Crispy, salty, cheesey; these cheese and marmite pinwheels are a lunchbox favourite! The yeasty flavoured Marmite enhances the cheese flavour, making these the king of cheese pinwheels! Like my ham and cheese pinwheels, samosa pinwheels, and spinach pesto pinwheels, they are easy to make, and loved by toddlers and kids!
Why we love this recipe
- It has just 3 ingredients
- Easy recipe – this is a great recipe for kids to make too.
- Great for lunchboxes – and a delicious vegetarian lunchbox idea.
- Cheese and Marmite are a match made in heaven.
- Marmite – the British yeast based spread that you either love or hate 😉 You can get it in Australia, but you can also sub Vegemite for marmite. The salty yeasty spread goes so well with cheese!
- Cheese – cheddar, a mild tasty cheese. Grate it yourself to avoid the coatings in ready grated cheese.
- Puff pastry – I use Pampas frozen puff pastry sheets that are approx. 160g (5.5oz) each. If you are in the UK, you can use a third of a 500g block of Jus-roll puff pastry.
How to make these easy puff pastry pinwheels
(These are for guidance only, for detailed recipe please see recipe card at the bottom of the post.)
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Spread the Marmite over a sheet of puff pastry.
- Sprinkle over the grated cheese.
- Roll up the pastry.
- Make a log shape and then cut slices to form your pinwheels.
- Lay the pinwheels out on the baking sheet and bake until golden.
Yes you can freeze puff pastry pinwheels. Once baked, leave them to cool. Once completely cold, freeze them on a tray, not touching. When the pinwheels are frozen, transfer to a bag or container and freeze for up to 2 months.
No, don’t put Marmite in the fridge! It will become rock hard and impossible to spread.
Yes Marmite is suitable for vegetarians.
My recipe tips
- If it is a warm day, once you have rolled your pinwheels, place the pastry in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up before slicing the pinwheels, this makes it easier to cut them and help them keep their shape.
- Grate your own cheddar cheese – ready grated cheese is coated in cellulose to stop it sticking together.
- Fridge: These pinwheels will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Freezer: These pinwheels will freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and reheat in a moderate oven at 150˚C/300˚F for 5 minutes to make them crisp again
More kid friendly lunchbox ideas/snacks
These recipes are all vegetarian too.
Cheese and Marmite Pinwheels
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 2 teaspoons Marmite (or Vegemite)
- 75 g cheddar cheese grated
- Preheat the oven to 190˚C fan/ 210˚C / 375˚F convection / 410˚F.
- Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
- Spread the sheet of puff pastry with an even layer of Marmite.
- Sprinkle over the grated cheese in an even layer.
- Carefully roll from one end to a tight log.
- Using a sharp serrated knife, carefully cut slices 1cm (½ inch) thick.
- Place the pinwheels on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space in between them.
- Place them in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
- Cool slightly before serving.
- The pinwheels are best served warm or at room temperature.