Ham and Cheese Pinwheels – A Kid-Pleasing Lunch!

These ham and cheese pinwheels are easy to make and fun to eat. They’re a perfect option for a picky eater’s lunch box and friends, they are a PERFECT lunch recipe for kids.

Easy back to school lunch ideas ham and cheese pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels – Perfect Lunch Recipe for Kids

Getting the kids into the kitchen to help with preparing school lunches is a great idea to actually get them to eat their lunch.

When our daughter started school, it was a struggle because she would:

  • socialize during lunch
  • nibble on her lunch (always the easy-to-eat vegetables or fruit)
  • be starving when she came home

I began having her help me prepare her lunches and when we made fun lunch ideas like these pinwheels, she actually ate her lunch!

Make these easy ham and cheese pinwheels and you will have a school lunch they will actually eat!

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Mix Up the Cream Cheese Flavors for This Pinwheel Recipe

This recipe makes 6-8 pinwheels which is about 2.5 servings. Because you’re making 2 tortilla’s worth of yummy ham and cheese pinwheels, consider changing up the cream cheese flavors.

Kids will love regular cream cheese, but these are very tasty with a garden or chive and onion and garden vegetable.

how to make a pinwheel


Assemble with Style – Pinwheel Recipes are Fun for Kids

This is the perfect recipe to get the kids in the kitchen! Their little hands will need help rolling, but the rest can be done by them with minimal supervision.

If you’re making these a lot for school lunches (you will be), consider picking up reusable food picks. My daughter loves picking out new designs. We have a few from Amazon:

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Over to You

What are your favorite school lunch ideas? Share them below. Be sure to check our pizza pinwheels – also a HUGE hit with everyone!

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Ham and Cheese Pinwheels - A Kid-Pleasing Lunch!

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

These ham and cheese pinwheels are easy to make and fun to eat. They're a perfect option for a picky eater's lunch box.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 2 large tortillas, look for "burrito size"
  • 4 leaves lettuce, we used Romaine
  • 10-12 slices deli ham, 1 small package
  • 8 slices cheese
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese


  1. Lay the tortillas flat and spread about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on each.
  2. Next, layer the ham onto the tortillas.
  3. On top of the ham, add lettuce.
  4. The last ingredient, add on the 4 slices of cheese to each tortilla.
  5. Roll the tortillas tightly and slice into 2-inch sections.
  6. Use a toothpick or reusable food picks to secure each wheel.
  7. Serve these immediately or store in the refrigerator. Pack a school lunch with a cool pack. how to make a pinwheel


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 608mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 13g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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