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Pimiento Cheese Spirals

These super easy pimiento cheese spirals, made with refrigerated crescent roll dough, are cheesy and buttery and work great as an appetizer or as rolls served with supper.

Three Pimento Cheese Spirals on a plate.

Start With Crescent Dough

I love using crescent roll dough for just about anything and everything. It really is a busy cooks best friend. It tastes wonderful and it is a huge time saver. Of course crescent rolls taste divine on their own, but they also taste superb when stuffed with savory or sweet fillings (check out these Reese’s Crescent Rolls.)

Baked Spirals on a plate and in a basket.

What Is Pimento Cheese?

Pimiento Cheese has been a southern staple for generations. There are variations in how it is made, but it is essentially a mixture of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise (sometimes cream cheese), and diced pimientos, the taste of which is almost identical to roasted red peppers.

More Ways To Use Pimento Cheese

Traditionally pimiento cheese has been served as an appetizer spread with crackers or as a sandwich filling between 2 squishy pieces of white bread, but these days it is being used in all kinds of creative ways- on burgers, Pimiento Cheese Pizzas, omelets, in jalapeno poppers, squash casserole, and even Fried Pimiento Balls! It is so much fun to use it to give that special southern flair to almost any savory dish.

Close-Up of Pimento Cheese Spirals.

To fill these crescent roll spirals, I’ve just made a simple pimiento spread of mayo, cream cheese, cheddar cheese (you should grate your own instead of using pre-shredded. The flavor is so much better.), pimientos, and a little ground red pepper.

You could use another pimiento cheese to make these or even a store-bought pimiento cheese, but you want a fairly thick spread so if yours is heavy on the mayo, you may want to add some more cheese to it.

Pimento cheese spread on crescent dough.

How To Make

Open up a can of crescent rolls, lay the dough out flat, and press the seams together. Spread with the pimiento cheese mixture, roll up, and cut into small cinnamon roll size pieces. This is the hardest part because the dough wants to squish down when you cut it. But you can reshape them a little once cut. Bake in the oven for 13 to 15 minutes for a delicious cheese-filled southern treat.

Pimento Cheese Spirals in a basket.

Pimiento Cheese Spirals

Refrigerated crescent roll dough stuffed with pimiento cheese and cut into spirals. Makes easy and tasty rolls!
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes


  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimientos, drained well
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (8-count) refrigerated crescent rolls


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • With an electric mixer or wooden spoon, beat together all ingredients except crescent dough.
  • Unroll dough and press seams together.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture on dough.
  • Starting on 1 long side, roll up dough.
  • Cut into 16 slices and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.


Note- Depending on how many pimientos you want in your pimiento cheese, you may not want to use all of the 4-ounce jar. You be the judge.


Calories: 185kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breads
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Crescent roll recipes, pimento cheese

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Originally posted April 2, 2014.

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9 thoughts on “Pimiento Cheese Spirals”

  1. Love how easy and tasty these look and sound! They would make perfect appetizers to serve especially when you’re in a pinch 🙂

  2. Eat Your Heart Out sent me here (Stephie is my daughter). Loving these…I’m scared to change up my pimento cheese recipe for fear that my grandmother might haunt me or something (just kidding…sort of). However, what a banner idea to put it in crescent rolls! I need to try this. Can’t have too many southern recipes, so I’m looking forward to trying yours. Unsweetened cornbread all of the way!! (Sugar, stay the heck away from my cornbread. That would be nasty in my pot likker). lol

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Definitely can’t have too many southern recipes 🙂 and it’s probably always a bad thing to mess with grandmother’s recipes!
      Thanks for stopping by and please than Stephie for me!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      It’s definitely an easy and delicious dessert and I love that you make it ahead of time and let all the flavors come together in the refrigerator. Have a great weekend Aimee! I am loving your new lemon tree 🙂

  3. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I got VERY excited when I saw the title of these in my Feedly, and I wasn’t disappointed! These look scrumptious Christin!

  4. Homemade fresh pimento sounds incredibly YUM!!!!
    Baking it in these crescent rolls sounds incredibly delicious!

  5. Oh these buns must have been delicious! Can only imagine their taste while they are still warm 🙂

  6. These look like a fun and delicious replacement for bread rolls! My kids would be all over these for sure. 🙂

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