Strawberry Cheesecake Pinwheels

Strawberry Cheesecake Pinwheels

Cheesecake is my absolute favorite dessert, so I’m always thinking about new ways to lighten up the flavors so I can eat it more often. The neat thing about these Strawberry Cheesecake Pinwheels is that though I intended them to be a dessert (and that’s how I served them), they really remind me of fruity cheese Danish, so you could totally eat them for breakfast as well! The flaky puff pastry, creamy sweet cheese and fresh juicy strawberries are the stuff dreams are made of – my dreams, anyway!

Strawberry Cheesecake Pinwheels

These Strawberry Cheesecake Pinwheels would be great for a party, but if you just want to make a few at a time you can easily slice a few off the roll once it’s frozen (step 3 in the directions below) and keep the rest of the roll frozen for later. At just 82 calories each, these pinwheels are the ideal sweet little indulgence.

Strawberry Cheesecake Pinwheels

Looking for more ways to use puff pastry? Check out the Puff Pastry tag in my Recipe Index for delicious lightened up recipes for Pepperoni Pizza Pockets, Peach Basil Tart, Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels, Caprese Tarts and more!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Pinwheels

Yield: 24 pinwheels

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted (I used Pepperidge Farms)
  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup diced strawberries (make sure to cut them small)

Directions:

  1. On a sheet of parchment paper (or a clean, dry surface sprinkled with a small amount of flour to prevent sticking) lay down your sheet of defrosted puff pastry. Using a rolling pin, roll the pastry into a 10”x14” rectangle of even thickness.
  2. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the cream cheese with the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Use a spatula to spread the cream cheese mixture evenly across the top of the rolled puff pastry. Sprinkle the strawberries over the top of the cream cheese mixture on the puff pastry.
  3. With the longer side of the pastry rectangle facing you, roll the pastry by pushing forward, wrapping the ingredients into a long roll. Once the pastry is completely rolled up into a big “log,” wrap it in parchment paper or cling wrap and place it in the freezer for 2 hours or until it’s easy to slice into circles.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. When you take the pastry roll out of the freezer, use a serrated knife to slice it into 24 even “spirals.” I find the easiest way to do this evenly is to cut the roll in half, then each of those pieces into quarters, then cut each of those pieces into thirds. Place each spiral onto the parchment lined baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden.

MyWW SmartPoints per (1 pinwheel) serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 4 SmartPoints/ Blue: 4 SmartPoints/ Purple: 4 SmartPoints

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
2 per pinwheel (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
82 calories, 9 g carbs, 5 g sugars, 5 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 2 g protein, 0 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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