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This olive and cheese pinwheel appetizer is a great way to start a party. Serve these delightful appetizers with beer or wine while your guests gather before dinner. It is a quick, fuss-free appetizer and it only takes three ingredients. 

Olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers
Olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers

These olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers are easy to make. They can be served warm or at room temperature and best of all they can be made ahead of time.  This is such an easy appetizer and it makes a fun finger food that goes well with beer or wine.


An olive tapenade was rolled up inside pie dough along with a blend of cheeses.  If you use a pre-made, store-bought pie dough, it is even easier and faster to throw together.

I started with a homemade pie dough because I had made several batches a couple months ago and froze them for the holidays.

Side note: that is a HUGE timesaver for the busy holidays. Spend a couple of hours the first week of November (or even earlier) making a bunch of pie dough. Shape them into 6-inch disks, wrap each one in plastic wrap then add them to a freezer proof bag and stick them in the freezer.

Now you have individually wrapped, homemade pie dough whenever you’re ready to make a pie or two.  Or you can use it to make these yummy olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers.

process pictures for making olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers
process for making olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers

Any-hooo, on with these appetizers. All you have to do is roll out some pie dough, spread some olive tapenade on top then sprinkle it with shredded cheese. Now roll the dough up into a log and slice it into pieces.

Place all the pinwheels on a baking sheet, bake them until they are golden brown then let them cool enough to eat.


If you want to make these ahead of time then once they are cooled to room temperature, place them in an airtight container and stick them in the fridge or freezer until party day.

You can freeze these four up to 3 months in advance or store them in the fridge for 3 days.

When your ready to serve them, pop them in a hot oven for a few minutes to warm them up. They taste best warm but as they settle down to room temperature, they are easier to pick up and eat as finger food.


Pretty much any kind of cheese will pair well with olives. The briny, salty flavor of olives melds with either a mild or complex flavored cheese. Choosing a different cheese or even a different kind of olive will completely change the flavor but it will always be delicious. Choose your favorite cheese or just grab what you have on hand. You really can’t go wrong.

Olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers on a baking sheet
Olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers

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Olive and cheese pinwheel appetizers

Olive and Cheese Pinwheel Appetizers

Olive tapenade and a cheese blend are rolled up inside flaky pie dough. This handheld appetizer is fast and easy to make.
4.77 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 20 appetizers
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Dahn Boquist


  • 1 single crust pie dough storebought or homemade
  • 1/3 cup olive tapenade
  • 3 cups grated cheese a mix of cheddar and mozzarella


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Roll out pie crust to about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Spread a thin layer of olive tapenade on the pie dough then sprinkle with the shredded cheese. 
  • Roll the dough into a log and use a sharp knife make about 20 slices. 
  •  Bake 24 to 28 minutes. (Thicker slices will need to bake longer)
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. This is a fast and easy appetizer, especially if you use pre-made pie dough found in the freezer section. 
  2. We used green olive tapenade. You could also use whole olives and chop them up finely. 


Serving: 1 | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 7.7g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 167mg

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandchildren or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

We usually have some frozen pie dough around -- you're right, it saves so much time! These look fantastic -- we all need appetizers at this time of the year, so easy and flavorful ones like this are a lifesaver. Thanks!

Pat Nyswonger

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Thanks, John....These little pinwheels are delicious and easy to make. :)

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