Baklava Cups

April 19, 2013 by Ali

Baklava Cups |

Baklava lovers, huddle up. Now listen closely. Clear eyes…full hearts….

Ok, ok. I may be watching a few too many episodes of Friday Night Lights lately. (And crushing big time on Coach Taylor!)

But seriously, baklava lovers, I clearly and fully believe I have stumbled upon something you must try — these quick and easy Baklava Cups!!

When I saw my friend Kristin’s recipe this week for spanakopita bites, they reminded me that I still had a few leftover boxes of phyllo cups sitting in my freezer. (Always good to have on hand!) And for some reason, her appetizer sparked the idea to turn one of my other favorite phyllo recipes into some little “cups” — baklava! I know that the process of making homemade baklava is fairly complex, but the actual ingredients themselves are super simple — just some nuts, honey, maybe a little butter, and phyllo dough.

So the bite-sized-dessert-lover in me instantly thought it would be fun to try and make baklava with my phyllo cups! I popped over to the Middle-Eastern market across the street and bypassed the real baklava (yes, I live with the temptation every day of fresh baklava being sold a block away!), and instead beelined for the huge bins of nuts. While you can literally make baklava with whatever nut or combination of nuts you want, I decided to go colorful with a mix of pistachios, almonds and walnuts. Then I came home and chopped them up, combined them with some butter, cinnamon and honey, popped them into mini phyllo cups, warmed them in the oven, and then drizzled each with an extra dose of honey. And…then indulged. :)

These baklava cups were amazing!!! They seriously tasted just like the real deal, and were so quick and easy to make. All of those delicious toasted nuts paired perfectly with the crispy phyllo and warm honey, and (bonus!) they don’t even make your fingers sticky when you eat them. I can already tell that this is going to become one of my new go-to desserts to serve to friends.

Phyllo cups for the win!

Baklava Cups |

Baklava Cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 15 cups


  • 1 (15-count) package mini phyllo cups
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds, pecans, or I used a mixture)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place phyllo cups on a baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, stir together chopped nuts, melted butter, honey, cinnamon and salt until evenly combined. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the nut mixture into each phyllo cup until they are filled.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until the nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted but not burned. Remove and drizzle with extra honey before serving. Serve immediately.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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47 thoughts on “Baklava Cups

  1. can these cups be frozen

    - Karen

  2. This is going to be dangerous!

    - Sherry

  3. Hi! These look amazing! I’m going to make them soon! I was wondering can I make them beforehand or do I need to serve immediately when they are warm? Thanks!

    - Joanne

    • Did you ever get a reply about storing these? I want to make them a day ahead of time instead of the day of.

      - Allison

      • Yes, you can make them a day ahead of time if desired. I would just drizzle with extra honey on the day of instead of beforehand.

        - Ali

  4. These baklava cups look even better than actual baklava, if I dare say so!

    - CJ @ Morsels of Life

  5. This look great! I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post tomorrow – stop by and see!

    - danielle

  6. Oh yes – bite-size baklava sounds sinfully delicious!

    - Marly

  7. Wow, these are gorgeous! I adore baklava :)

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  8. These cups look amazing Ali! I love baklava and making cups instead of working hard to layer the pastry sheets is such a great idea!

    - Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

  9. This is brilliant! Baklava is one of my family’s very favorite desserts.

    - Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

  10. haha right there with you on the FNL obsession! I started season 5 last night and I’m already sad that I’m almost done!

    - natalie@thesweetslife

  11. LOVE this! I’ve been wanting to make baklava for ever but this looks so much easier!

    - Samantha @FerraroKitchen

  12. Too cute! I love how simple and pretty these are!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  13. SERIOUSLY brilliant!! I absolutely love these, Ali!

    - Anna (Hidden Ponies)

  14. I’m all about any way to enjoy baklava in such a quick and simple way!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  15. Brilliant recipe! Just pinned to our Pies and Tarts group board at Pinterest. I have a similar recipe and will be posting it this summer. It is slightly different. Gorgeous photography here, ladies! ♥ xo

    - Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

  16. Can you believe I’ve never had baklava before?! Well that sure is going to change when I make these cute little bite-sized cups!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  17. Such a great idea! I LOVE baklava but hardly ever indulge. This will give me an excuse to bring them to a party and enjoy them a lil’ more often! ;)

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  18. Wow – I just saw these on Pinterest and had to click through to tell you how amazingly delicious these look! I’m putting this on the list to make for our next party!

    - Martha@AFamilyFeast

  19. These.are.adorable!!!! I will definitely be trying them. Thank you

    - Sally@Good Dinner Mom

  20. I’ve never used phyllo cups or had baklava! That’s just ridiculous. I can’t fix the phyllo cup thing but I can remedy the baklava problem! Oh, and gorgeous pictures. :)

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  21. coach taylor’s all right, but i was always infatuated with riggins. :)
    these little cups are dynamite–baklava is one of my favorite desserts!

    - grace

  22. Yumm-YYYYY I love baklava! Thanks for the quick idea.

    - Reba - Not So Perfect Life

  23. These look delicious! YUM!

    - Bree {Skinny Mommy}

  24. Oooh these are so fun! Pop-able baklava…could turn in to a problem for me :)

    - steph@stephsbitebybite

  25. I love baklava, these cups are brilliant!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  26. Oh girlfriend, these baklava cups are amazing!! So pretty!!

    - lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  27. Being part Greek, I appreciate this recipe, AND the ease of it! I also like that there’s hardly any butter! I love the sound of spanakopita bites. They’re one of my favorite things!

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  28. These are SOOO CUTE! Phyllo cups are great to work with.

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  29. Oooo, I love this idea, Ali! Such an easy way to bring baklava into my life. :)

    - Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

  30. Yuuuum!!! These were going to be my next creation with those phyllo cups but you saved me the trouble. These look awesome, Ali! :)

    - Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats

  31. Love these! I’ve been obsessed with phyllo cups lately!

    - Rachel Cooks

  32. We are on the same page! I wrote about my love for number #33 yesterday…

    These look amazing. I love baklava but it’s so time intensive to make. These are the perfect sweet nibble!

    - kelley {mountain mama cooks}

  33. FNL Is the best! So sad it is over :(

    Loving these cups!! I have some in my freezer and now I am going to be putting them to use!

    - Tieghan

  34. LOVE these little guys! Such a fun use for phyllo cups!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  35. What an inspired idea – I love that these are little bites of dessert. They would be so fun to serve at a party!

    - Kathryn

  36. This is GENIUS!! And sooooo much easier than the traditional recipe. Plus built in portion control!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl