Fig and Goat Cheese Pinwheels

baked pinwheels with sprigs of thyme as garnish

These Fig and Goat Cheese Pinwheels are the ultimate unique and delicious holiday treat! Creamy goat cheese, perfectly sweet fig preserves and thyme makes these flaky pastries ultra delicious!

Thank you to Erath Wines for sponsoring this post! 

Hi friends! I’m popping in today to share another holiday recipe with you, tis the season right?! And this recipe seriously couldn’t be easier. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe: 

These pinwheels look SO sophisticated and like you spent hours making them from scratch…when in reality, they couldn’t be easier to whip up! 

Using store bought preserves and puff pastry makes this recipe so simple to come together but still be a seriously stunning crowd pleaser. 

side view of baked pinwheels with wine cork and glass of wine in the background

I absolutely love the flavor combination in this recipe!

extreme close up shot of ingredients spread out on puff pastry

You have the ultra creamy goat cheese that’s slightly tangy and packs a flavor punch! From there, that’s combined with the perfect sweetened fig preserves that have a honey-like sweetness..and then, to really amp it up, I added some fresh thyme! The thyme is a savory herbaceous and fresh ingredient that really makes this appetizer shine. 

Speaking of appetizers…one thing that I really love about this recipe is that you can serve it as either an appetizer OR dessert. It’s versatile and delicious!

Pairing with Erath: 

Don’t you love a good wine and food pairing?! I know I do! Like I said above, whether you want to serve this dish as a happy hour appetizer OR a dessert later on, Erath 2019 Pinot Noir Reserve Collection is the perfect wine for both options!

baked pinwheels beside a bottle of Erath 2019 Pinot Noir Reserve Collection

The subtle sweetness of the fig jam in each bite pairs perfectly with the lusciously smooth black cherry undertones of each sip. 

And i just absolutely am obsessed that the fresh thyme gives the pastries a slight savory element which mingles delicately with each passing sip. It’s SO delightful. 

Erath has been perfecting the art of winemaking in Oregon for over 40 years! I have been absolutely loving their wines this holiday season – they are elegant, approachable and have a type of wine that will work for every dish. Find out more about them by going to their website HERE

Ingredients You Need:

Thawed Puff Pastry – store bought puff pastry is the way to go here, so simple and easy! 

Fig Preserves – the absolute perfect sweet jam option for this recipe, a must! 

Goat Cheese – I used plain goat cheese!

Fresh Thyme – use fresh herbs in this recipe! Not only does it look beautiful but it tastes that way too! 

Light Brown Sugar – used for additional sweetness in the recipe!

Egg – to make a quick egg wash to ensure the pastries get golden brown and flaky!

How to Make Pinwheels in 5 Simple Steps: 

  1. Make sure that your puff pastry is THAWED and ready to go! Unroll the puff pastry and place on parchment paper on a large sheet pan. Spread the fig preserves on top, making sure it’s evenly spread with about 1 inch or less of puff pastry left untouched on the sides. Crumble the goat cheese evenly on top of the puff pastry. Spread the brown sugar and thyme evenly as well. 
  2. Gently roll it up into a tight log, making sure nothing is spilling out as you go! Once rolled up, I ended up just rolling my parchment paper around it for convenience. Pop in the freezer for 20 minutes to chill. While it’s chilling, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  3. Once done chilling, remove from the freezer and unroll the log onto the parchment paper. Take a very sharp knife and slice them into ½ inch circles. Repeat until done and place them evenly on top of the parchment paper on the sheet pan. 
  4. Beat an egg in a small bowl to make egg wash and then lightly brush each pastry. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.side by side photos of pre-baked and post baked pinwheels on parchment paper on sheet pan
  5. Serve immediately while warm and garnish with additional brown sugar and thyme. Enjoy a sip of Erath with each bite!  

Best Tips for Success: 

Since we are making sure this recipe is ultra simple, make sure that if you’re using frozen store bought puff pastry, that you give it adequate time to thaw. I usually buy a refrigerated brand of puff pastry to skip this step altogether! 

overhead shot of bite taken out of a pinwheel stacked on top of other pinwheels

Be sure to have a super sharp knife when you are slicing the log into pinwheels. I also found that if I had a towel next to me, it was helpful to clean the knife after each slice as I went. I found that it made for cleaner pinwheels! 

Make sure that when you are rolling the pinwheels up into the log, that all of the filling isn’t coming out of the sides! Make sure it’s a tight roll!

Ingredient Substitutions: 

If you aren’t able to find fig preserves, apricot would be a wonderful substitution. 

If you don’t have fresh thyme, fresh rosemary will also work!

If you’re not a super fan of goat cheese, you could cut up small chunks of brie for the pinwheels. 

Storing Leftovers: 

I think these are best enjoyed the day of, however, if you find yourself with leftovers, simply store them in a tightly sealed container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and heat them back up when you want to enjoy one!

close up shot of bite taken out of pinwheel

I hope you all love this recipe as much as I do! Cheers!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Bites 

Baked Brie with Apricot Preserves

Cheesy Garlic Butter Stuffed Mushrooms 

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Fig and Goat Cheese Pinwheels

These Fig and Goat Cheese Pinwheels are the ultimate unique and delicious holiday treat! Creamy goat cheese, perfectly sweet fig preserves and thyme makes these flaky pastries ultra delicious!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword easy appetizer, easy appetizer recipe, fig and goat cheese pinwheels, fig preserves, puff pastry pinwheels
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 1 thawed sheet puff pastry (13.2 oz) 
  • ½ cup fig preserves 
  • 4 oz log goat cheese, crumbed 
  • 4-5 sprigs Fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar 
  • 1 large egg, for egg wash

Instructions

  1. Unroll the thawed puff pastry and place on parchment paper. Spread the fig preserves on top - making sure it’s evenly spread with about 1 inch or less of puff pastry still left untouched on the sides. 

  2. Crumble the goat cheese evenly on top of the fig preserves. Add the brown sugar and fresh thyme, making sure it’s evenly spread.

  3. Gently roll it up into a log, making sure the roll stays tight and nothing is spilling out as you go. Once rolled, I rolled up my parchment paper around it. 

  4. Pop the roll in the freezer to chill for 20 minutes. 

  5. Remove and spread out the parchment paper. Use a SHARP knife to slice them in ½ inch pinwheels. I found that wiping my knife after each cut was beneficial. 

  6. Once sliced, spread them evenly out on the parchment paper on a large sheet pan. 

  7. In a small bowl, beat one large egg to make an egg wash. Lightly brush the tops of the pastries with the egg wash.

  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastries are golden and flaky!

  9. Garnish with sprinkles of additional brown sugar and thyme. Enjoy while warm!

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    These were so good. Our Christmas visitors loved them and they were the perfect little fancy appetizer. The flavor of the fig and goat cheese together just works so well.

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