Sausage & Cheese Pinwheels

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When we find something we like, I love coming up with as many different ways to serve it as possible. This recipe is the combination of several different variations of favorite easy recipes. That’s a long, convoluted way of saying it’s familiar, easy, basic and good.

If you want this recipe to be even easier, you could just bake the rolled-up dough as a loaf, but I really think the cinnamon roll-inspired pinwheels are a lot more fun for very little effort.

These little pinwheels are a great side dish with some eggs or as a stand alone, grab-and-go breakfast. You can even freeze them after baking and then warm in the microwave or oven as needed.


Sausage & Cheese Pinwheels

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 – 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 lb. bulk pork sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled small
  • 2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter or margarine until crumbly. Add milk as need until a soft but not sticky dough forms. Knead dough one minute.

2. Divide dough in half and roll out. Top with a layer of sausage and a layer of cheese. Roll up jelly roll style and slice into pieces, about an inch thick. Place onto a cookie sheet lined with foil and greased. Repeat with second batch.


3. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 – 18 minutes, until golden brown.


Simple recipes like this that are a combination of easy and our favorite ingredients definitely work for me!

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  1. Jill says:

    These look really good. I love how you told me how to make the dough and didn’t say to buy some pre-made refrigerated dough. What other combinations have you put in the dough? I hope to try this one soon.

  2. missy says:

    ok…now i’m hungry :)

  3. These look so good! I think I’m going to have to try them.

  4. Yipee! A new breakfast recipe for the football team… that I can make ahead of time. :)

  5. Looks great and easy to do (a must for me!). I’m going to give this a try.

  6. These look so yummy! TFS!

  7. RLR says:

    This recipe looks delicious! I’m a big fan of scratch recipes due to my daughter’s food allergies. Thanks :)

  8. Lisa Hartjes says:

    I’m definitely going to try making this. Approximately how many rolls do you get out of one recipe?

  9. Sonshine says:

    We are not that big on sausage, however, I betcha these would taste just as good with crumbled bacon! :)

    Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Judy says:

    I make something similar but my recipe uses bread dough. I put hamburger ( with taco seasoning ) and cheese in mine. I will be trying this recipe, Thanks.

  11. Sheila says:

    I made these today. They were a huge hit at my house! Thanks for the recipe! The way I cut and rolled them made 24 rolls.

  12. Emily says:

    These look great! What other fillings do you use? How many do you normally get from this recipe?

  13. I too was surprised that your dough was made from scratch. I hope to try this. Looks so good. Great photos!

  14. Elizabeth F. says:

    These look sinful and I want to sin!!!!

  15. Cara says:

    Was is just me? But I needed to use almost 1c. of milk. I did use 1/2 whole wheat flour, maybe that is why.

    Thanks for sharing another great recipe.

  16. Jen says:

    It’s 5:15 pm, I need a quick idea for dinner, and I’ve got 2 packages of sausage patties that with spoil in 2 days. I shouldn’t have wasted time looking in my cookbook, I should have known to just come to your site. Thanks again! This will be perfect with quickie potato soup!

  17. Christine says:

    Made these Friday morning for Breakfast. They were a hit with the husband and are perfect for me to take to work for those super early morning shifts.

  18. Sandi says:

    I think these will be a PERFECT substitute for the sugary cereal bars I serve my kids for breakfast. These look yummy and toddler friendly! I’m going to have to make some of these tomorrow.

  19. Noelle says:

    Used your idea with my favorite biscuit recipe. It was a favorite! I browned extra sausage to make it again soon.

  20. Sarah says:

    tried these this morning but must have messed up somehow – my dough was all flaky & crumbly & wouldn’t roll properly. I am an amateur cook, however & prob just didn’t have the technique right. Could I have added more milk? Is there a ‘proper’ rolling technique? Any input would be so appreciated, thank you!!

  21. Kate says:

    Looks excellent!I will certainly try.

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  23. Tyra Bailey says:

    I was looking for this recipe for weeks but all i could find was the ones that require you to use refrigerated dough….so thank you for the real thing…i totally love this….

  24. Kelly says:

    For those of you that made these before, how thick did you roll your dough out? How did it turn out? 1/4 inch?

  25. Question… Can these be cooked and then frozen, to be reheated in a microwave or toaster oven?

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