Mini Baklava Cups

We all know bite size desserts are irresistibly good and I believe you are going to love these crispy little two bite Mini Baklava Cups. With their crisp, tissue thin layers of pastry topped with chopped mixed nuts coated in a lemony honey syrup, it will be hard for you to eat just one of these delicious mini nut cups.

Mini Baklava Cups

Mini Baklava Cups

If you are like me and invite friends over for a spur of the moment dinner, you more than likely will want to serve something sweet at the end of the meal. Fruit, ice cream or a store bought cake or pie are an easy option but they don’t offer much in the way of imagination. These tasty mini baklava cups are simple to prepare and serve, making them perfect for the your last minute meal yet they are pretty enough to serve at your fanciest of dinner parties. Your family and guests are going to love these little bite size morsels of crunchy sweetness…so much so, that you might want to double or even triple the recipe.

Mini Ballava Cups Are So Delicious That You Will Want To Double Or Triple The Recipe

Mini Baklava Cups Are So Delicious That You Will Want To Double Or Triple The Recipe

Mini Baklava Cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Makes 15 cups, adjust the recipe according

  • 1 pkg. mini fillo shells (I used Athens)
  • 1 c. chopped nuts (I used pistachio, pecan and almond)
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon


  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

In a small sauce pan, heat honey, butter, zest and cinnamon over low heat just until butter melts. Add the nuts and mix well. Spoon the nut mixture into each shell. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until nuts are lightly toasted.

Combine syrup ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the mixture becomes syrupy. Cool slightly and pour a spoonful of warm syrup over each shell, let soak in a minute and then repeat. Refrigerate the filled shells for about an hour for the syrup to thicken. Remove the shells at least 15 minutes before serving.

Stored in an airtight container, they stay crunchy for a few days if they last that long.


While true baklava only has a few ingredients, it is time consuming and it can be tedious working with the delicate phyllo (also spelled fillo) dough . Instead of making a large tray of baklava, why don’t you try these yummy bite size treats that even a novice cook can put together quickly. Delicate cups of flaky pastry filled with chopped nuts and warm honey, they are simply irresistable. I believe that you will enjoy the lemon component in this dessert as it nicely offsets the sweetness of the honey, giving them a tantalizing flavor that is found in many Mediterranean desserts.



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63 Responses to Mini Baklava Cups

  1. What a fabulous idea. Pinning this one to try soon.

  2. I am drooling over those crunchy nutty beauties! I probably would end up finishing the whole batch myself 🙂

  3. Amy K says:

    Do you put the lemon zest in with the butter/nut mixture and when? While heating or after?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, I put the zest in while the butter was melting but the whole process takes only a mere matter of a minute or two so I see no reason why you couldn’t add it with the nuts if you wanted.

  4. Oh Karen, this is right up my alley ~ crispy, chewy goodness! Yes, I’ll have to double or triple the recipe. 🙂

  5. Angela says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  6. These look gorgeous, I wouldn’t be sharing these either!

  7. These are a great idea, Karen!!

  8. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    These are beautiful, Karen – and (honestly) so much less work that putting together a sheet pan of baklava! Yet you get all the flavors!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you David, I’m glad you like the looks of the mini baklava cups. They are way easier than making a large tray of baklava and can be put together in a matter of minutes. I don’t know if I will ever make regular baklava again.

  9. Mad Dog says:

    Delicious – I bet you could sell hundreds of those from the garden gate 🙂

  10. kitchenriffs says:

    Love the idea of these mini cups! Love baklava, but it’s a major pain to make — and eat (so messy, although a good messy). These solve both those problems! Brilliant.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, You are so right about regular baklava being “a major pain to make”. These mini cups have all the flavor but can be made easily in minutes. I appreciate your nice compliment.

  11. Now this is a marvelous idea!!! I love baklava; however, the sticky mess of cutting and dividing them is overwhelming. This is the perfect solution and what a fantastic presentation.

    • Karen says:

      A big HI to you Tin Man, you have been missed…so very good to hear from you. I’m glad you like the mini baklava cups. They are way easier to make than a big sheet of regular baklava. Thank you for your nice compliment and don’t be a stranger. 😀

  12. Karen, I love baklava and your creation is adorable and easy to make . I have never seen mini fillo shells. Where can I get them?

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Gerlinde. You find the mini fillo cups in the freezer section of your grocery store. They should be right next to the frozen fillo sheets that you would use to make regular baklava.

  13. This looks so very tasty! 🙂

  14. Karen says:

    I appreciate your nice compliment Ronit, Believe me, the mini baklava cups taste even better than they look.

  15. It’s another stormy day with lots of wind and rain. These Mini Baklava Cups would surely brighten my afternoon cup of chai!

  16. cheri says:

    Hi Karen, what a brilliant idea, love bite-sized treats and baklava is something that everyone loves in my family. Very impressive!

  17. These look delicious. I definitely have to make this recipe.

  18. These are simply adorable. What is it about miniature anything?? LOL!
    Hope you’re having a nice winter, Karen

  19. A_Boleyn says:

    The miniature cups look delicious. Once I’ve used the package of full sized sheets that’s been lounging in my freezer for ages, I’ll have to keep an eye out for them. I bet a savoury version (feta cheese, egg and spinach) would be tasty as well and a lot more convenient than making triangles. 🙂

  20. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, Karen. Your Mini Baklava Cups look absolutely amazing – such a great way to enjoy this traditional treat! I’d love for you to share them at the Hearth and Soul Link Party which is open on my blog until Saturday night.

  21. Wow Karen! these are perfect!! I love the flavors and spent an afternoon making baklava with my Armenian friend Betty– but it was slow and painstaking work! This looks just as delicious and so much easier! thanks thanks!! xo

  22. chrisscheuer415 says:

    This is a wonderful idea! Love the simplicity and yet the same delicious flavor!

  23. These are so cute and definitely look easier than regular baklava!


  24. Gary Lum says:

    Mmm…I love baklava Karen. While mini cups are good, I’d probably want to eat an entire tray of them 😃😋

  25. restlessjo says:

    Scrummylicious! 🙂 🙂

  26. I bet your NH friends and neighbors miss you. 🙂 Looks beyond delicious.

  27. Cathy says:

    Oh, what a fantastic idea Karen! I have always wanted to try making Baklava, but it seems so daunting with working the filo pastry. I will have to see if I can find such filo cups here. It sounds delicious! 🙂

  28. Looks like a great dessert, Karen. Thanks so much for the recipe. I don’t think these would stick around for very long. 🙂

  29. I love preparing baklava and these cups look so adorable. You gave me great idea how to model them next time!

  30. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things says:

    Oh, I love this, Karen! Perfect when there’s just the two of us. I did not know you could buy mini phyllo cups… wonder if they’re available in Australia.

  31. Ooh lovely and perfect with a little cup of coffee!

  32. marymtf says:

    Love baklava. They’re the grown up offering of those once loved chocolate crackles I used to eat at birthday parties as a kid.

  33. Ooooo … how lovely! so naughty but nice ! well done, and thank you!

  34. It looks so tasty, and perfect bite-sized too!

  35. Linda says:

    What a wonderful treat. I have never made Baklava. I need to try some sometimes. Cute presentation as well.

  36. What an inspiration! Baklava is so tedious to make that it never gets done unless you are cooking for the annual Greek festival. These make it easy besides delicious.

  37. These look so tasty! I’ve never seen fillo cups for sale here though. I’ll have to see if I can find some.

  38. Although I don’t often use the word to describe food, I think these mini-baklavas are absolutely precious, Karen. My little cooking student (who just turned 12) just might be ready for a phyllo lesson. (He loved your mini-cheesecakes.)

  39. We love baklava in this family. I’ve always wanted to make it but honestly thought it was too complicated and never thought to look for a recipe – now I have one! Thanks so much for the recipe. Since your last post was such a hit I believe I’ll try this one too!

  40. Wonderful idea! I’ve become addicted to using these little phyllo pastry cups. So convenient and easy to make lots of tasty things. Your little baklava tarts look amazing.

  41. Thank you Karen, for your blog visit. I am glad to meet you. Looks like you are a fabulous cook and love to travel also. I will be reading some of your back travel posts. I spy a Michelin three star restaurant in your archives I want to check out.

  42. Darlene says:

    These look delicious and just the right size!!

  43. Baklava is one of my favorite desserts – but it can be messy for get togethers. The way you’ve assembled these totally resolves the problem. I bet these would disappear in minutes and I’m impressed with how simple they are to make.

  44. I love baklava and these cups are the perfect bite-sized indulgence!

  45. agshap says:

    What a great idea! Love baklava and never thought of doing a mini version – and so much easier to eat….thanks

  46. These look perfect! I love how bite sized these are. Meaning I can eat more, right? 😉

  47. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . these look delightful. I really like that they are bite-sized.

  48. 2 Sisters Recipes says:

    What a delicious idea – and so easy to put together! We have friends over all the time for small dinner parties and this would be so simple to make- and perfect to serve. I bet they taste fabulous! Thanks for great idea for a little dessert!

  49. eliotthecat says:

    My FiL loves baklava and these would be perfect to make to send to him!

  50. That looks so tasty…and much easier than the traditional way! I’m pinning this one!

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