Growing up, one of my favorite parts of Christmas was going to my Godparents’ house on Christmas Eve morning. With a house full of family friends — and presents — it was always the signal that Christmas was finally here.

And of all the wonderful things they had to eat there, the best by far were sausage pinwheels, passed around in a basket that was quickly empty. Here’s a quick way to make these delicious holiday apps so you can enjoy them as part of your Christmas traditions as well.


  • 1 pound sausage roll, at room temperature
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crescent roll dough


  1. Remove the crescent roll dough from the can. Do not separate rolls. On top of a piece of plastic wrap or aluminum foil, pinch the triangles together and then pinch the rectangles together to form a long rectangle that is about 18 x 4 inches, gently pulling dough as needed.
  2. Carefully spread the sausage in an even layer over the dough. Roll the dough lengthwise to form a long roll. Wrap in the plastic wrap or foil. Freeze for 15 minutes. (Pro tip: get a pair of latex gloves to spread the sausage, or you’ll have greasy hands the rest of the day.)
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a serrated knife, cut dough into 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the sausage is cooked through. Drain off any juices. Serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers.