Mini Baklava Cups

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

Dessert | November 16, 2016 | By

Mini Baklava Cups ~ quick, simple, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

Happy National Baklava Day! I don’t know who makes up national food days, but I for one am grateful they do. I originally created Mini Baklava Cups for Easter but when I started thinking about Thanksgiving desserts beyond pumpkin pie, Mini Baklava Cups kept popping up in my mind.

Since my blog has seen an explosion of new traffic over the last few months ~ yay! ~ I decided it would be a good time to repost this recipe.

Mini phyllo cups are filled with a finely chopped nut mixture flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon. . .a miniature, easier, no fail version of classic baklava, portion-controlled and every bite delicious.

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

Monday morning and part of the afternoon my website was down. I’m talking completely kaput. I called my web host and though the customer service department couldn’t have been any nicer, they didn’t know what the problem was so they couldn’t estimate when it would come back up. Gulp. Not the words I was hoping to hear.

It’s like when your electricity goes out at home. You call the power company and then you wait. . .and wait. Thankfully they had A Gouda Life back up by late afternoon. What a relief. Thank you Bluehost!

But back to Mini Baklava Cups. I’ve made Sunny Anderson’s Baklava Cups many times, but I prefer this streamlined version which also has less sugar.

If you’re taking a dessert to Thanksgiving dinner or any get-together, they’re ideal because they’re simple to make at home and transport so you’re not tying up the oven at your host’s house. They’re actually better made ahead too because it gives the flavors a chance to meld together.

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

I found the best prices for nuts at my ALDI and they can’t be beat for cheese and wine either. In typical fashion, I went in for nuts and came out with, among other things, a box Truffle Macaroni and Cheese that turned out to be almost gourmet-level ~ super rich and creamy.

Mini Baklava Cups Instructions:

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

Give all the nuts a fine chop with a large sharp knife or load them into a food processor and pulse several times until you get what I’ll call rustic chopped ~ still some bite to them. Them add them to the bowl.

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

Stir in the lemon zest, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, salt and vanilla. In a small bowl blend the honey and hot tap water. Set about 2 tablespoons of this mixture aside for later, the rest goes into the bowl with the nuts and combine. 

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper for easier cleanup. Place the mini phyllo cups on a baking sheet a couple of inches apart.

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

Fill the cups with about 1 heaping teaspoon per cup, then bake for 8-10 minutes until the nuts are lightly toasted. Once they’re done baking, drizzle the remaining honey mixture over the top.

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

An easy, make-ahead bite size dessert. The hardest part is eating just one. Enjoy!

Mini Baklava Cups are a fast, easy, no fail, one-bite dessert ~ phyllo dough cups filled with chopped nuts flavored with honey, butter and cinnamon.

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Mini Baklava Cups
Ingredients
  • 1 - 15 count package of mini phyllo cups
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 - tablespoon of butter melted
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 - tablespoon of hot tap water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Small pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 - tablespoons of sugar
Instructions
  1. Finely chop the nuts and add to a medium size bowl.
  2. Add the lemon zest, sugar, butter, cinnamon, salt and vanilla, stirring to blend.
  3. Blend the honey and hot water.
  4. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of the honey/water, then add the remainder to the nut mixture.
  5. Place the mini phyllo cups on a baking sheet.
  6. Fill the mini phyllo cups - about 1 heaping teaspoon per cup.
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes until nuts are lightly toasted.
  8. Remove from the oven and drizzle the remaining honey-water mixture over the top of each cup

  1. Mary
    March 25, 2016

    Hi Bernie! Just like you I want to cook with easy to find ingredients and be able to pronounce the name. I can pronounce all the ingredients in this recipe…….Winner!!! Looking forward to seeing the movie….loved the first movie. This recipe sounds delicious and easy to make. Pinned. Thanks for sharing. Happy Easter!!!

    • Bernie
      March 26, 2016

      Hi Mary – great minds think alike! Happy Easter to you as well and thank you for pinning and of course, following along. ~ Bernie

  2. Annette Wilson
    March 26, 2016

    Bernie, I’m going to try these. Sweets are my weakness.

    • Bernie
      March 26, 2016

      I have a sweet tooth too but mini desserts relieve some of the guilt 🙂 Let me know how you like them. Happy Easter!