Baklava Cups

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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!

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Baklava Cups

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cups 1x


These baklava cups make for a simple and delicious dessert!



  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place phyllo cups on a baking sheet.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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70 comments on “Baklava Cups”

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

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

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

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

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

  10. 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!

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

  12. I love baklava, these cups are brilliant!

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

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

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

  16. 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. :)

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

  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!

  19. 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! ;)

  20. 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!

  21. 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

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

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

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

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

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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!

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

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

  31. 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!

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

  33. 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!

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

    • 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.

  34. This is going to be dangerous!

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  36. can these cups be frozen

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  46. I made these for thanksgiving, they were awesome!  Can’t wait to make them again!!

  47. I just have to tell you, I made these baklava cups for a cookie exchange party today, and I am so thrilled!  Every year my friend throws a cookie exchange, and every year I try a different cookie, usually with disastrous outcomes (it takes way longer than I expect, there are too many tedious steps, etc.)  Earlier this year I found this recipe via Pinterest and made them–and they are so delicious!  Immediately I said to myself, these are going to be my cookie exchange offerings this Christmas! So, I had to multiply the recipe by 5 in order to have enough to bring, and I discovered that by making that much I should have really only used about 4 1/2 cups of nuts, since I had about 1/2 c. leftover (which we are going to have sprinkled over some ice cream, so win-win!)  But I would still keep the same amount of butter and honey.  The honey drizzle at the end is KEY to keeping the consistency more like regular baklava.  Packing up these cuties now, and just wanted to say thank you for this fantastic recipe!

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  49. I just made these! I’m greek and never make baklava because it seems so daunting and difficult. These satisfied my greek craving and were so beautiful. I put a single dark chocolate chip in each cup before adding the nuts, because you can never have enough antioxidants!  Thanks for the genius idea.