. Think I might make a big batch as a Christmas present for myself mmm…

  20. juliann says:

    you had me at Bacon!

  21. Lisa Hansen says:

    Am I too late 😉 as always, love your recipes and share them with all who will listen!

  22. Jodi Calhoun says:

    Okay, how did you know I’m facing a huge New Year’s Eve Party. I’ve been trying to not make myself planning with too ambitious goodies. These pinwheels sound and look perfect for a spot on the buffet. Thanks!

  23. Karen says:

    Oh boy…. these sound yummy. How can you go wrong with bacon & cheese?

  24. Anita says:

    Bacon. And Cheese. And bread. Together as they should be. I wonder if people would get upset if these were ALL I served on New Years? Doubt it! ::drool:::

  25. Jill says:

    All these things I love…except bread. Sigh. Since I’ve discovered I’m gluten-intolerant in a mean way, bread is more appealing than ever. Why is that? 😉 These sound delicious. I think I’ll make a bunch and give them away. Talk about winning friends and influencing people.

  26. These look beautiful! I make bacon wrapped dates all the time and they always look a little gross by the time they get on the plate. I never thought to put them on a wire rack to avoid them sitting in a pool of their own fat. Aren’t you so clever? And how wonderful, wrapping bread and cheese in bacon! What an easy way to class up things one might have handy in their fridge.

  27. Rachel says:

    Bacon, bread, and cheese. Does it get any better than that?! Thank you for this! My husband will love them!

  28. Carrie says:

    Yes! We have back-to-back Bowl Game and family Christmas parties, so these will be perfect!

  29. omg…these look like a little slice of heaven!!!

  30. grace says:

    you’re welcome. 🙂
    ah, bacon. you make everything all right.

  31. Laura says:

    Yum! I’d take savory over sweet any day. Especially savory and salty….ok, I’m hungry now.

  32. Robin says:

    I need to try the pinwheels and the butter toffee popcorn. Both look so good!

  33. I love you for this. Thanks for all the awesome recipes!

  34. Janelle says:

    These look amazing. Anything with bacon is a must make for me

  35. Tiffany E says:

    Oh, this is a treat from heaven. Can’t wait to try them out. And I happen to have a pound of bacon in the fridge just begging to be treated right.

  36. Jnl2211 says:

    Definitely making these ASAP!

  37. Amanda says:


  38. Melanie says:

    Anything with bacon is a winner. I’ll be making these for sure.

  39. queenann says:

    I love this take on sugar rush. Should be fun!

  40. Breanne says:

    Yummy!! We always do appetizers on Christmas Eve and today I was just thinking of some new ones to mix in with our old favorites…these are going on the list!!! I can’t wait to see what other appetizers you post!!

  41. Vicky says:

    These sound delicious, but not so healthful! Why can’t delicious things always be good for you?

  42. Mirien says:

    Good call on posting alternatives to all the sweet stuff! Thank you–I’ll be checking everyday!

  43. Mel says:

    Shonna – it’s in the section where people write in with their lost recipes or they can write and request a lost recipe. It’s kind of an obscure little section. I threw away the page it was on already (after I posted) so I don’t have the page number – sorry! But it was in a little sidebar column on the right hand side of the page, if I remember right.

  44. Melanie says:

    These look amazing and I will definitely be making them for my open house next week. Can’t wait! Oh and I love your idea of ‘appetizers rush’. I could eat appetizers as my entire meal. Looking forward to all the recipes you’ll share with us in the coming weeks!

  45. Julia says:

    These look so yummy. I am in charge of appetizers this year for our family’s house to house celebration, so these will be perfect.

  46. Shonna says:

    OK, a little help here! In the post, you credit the Cook’s Country Oct/Nov 2011 issue. I’ve gone through my copy three times and can’t find this recipe. What page is it on? Am I really so blind? Thanks 🙂

  47. JEANNE says:

    YOU just hit everything I like with this post! uh, crunch, cheese, bacon, bread, bacon, crunch. yum!

  48. Anne says:

    Yum. I am craving everything bacon related. Including a certain shirt on Woot today.

  49. kate c says:

    These look wonderful! May have to try them at my Christmas party next week. 🙂

  50. Camille says:

    I am SO happy you are doing this. I have to admit I would choose a yummy (cheesy) appetizer over most desserts! Can’t wait to see all the yumminess!

  51. Amy M says:

    I am so thankful that you will he highlighting appetizers this year! I’m hosting two Christmas parties and a Birthday party this month and have had the hardest time finding a trusted recipe source with easy appetizers. Yeah!

  52. sandi says:

    I’ve never seen this done with already baked bread! I’m going to have to try it this way, thank you!

  53. Ashlee says:

    Okay perfect! I have a party where we’re supposed to bring our favorite party dish, and who cares if I’ve never had these before! I trust you implicitly and you can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese!

  54. Candice says:

    Thank you so much for doing this. I get SOOOO sick of cookie and dessert recipes in December.

  55. Marcey says:

    Wow, that looks amazing! Of course your recipes are always wonderful! Your blog is by far my favorite food blog. Looking forward to the change up this year.

  56. Heather B. says:

    Ohh can’t wait to try this year’s offerings! These look so yummy!

  57. Jennifer Suckow says:

    I’ve never seen anything like these before. I think my family would live them. Thanks so much!

  58. Anne Cravens says:

    these look like the perfect holiday treat! Can’t wait to serve them to guests!!

  59. Laura Hodgins says:

    These look perfect and all ingredients easily at hand. Will definately try this.

  60. Emily says:

    oh man. i bet i could eat a whole batch of these babies.

  61. Heather Miller says:

    Thanks for the great recipe! My friend and I are doing an ugly sweater Christmas party this weekend and we are on the food portion of planning. These would be great to serve! I like this idea of switching up the sugar rush!

  62. Rachel says:

    I’m so glad you are doing savory and not sweet! Although I do love my sweets, it’s definitely harder to find the savory ones this time of year. My husband loves bacon and my neighbor loves salty so I’ll be sure to make these and share the savoy love ;). Thanks!

  63. Rachael I. says:

    This looks amazing! YUM!

  64. Chris says:

    It’s always great to pick up a new appetizer recipe and this one’s gotta be “da-bomb” – come on, cheese, bread AND bacon?!!!! Gotta be da bomb!

  65. Heather says:

    I had something like this once at a party and they were sooooooooooo good. I’m so glad I finally have a recipe and can make them again.

  66. Karen says:

    My teenage son will LOVE these! Putting them on the list for our New Years Day menu (we do sandwiches and finger food-things). With 7 kids, though, I’ll have to make a double batch… LOL

  67. Brittany says:

    These look awesome! Just made bacon wrapped dates for thanksgiving, I will have to try these for Christmas…thanks!

  68. Valerie says:

    Mel – you are a wonder. my nephew introduced me to you and now I have shared you with my parents. I am more of a salty, savory gal who can’t wait to make these. YUM!!

  69. Sarah McFarlane says:

    This is cruel! I am reading this late at night – too late to make this but not too late to be totally hungry and want it! I love anything bacon. Dipped bacon in chocolate last time I was pregnant. I am making this tomorrow!

  70. Debbie says:

    So glad you did something savory. So many of us are trying to stay away from sugar, but still want scrumptious things to eat. Can’t wait to try them! Will serve with a salad for a yummy supper.

  71. Mel says:

    Tammy – I have to admit that I didn’t even know ovens came with broilers on the bottom. If I were you, I’d skip the broiling part and bake them at 425 or 450. I’m afraid of your broiler. 🙂

  72. Tammy says:

    Okay. I’m lame. I missed the instruction to flip them. Still wondering if you can help me w/ the broiler thing. 🙂

  73. Tammy says:

    These look soooo yummy!! Two questions though. Does the under side of the bacon get cooked okay without having to turn them over during cooking? And how in the world do I use an oven that has the broiler on the bottom!!? I am in this rental house that has it on the bottom. I didn’t even know that existed.

  74. Angie says:

    We do love bacon at our house. So this is sure to be a hit. Can’t wait to try them.

  75. Erika says:

    These sound delicious, can’t wait to give them a try!

  76. Stephanie W. says:

    Bacon . . . cheese . . . bread . . . yum!!!

  77. Whitney says:

    Oh yum!! Can’t wait to try these!

  78. Becky T says:

    These look absolutely delicious!!!

  79. Shannon says:

    So I have been working off some weight I gained in my last pregnancy and it’s hard when I want to make so many yummy things, sweet and savory. But I really do love your blog. Thanks for everything you share!

  80. Heather says:

    These look awesome! I love bacon and cheese. Thanks for many great recipes!

  81. Valerie says:

    I love sugar rush! I’m glad it’s here again!

  82. Lisa Brown says:

    These look amazing!!

  83. Lisa says:

    Yum! These look really good! We love bacon around here. 🙂

  84. Michelle T. says:

    Thanks for the recipe. My hubby will LOVE these- bacon & cheese=perfect food for him 🙂

  85. Leisel says:

    You’re a genious!!!! We get the best of both worlds. Now, back to looking up that recipe I was going to use for tonight’s dinner!

  86. Cathy K. says:

    I know these will be on our holiday party trays, thanks for sharing!

  87. kandi victorino says:

    you had me at bacon!

  88. Janell says:

    Love the idea of appetizers! I’ll miss your new Sugar Rush recipes but I could certainly use more appetizer recipes–Perfect!

  89. Katie says:

    I love savory so much more that sweet. This “sugar rush” is right up my alley! : )

  90. Amy F. says:

    This definitely looks like something my husband would LOVE! Also, doesn’t seem to hard. Nice to have something not too stressful to make when things get crazy!

  91. Amy Merritt says:

    These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them. Your website is my favorite for recipes! Thanks for sharing your talent!!!

  92. Mia says:

    Yummy!! I am a huge fan of anything bacon and these sound scrumptious. They will most definitely be appearing on my holiday table!

  93. Susanne says:

    I read your blog faithfully. I even read it this morning at 3:00 am (couldn’t sleep). Thank you so much for this delicious appetizer. It is delicious.

  94. Kristin Castleton says:

    Yummy!!!! I can’t tell you how many recipes I have used off of your fabulous website! My favorites are truly endless (just ask the ladies in my bunko group)! This one looks so good…nice to have ideas for appetizers too since our family get togethers always produce the same six! 🙂

  95. patintx says:

    I’ve made these for years! Everyone loves them….

  96. Amy Murdock says:

    I love you blog. For New Years last year we just had appetizers…it was good but now I need to change it and am glad for some new ideas! I’m sure I will have to try some of your appetizers. These sound really good.

  97. brittney says:

    is it bad that these are maybe (but actually yes really) going to be tonight’s main course? DELISH.

  98. Jenny says:

    I love, love, LOVE your blog and I LOVE bacon!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  99. Lesley says:

    Yum! I think that I might just have to throw a party so we can serve these 😉

  100. Tiffany says:

    Wow, this is right up my alley…

  101. Christina says:

    Exactly what I need! We are having an appetizer supper on Christmas Eve…

  102. Samantha says:

    Hooray for appetizers! Got a party this weekend where the appetizers are WAY bigger than the dinner! This is PERFECT!! and… in my husband’s world, everything would be wrapped in bacon.

  103. mayme says:

    I have to admit that as much as I love to try to be healthy, your sugar rushes have always caught me. I guess that’s what the holidays are for. And this just another great idea! I’ve never been good at coming up with appetizers so this is awesome. It makes me want to host a holiday party! (except for the part where I have no time or energy… I guess that’s where sugar rush comes in, ha ha!)

  104. Kim says:

    Looks great! Bacon is always delicious!

  105. Krista says:

    Can’t wait to try these! Love your blog. Thanks for all the great recipes!!

  106. Janae says:

    These look amazing!

  107. Carmin says:

    I’m so looking forward to this year’s savory rush!

  108. brandy says:

    Anything with cream cheese melts my heart!! These look delish!

  109. Maudie the Maid says:

    Yum. I need to make these.

  110. Alycia says:

    Those look so yummy and will be perfect for our New Year’s Eve party! I LOVE that you are doing a savory Sugar Rush this year!!

  111. Jen says:

    New to your blog-had me at bacon and cheese-HELLO!!

  112. Em says:

    While I love all the sugary treats this time of year, it’s nice to see something different for a change! I can’t wait to see the rest….

  113. brittany says:

    Yum! This looks like a perfect appetizer for the holidays!

  114. Karen says:

    Don’t you just love bacon……………..Thanks Mel, they would be great for a Packers game !!!

  115. Kelli says:

    holy cow, what a recipe! my mom would love this!

  116. Jackie says:

    I just realized the other day, since I have started following your blog last spring I think I have only used my cookbooks a handful of times.

  117. Loy says:

    Oh boy do I love sweets, but these are making my heart go pitty pat, pitty pat. Can’t wait to try them. You go, girl, with you savory Sugar Rush, and appreciate the link back to the sweets of the past. Thanks so much for sharing. I truly love your blog.

  118. Melanie says:

    Looks yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  119. Danielle says:

    Oh. Wow. These are drool-worthy! And perfect for a Christmas get together I will be attending this weekend! Thanks Mel!

  120. AnnetteBrunette says:

    forM not forn. Darn.

  121. AnnetteBrunette says:

    Mel, when I was a kid our Christmas Eve dinner was always a variety of appetizers and crudites. And I have tried to carry on the tradition with my own family because I LOVE appetizers in both forn and fun! I am so excited you’re doing this one! And these pinwheels look delish!

  122. Jamie says:

    Mmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmmm…. I needed some new savory snacks to take to all the random get togethers we end up at over the holiday season. Keep ’em coming!

  123. Ashley says:

    “…these sizzling bacon pinwheels are a combination of everything delightful in my book: bread, cheese and bacon. Amen.”


    I can’t wait to try these!

  124. Rachel Bradley says:

    Augh! I must eat these right now! Love the “Appetizer Rush” idea. I certainly have an “Appetizer Addiction.”

  125. Whitney says:

    Wow…these look amazing!

  126. Brianna says:

    Okay, so really, I’d just want to eat all the bacon! Actually, I love the idea of an appetizer sugar rush because I don’t have any good, different ones. You know, you can get sick of meatballs, little smokies, and deviled eggs. Then again, I’m a sucker for sweets and I’ll be making that popcorn soon.

  127. Amy Weaver says:

    How did you know that I needed an appetizer for a neighborhood party this weekend? These look sooooo good! Thanks for another great post (and scrumptious looking photos- I am always impressed)

  128. Melanie says:

    Bacon and cheese? Umm…yes please! These look GOOD!

  129. Jules says:

    These sound just devine!! Love anything that has bacon in them! The last thing I made with bacon was candied chocolate covered bacon that was put into PB. cookies! I will have to add this to my appetizer list for christmas! Thank you!!

  130. Chelsea says:

    I love your food and it’s time I told you! I’ve made so many things from your site I think I could make my own cookbook of recipes I’ve printed out. I feel some sense of closeness to you because I have 4 wonderful boys, too. Thanks for all you share!

  131. denise says:

    I’m in LOVE with salty! I’ll choose salty over sweet anyway!! Thanks for sharing! Sugar Rush Reinvented, here we come!!

  132. Elizabeth says:

    yum, yum, yum!

  133. VickiT says:

    Oh my gosh!!!!!!!! This was not the thing to read when deciding to skip lunch and only have a piece of toast for breakfast. These look amazing and would be perfect for New Years Eve. I love sweets as much as the next person but give me bacon and that cookie can surely wait till later. LOL YUM! Thank you very much.

  134. Nicole c says:

    Yum!! Excited for appetizer recipes. Always looking for good party food ideas and now we’ll have some great options from you!! Thanks for your awesome blog. Love it- this week alone making all 6 planned meals from your site along w 2 yummy baked goods!

  135. Kimberly says:

    DH will be excited for the new appetizer recipes. He’s a total appetizer person and I’m a dessert person. Now you’re taking care of both of us. Thanks for the great recipes!

  136. Jenny says:

    I love the idea of two weeks worth of appetizers! I love your site, because I know that whatever I make from it will be delicious!

  137. bonny day says:

    I love all of your recipes!! I’ve made soooo many of them! Thank you!

  138. Alisha says:

    This is just what I needed! My family does a huge array of appetizers for Christmas Eve, and this year since we are on the other side of the country I will be hosting our own little Appetizer Christmas Eve, and I need recipes just like this to get that job done!!
    Thank you!

  139. Whitney says:

    I just found your site, I love it! Also, I really like the appetizer idea as opposed to just sweet recipes this time or year.

  140. Andrea says:

    Ooh, I love me some sugar, but I’m so glad you’re going the savory route this year. I need a little more of that this season.

    I think I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating: I have never found a recipe on your blog that I didn’t LOVE. Every recipe I’ve tried (and I try a lot of them) has been fabulous. I can’t wait to try this cheesy bacon pinwheel thing.

  141. Meg says: What is not to like about these?! PS Love the blog and so excited you’re doing savory instead of sweet this year!

  142. Jess says:

    Appetizers and party snacks are EXACTLY what I’m looking for right now for all of the upcoming holiday parties…I’ll be referring to you blog! Thanks!!

  143. Lisa says:

    Hi Mel!

    I so love your site! We have prepared numerous recipes from your site and love every one. There hasn’t been one that didn’t turn out exactly as you state.

    I’m looking forward to your reinvented sugar rush series! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    Thanks! Lisa

  144. Hailey says:

    These look SO good!… of course anything with bacon is good!

  145. Kristina M says:

    I love your blog! Thanks for doing something savory to balance out all the sweets around. I’m excited to try these!

  146. Sarah P. says:

    ummm…..YUM! Can’t wait to try these

  147. Ciara says:

    Oh YUM! Anything is better with bacon! 🙂

  148. Barbij says:

    Yum! I like your spin on the Sugar Rush. Everyone needs appetizer ideas. 🙂

  149. Jo says:


  150. Diane K says:

    I’m assuming the bacon is raw and not… like… partially cooked or something?

    Also, I saw a recipe of yours on an email from Ziplist, so after casually wandering over here, I think I found my new favorite food blog! Just thought you ought to know.

  151. sherryc says:

    oh my goodness I don’t usually comment on post but I have to make these.

  152. Heather says:

    I can’t wait to make these for our girl’s holiday party!!

  153. Jill says:

    my husband would love these!!

  154. Emily says:

    These look amazing!

    Thanks so much for your website. I check it daily!

  155. Marianne says:

    I don’t usually like bacon-wrapped things, but you make this sound fantastic!

  156. Margaret says:

    What a clever idea! You’re right about the sugar overload this season, but I am just drooling in front of my computer looking at these pinwheels! Thanks for sharing such an easy and amazing recipe!

  157. Jackie Gonzales says:

    Wow…this is definitely different than what I was thinking…I was thinking more along the lines of the bacon wrapped jalapenos…but I can’t WAIT to try these!!! YUM!!!!

  158. Caitlin says:

    I love the idea of savory treats instead of sweet (although I bought the ingredients for two of your past sugar rush recipes)! These look tasty!

  159. Molly Kohler says:

    Perfect! I have been trying to figure out what to take to a party on Friday. This is it!

  160. auntiepatch says:

    I’m going to try this with TURKEY ham & bacon! I’m allergic to pork products so this sounds great! Thanks –

  161. Deb says:

    Mel – your timing is impeccable as always! We’re having two Christmas parties this weekend (I’m definitely in that “what were we thinking???!!!” place right now), but this will go on the menu for one of them. And, funny enough, I just bought those Christmas-y Chinese takeout containers like the one you have pictured, for the very purpose of giving Butter Toffee Popcorn as party favors! Are we on the same page or what? I really appreciate your dedication to this blog and I so enjoy the taste of everything you post but also the sincerity with which you write. Thank you for everything!

  162. Laura O says:

    can’t wait to try this for our pot luck lunch at work this Friday!

  163. Mel says:

    Summer – I’m not sure about the breakfast bacon since I’ve never tried it and am not familiar with the product – is it similar to regular bacon? If so, it will probably work fine!

  164. Andrea says:

    Perfect addition to my collection of 101 ways to use bacon…Now if I could just successfully combine bacon and chocolate…*sigh*

  165. Kristen says:

    Finally someone who hi-lights the savory world! Don’t get me wrong, I love sweets, but I really love the saltier treats (or better yet sweet & salty). Thanks for all of your fabulous recipes! Yours is my favorite food blog!

  166. mary beth says:

    I LOVE the idea of sharing appetizers rather than sweets! And these bacon pinwheels are right up my alley… yum!

  167. Mel says:

    Geneil – they may not get as browned and golden if you just bake them but it’s worth a try (plus, I’d still nag your hubby to fix the broiler). I’d bake them at a high heat – probably 425 or 450.

  168. Cassie says:

    These look so good! I love your blog and whenever I am talking about recipes to anyone I mention your blog!!!

  169. Irene says:

    Love your site and your recipes. My family will really go for these savory bits.

  170. Angela says:

    I love the savory idea . . . I am always looking for great appetizers.

  171. Kira says:

    Bacon. Yum. We have already starting collecting treats from various friends and family. We are sure to be sick and gaining weight by the end of the month! Thank you for changing things up a bit. Excited to see all that is to come.

  172. Maria says:

    These look great! Love trying out your recipes.

  173. Tristan says:

    I made the double chocolate muffins this weekend. DELICIOUS. My 5 year old said, Mom, it’s like a brownie in a muffin. I was all, It’s a muffin, Liv, not a brownie. And to that the little genius replied, Well then can I have 2 for breakfast. Bahahaha. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  174. Erika says:

    Yes, love the idea of appetizers for your sugar rush! You already have given me so many yummy dessert recipes I don’t think I’ll ever get a chance to make them all!

  175. Heidi F. says:

    I enjoyed the Sugar Rush last year, but I love appetizers! I’m looking forward to trying these. They look so good!

  176. Marilee says:

    Oh that looks so good. I can’t wait to try these.

  177. Heather says:

    Yum!!! Love the appetizer theme for the holidays. Cant wait to see all the recipes and try out a few. Just made your white chicken chili last night (it has been a favorite in my hiu for the past few years). Love your blog!

  178. Summer says:

    I have cream cheese monsters and bacon celebrators that will be doing cartwheels (at least in their heads) over these. They are so pretty too. Thank you for this recipe. Wondering if regular breakfast bacon will work with this?

  179. Brittany C. says:

    I think this is a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to see all of your appetizer recipes.

  180. Angie D says:

    I am almost sugared out already. Thanks for the new twist on treats. This one looks oh so yummy!

  181. Emily says:

    I’m excited that you’re doing savory appetizers this year instead of the sweeties!! YAY! I’ve been trying to come up with some delicious ideas for Teacher Appreciation this year. These Bacon & Cheese Pinwheels look perfectly yummy!

  182. Kim says:

    Those look great. I love the idea of doing appetizers instead of sweets. We need to “eat” before we jump into the junk food.

  183. Janelle says:

    Those look divine. Now I just need an excuse to make them!

  184. Nikole says:

    I’m so happy that you are sharing savory appetizers this year! The sweets, while delicious and essential this time of year, tend to get a little bit old after eating them day after day. (This) woman cannot live on sugar alone! 🙂

  185. Tomi says:

    Awesome can’t wait to see the upcoming recipes. We are doing all apps for Christmas this year as we watch the Packers kick Bear booty!! Thank you!!

  186. Meghan says:

    There are few things that don’t taste good when there is bacon and cheese involved. I am so excited to try these!

  187. Tricia says:

    I’m excited for some savory ideas too! You’re right, it’s pretty easy to find sweet stuff, but I like that you are sharing both. Thanks for your ideas!

  188. Ashley says:

    I’ve been a lurker for quite some time but definitely LOVE the site and all of the fabulous recipes you share. I’m in the process of starting my own food blog and definitely appreciate the time and effort that go into each recipe you post! These sound amazing. 🙂

  189. Karen says:

    These look great. I’ve never heard of this brand of hot sauce, but I’m sure I can find a substitution. My dad made homemade bacon last week (so simple by the way and more meatier than store bought) and I can’t wait to try some with this recipe! We had the choc. muffins this morning. . .yum!!!

  190. Morgan says:

    I have some HUGE bacon lovers at my house. So these will definitely be on the menu soon!

  191. Barbara says:

    Will make these for New Years Eve for sure!

  192. Lorie says:

    I was just trying to figure out what appetizer to make for Christmas, so glad you are doing a series on this!

  193. Aubrey says:

    My husband is the world’s biggest bacon fan, seriously. I know lot’s of people like bacon, but he takes it to another level. He’s going to love this one (and I will too, of course)! Thanks for all of the awesome recipes that have seriously changed my life! You are my go-to online recipe resource!

  194. Sarah says:

    Bacon and Cheese? My most 2 favorite ingredients! I think I found a new addition to my Christmas Eve menu – thanks!

  195. Kim says:

    I love appetizers! Thanks for giving them the spotlight! 🙂

  196. Glen says:

    I’m pretty sure I would like these!

  197. Gail Whiteley says:

    Hi Mel

    This is the kind of recipe you read and want to stop what you are doing and make them immediately ……how could anyone not like these.

    Keep up the delicious work!!!

  198. Kim says:

    These look divine!! You had me at sizzling bacon! Thank you for sharing some more savory treats…. I always feel a little overloaded with sweets this time of year!
    You are the best!!

  199. Amanda says:

    These sound so good. I might just have to make them tonight.

  200. Lana says:

    These look sooooooooooooo delicious!

  201. Brittany says:

    Oh my! These look SO good! I will for sure be making these babies in the near future!

  202. Dora says:

    Wow, these look so good! Thanks for all the yummy recipes you have posted. I have tried so many and loved them all!

  203. Melanie S. says:

    Melanie, thank you for a great idea for this year’s Sugar Rush! I adore appetizers and am so excited to try all! Brilliant, just brilliant!

  204. erika kar says:

    I wish I had one (or 5) RIGHT NOW!!

  205. Katy says:

    Great idea. I get a little overwhelmed with all of the sweet this time of year. I’m a salty girl all the way!

  206. Rachael says:

    OHHHH! I can’t wait to try this. I’ve been looking forward to this year’s Sugar Rush!

  207. Anna says:

    These sound so yummy! I can’t wait to try them.

  208. Emily says:

    I love that you’re doing appetizers! And amen to bacon, bread, and cheese!

  209. Carly says:

    I love new appetizer recipes! This looks delicious and simple, my favorite.

  210. Lisa says:

    Anything with bacon and I am so there….looks delicious!

  211. Terressa T. says:

    LOVE appetizers! I am always on the search for new ideas…this sounds absolutely delish! I might just need to throw a last minute party after all these yummy ideas come my way 😉
    thank you for sharing and for linking to your past sugar rush posts…it’s fun to read those as well!

  212. Alicia B says:

    I love the idea of doing savory things for the holidays, I already have plenty of sugary things to make! These look like something that would go over really well at Christmas!

  213. VanessaG says:

    I love appetizers! My family and I make tons of appetizers on New Years. I am going to make these this year. My little niece Addison Grace loves bacon. She may enjoy these! Thanks for the idea!!

  214. Katrina says:

    Hmm… Bacon? Cheese? Bread? I’m sold!

  215. Katrina says:

    I think I need to have an appetizer party! Excited for the reinvented Sugar Rush!

  216. Luci H says:

    Perfect timing. I have a Christmas party on Friday. Oh and thanks for making my Thanksgiving dinner a success. I made everything from scratch and used almost every recipe from you! Everyone raved about how delicious everything tasted. My first Thanksgiving dinner was definitely a success. Thanks!

  217. Julie says:

    These look amazing!! Can’t wait to give them a try 🙂

  218. Jamie says:

    I don’t have a party to take these to soon enough. Would it be bad to make them for dinner? I would make sure to have lots of vegies to make up for the calories.

  219. Megan says:

    Mmm… sounds delicious! I like the appetizer reinvention for this year– I always need new appetizer ideas for Christmas parties!

  220. Laura says:

    I just made something very similar to your pinwheels for the first time about a month ago. Super yum! We also made a dipping sauce for them from some thinned down jalapeno/peach jam, and it was a great combo. Best of all, there was recently a sale on bacon here – $2 a pound! – and I got some just to make appetizers for the holiday season! 🙂

  221. Kayli says:

    Good golly those look delicious! I reallllly want to make some, but they don’t have pre-sliced bacon in Switzerland (that I can find), so I’d have to be up for the challenge of trying to slice it myself thin enough. It could work though. I think I might have to try it. Mmmm, mmm.

  222. Katie says:

    These look totally fantastic!

  223. Heidi says:

    Can I make this for breakfast? Please??

  224. Briana says:

    wow, these look PERFECT for a holiday party i have coming up! did i mention i wish you were my next-door neighbor?

  225. Laurel says:

    You had me at… Bacon-wrapped. Swoon!

  226. Heidi says:

    Absolutely on board with the idea of savory finger foods around the holidays. Thanks for posting such a perfect recipe.

  227. JenH says:

    The pinwheels look delightful! I must make them soon! I’m so excited for the new reinvented Sugar Rush this year! I cant wait!

  228. Sally says:

    Yea! Bacon, bacon, Bacon and you and the Fairy Hobmother! What a day!

  229. Heidi says:

    As if I needed another reason to love your site. You are inspired- the next few weeks are going to be great!

  230. Barbara says:

    I was looking for a recipe to take to Christmas party this coming Saturday, found it! Thanks Mel!

  231. Erin says:

    My husband and I both enjoy your site. These look scrumptious!

  232. Claudia says:

    Your site is my favorite! These look to die for!

  233. Catherine says:

    I want one of those right now! Looks sooooo good!

  234. Kristen says:

    Looks tasty! Thank you Mel! Because of you I enjoy cooking and look forward to your posts!

  235. Stephanie says:

    My husband loves anything with bacon, so making an appetizer that is wrapped in bacon should make him very happy. 🙂

  236. Jenny says:

    Despite it being 8:30 am I can’t help but thinking that THAT is what I should have had for breakfast. 🙂

  237. Rebecca says:

    I *love* your spin on sugar rush! This looks fantastic and I’m excited to see what else is to come!

  238. Stephanie says:

    Looks delish! I have been looking forward to your sugar rush! (Or should I say savory rush?)
    Thanks for the awesome recipes!

  239. DeAnna says:

    I love this idea! I love my sweets, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I get a little too much this time of year!

  240. alysa says:

    Totally had appetizers on the brain this morning, looking for something delicious to take to a get-together in a little over a week. Now I’m SUPER excited to know you’ll be offering me plenty of choices to choose from over the next few days .. . although bacon and cheese and cream cheese may be hard to beat!

  241. Monica says:

    Oh my! These sound delicious!!

  242. Teresa R. says:

    This is a new recipe for me and I think I’ll be making it soon. My son and his new bride will be here for Christmas and I’ve been wondering what sort of snacks I can make besides the usual cookies. This recipe looks perfect.

  243. LeAnne says:

    These look sooooo yummy. I’ll have to try them. I’m making your soft chocolate caramels again this year. I tried them for the first time last year and they were delicious. Everyone loved them! Thanks!

  244. You know I was just considering emailing you asking where Sugar Rush was this year! Is that too stalkerish? 🙂 this sounds like a great idea and one that will be infinitely useful this time of year. Great job as usual 🙂

  245. Lucy says:

    I’ve been wondering if you would do Sugar Rush this year, but I love this savory version!

  246. Mary A. says:

    I’m definitely going to try this! Reminds me of the bacon wrapped water chestnuts I used to eat at a country club I worked at in college. I’ve got a few opportunities where this might be the thing to fix. Thanks!

  247. Casey C says:

    These pinwheels look delicious. I know if my husband saw them he would insist on me making them. Thank you for posting.

  248. Sandee says:

    i had just recently thought the same thing about sugary treats and was trying to come up with some ideas for something non-sweet to take to the neighbors, etc. my original thought was a cheeseball w/ crackers, but now i think an appetizer sampler platter would be totally cool.

  249. Laurie E says:

    These look amazing, love bacon!

  250. Kelley says:

    I am so excited about these pinwheels. I can’t wait to make them for a little pre-dinner treat THIS week! I don’t think I can wait until Christmas!

  251. Shanna says:

    Yahoo!! I can make pinwheels for my husband (and me) AND toffee popcorn for me. Your recipes are amazing. Thank you.

  252. Tania says:

    Bacon…bacon,bacon, bacon and cheese. These sound great.

  253. Stefani says:

    Seriously? How can you go wrong with bacon and cheese anything? Looks amazing!

  254. Rebekah says:

    These sound delicious, I hope I have a good excuse to try them out soon!

  255. miriam m. says:

    Drool! These sound amazing!

  256. april kim says:

    Yum! This looks decadently delicious. My hubby would LOVE these! Thanks so much for sharing!

  257. Sheila h. says:

    This plus a salad equals dinner

  258. Kristi says:

    These look delicious! Now to make some gluten free bread to make these with!

  259. Geneil says:

    These look tasty, but my broiler’s broken. Would these work if you just baked them? or do I need to nag my husband more to fix the broiler?

  260. Jenn says:

    Mel, I think you should have to do Sugar Rush AND Appetizer Rush! Looking forward to recipes.

  261. Ruth says:

    What a great idea! I love that you are doing appetizers this year since the rest of my family doesn’t eat a ton of sweets. Thanks for the change-up!

  262. Erica Williams says:

    Love your idea to post appetizers! I’m always on the lookout for a new one of those 🙂 Can’t wait to try these, they look awesome!

  263. C... says:

    Those look so good! Yum!

  264. Pat says:

    How exciting to look forward to some NEW and fresh ideas for appetizers for the holiday get-togethers! These pinwheels look absolutely wonderful and I already know that they will be one of the treats I make-and-take this year. Thanks for coming up with the fantastic idea of gifting your readers with appetizer ideas instead of more sweet treats (not that they aren’t good, mind you)!

  265. Shannon says:

    Yum! Sounds so yummy!

  266. jillmc says:

    These look scrumptious! Logged on this am to find some new appetizer inspiration, and as usual, you came through! 🙂

  267. Liss says:

    Ok, I can deal with no sweets if it all looks as good as this!

  268. mari says:

    Love that you are posting appetizers!
    After the holidays, it will be fun to serve these at game night in the winter months.
    Thanks Mel!

  269. Jill says:

    I love that you are sharing appetizer ideas this time around. I need some new appetizer recipes. These look delicious. Thanks!

  270. Oh wow, these look so good! I knew it was going to be a good recipe when the first two ingredients were cream cheese and cheddar cheese! 🙂

  271. Meli says:

    Those look delicious and easy too! Can’t wait to try them!

  272. Kate says:

    Oh, wonderful! I’m pregnant and all sugar is making me sick. Bring on the salt!

  273. Rebecca says:

    Oh wow, these sound amazing! I love that your doing savory this year! I’m always hunting for more recipes, my sweets recipe collection is a bit embarrassing!

  274. Never seen anything like this! Rolled bread sure beats trying to make appetizers based on phyllo…

  275. Missy K says:

    Mel– you are awesome! How did you know I am focusing on the savory this year, and planning several evenings of yummy appetizers for our fam this year?

    Again, awesome! Beginning with bacon was wise!

  276. Yum! Bacon! Cheese! What’s not to love?!

  277. Yay! I think this is a great idea. I love it because you’re right, there are so many sweets recipes but I always feel like I’m missing out on appetizer desserts!

  278. I love you for doing this!!! While I’m all about the sweet stuff (oh, my sweet tooth aches already this year :)) I absolutely LOVE appetizers and look forward to your “countdown!” YAY!

  279. faith l says:

    OMGOSH! definitely gonna have to try these!

  280. These look awesome…nothing like crispy bacon and gooey cheese!

  281. Janel says:

    It can be so hard to find time (and enough room in my pants!) to make my old favorite desserts, my family’s newer favorites from your site and to continue trying new things you imagine up – so it is with a bittersweet heart I look forward to incorporating more savory dishes into our holiday fare. Thank you Mel for all of your work!

  282. Kathy says:

    Oh, those sound good.

  283. Amber Woodruff says:

    OOOOH! Those look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

  284. Erin says:

    I have to take appetizers to our first party of the season this weekend, so I’m glad to know you’ll be posting multiple recipes. I confess that I have never been an appetizer gal, but these look pretty darn good.

  285. Kim in MD says:

    Oh my gosh, Mel- you had me at bacon! I’ve never heard of this! Where has this been all of my life? I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  286. Rachel says:

    You read my mind! I was actually wishing for a bunch of appetizer recipes. I’m hosting book club at my house and didn’t realize that almost none of my recipes are savory! These look good.

  287. OMG, these might be the best things I have read about in a long time. Have never had them, but this is getting pinned right away. These would be perfect for New Year’s eve!

    I like that you are doing some savory treats. I love seeing all of the sweet stuff, but I love to find stuff like this equally over the holidays:-)

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