(Always read the recipe twice, assemble, and prepare your ingredients before you begin to cook)

1 package of refrigerated crescent rolls (any brand – package of 8)
½ tsp garlic powder
¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz.)
1 egg, beaten
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ cup of your favorite Italian sauce

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

  • Grease a baking/cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper (NOT wax paper)
  • Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 2 long rectangles
  • Press each into a 12” x 4” rectangle firmly pressing the perforations to seal
  • Sprinkle garlic powder and cheese over the rectangles and gently press into the dough
  • Start with 1 short side, roll up each rectangle and press edges to seal
  • With a serrated knife, cut each roll into 8 slices
  • Place cut side down on the parchment lined cookie sheet
  • With a pastry brush, brush the tops of each with the beaten egg
  • Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 to 18 minutes or until the edges are golden brown
  • Immediately remove from the cooking sheet
  • Heat the Italian sauce until hot
  • Serve the warm pinwheels with the sauce
  • Makes 16 pinwheels
  • Serving suggestion: As an appetizer


  • tsp. means a teaspoon and tbsp. means tablespoon – always use a measuring spoon not a piece of silverware
  • Parchment paper is a baker’s best friend. Just line your baking sheet with it whether making biscuits, cookies, or appetizers, etc. as it creates a non-stick surface.  Depending on what you’re baking, you can even reuse the parchment paper over again if you want or just crumple and toss in your garbage.  No clean-up!  NOTE:  parchment paper is not the same as wax paper as wax paper will burn in your oven and affect the taste of your food.
  • Typically, Italian Seasoning is composed of a combination of basil, oregano, parsley, onion powder, thyme, rosemary, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Much easier to just buy it already made in the spice section of the store.
  • Refrigerated crescent rolls are extremely versatile and can be used in numerous ways to make delicious appetizers.

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Carol was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Jefferson Township with her husband in 1976. She initially joined the Garden Club of Milton, eventually serving as President. She was a co-founder of the ABC Mothers Group, active in the local PTAs, Girl Scouts, and Cub Scouts. She worked for AIM Newspapers as a reporter and eventually became its Editor. Currently, she is President of the Jefferson Arts Committee and recently retired as the Recreation Program Coordinator in the Jefferson Township Recreation Department. She can be reached at carol.punturieri@thejeffersonchronicle.com.