December 12th, 2014

Baklava Bites

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If you’ve ever made baklava, you know it can be a tedious process. Well, now you can have all the flavors of baklava without all the work, thanks to these delicious little Baklava Bites.

Baklava Bites

Really, this is just brilliant. I wish I’d thought of it myself.

You simply mix some chopped nuts, spices and honey (I like to add a bit of orange zest) and fill pre-made phyllo cups–cook for just a few minutes and that’s it! Baklava!

My family was skeptical about whether these would taste enough like “regular” baklava to be considered a legitimate substitution. But after trying them, they all agreed–Baklava Bites are the real deal!

You can use just about any combination of chopped nuts you’d like, but I always include pistachios.  Just keep a close eye on these once you pop them in the oven.

They don’t need to bake long and can overcook quickly!

Be sure to save this Baklava Bites recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.


Baklava Bites

Baklava Bites

Pre-made phyllo cups mean you can have all the flavors of traditional baklava without all the work!


  • 1 (15-count) package mini phyllo cups
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place phyllo cups on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together chopped nuts, , orange zest, melted butter, honey and cinnamon until well combined. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the nut mixture into each phyllo cup.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted. Cool completely before serving. Drizzle with extra honey before serving, if desired.
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  1. This is great. I can remember helping my grandmother make baklava in the heat of the summer in her extremely hot kitchen. It wasn’t fun. These look delicious and easy!

  2. I do love baklava but only have it in restaurants. I could do this! They look good. 🙂

  3. I love traditional baklava. Definitely a great idea to turn baklava into little bites – so perfect for the upcoming Christmas entertaining period!

  4. Hi- looks delicious and easy. How far ahead can I make these and store in sealed container? Making cookies for a wedding and my son loves Baklava. Thank you!

    • I would not make it very far ahead. The filling makes the filo dough a bit soggy after sitting for a while. You could make the filling several days ahead though, and then fill the cups the day of, or possibly the night before.

  5. These look amazing! – I’m thinking of making them for our wedding, fresh out of the oven isn’t an option, do you think they’ll still be wedding-worthy served room temperature? Thanks 🙂

    • I actually serve them at room temperature, just like baklava, so it would work great. You can even make them ahead and freeze them. The premade filo cups cups come in little trays. I just put them back in the trays and then cover them and stick them in the freezer.

  6. Rose Adams says:

    I can’t find these pre-made phyllo cups in Australia. If I layered 3-4 small squares of regular phyllo pastry in little tart tins would I have to blind bake them like pastry? I think 8-10 minutes with raw pastry would not cook the pastry properly and longer would burn the nuts. I love the recipe idea and want to try it. Any suggestions?

    • Yes, I think blind baking would work well. The pre-made cups are pre-baked, so I think blind baking would give you a similar result.


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