Quick Baklava Cups: Bite-Sized Treats with All the Flavor

The Halal Planet - Quick Baklava Cups: Bite-Sized Treats with All the Flavor
The Halal Planet - Quick Baklava Cups: Bite-Sized Treats with All the Flavor

Baklava is a classic dessert in Greek, Turkish, and Arabic cuisines. It is a type of delicious pastry filled with chopped nuts and covered in honey syrup, formed from delicate layers of phyllo dough. It comes in a variety of forms with interesting flavors and fillings.

Baklava cups are little bite-sized cups which are an ideal dessert for a celebration. They have all the classic baklava's crispy, flaky, syrupy-sweet flavor. However, they are much easier to prepare.

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Learn how to make small baklava in phyllo cups, which are easily available from the freezer section of any grocery store. You also learn to make an easy homemade honey syrup. Rather than laying sheet after sheet of phyllo dough by hand, these little baklava bites are made with traditional nut filling, and syrup. They are more akin to tiny baklava tarts.


  • Baked Nuts: Traditional baklava recipes call for walnuts and pistachios, but you may also use almonds, cashews, pecans, or hazelnuts.
  • Dates: Dates add a naturally sweet and almost caramelized flavor to this dish after baking. Hence, less sugar is needed in this recipe.
  • Sugar: You only need one tablespoon of sugar to make these mini baklavas! You can use brown or coconut sugar instead of the granulated white sugar that I recommend.
  • Spices: Add more warm, aromatic spices like as cardamom, ginger, or allspice. Here, cinnamon, cloves, and salt are the main spices used.
  • Butter: All it takes to provide a rich, soothing flavor and scrumptiously crisp texture to your nut filling is a small amount of melted butter. Use coconut oil as a replacement if necessary.
  • Phyllo Shells: Look for prepared small phyllo pastry shells in the freezer department of your local grocery store! To prepare this simple recipe for baklava cups, you will need at least 3 packages, as they usually come in packs of 15 shells each.
  • Honey Syrup: You can make a simple honey syrup at home using just water, sugar, honey, and lemon juice to glaze your little baklava tarts! This is a famous ingredient that takes only 15 minutes to prepare in traditional baklava recipes.

How to Make Honey Syrup?


  • ½ cup of cold water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
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  • Start by filling a saucepan with half a cup of cold water. Stir in the granulated sugar.
  • After the sugar has dissolved, whisk in one tablespoon of lemon juice and honey. Make sure everything is properly combined.
  • After bringing the mixture to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat and allow the honey syrup to steep for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Or until it begins to thicken. It should have a syrupy consistency and be liquid enough to pour over the baklava cups.
  • After taking the pot off of the burner, leave the honey syrup aside.

Mini Baklava Cups

Stuffing Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup walnuts
  • ⅓ cup pistachios, shelled
  • ⅓ cup hazelnuts, or almonds
  • ⅓ cup pitted dates, rough chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 3 packs mini phyllo pastry shells, (45 shells total, 15 per pack)


  • Toast the nuts:

Spread out your preferred nuts evenly on a baking sheet and toast them at 350°F until fragrant and brown. This should take ten to fifteen minutes. Let them cool before making the nut mixture.

  • For the filling mixture:

Pulse your melted butter, sugar, spices, toasted almonds, and dates in a food processor. keep pulsing until the mixture is well-combined and finely chopped.

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  • Fill your tiny phyllo shells:

Take out your frozen phyllo cups and place them on a baking sheet that has been lined; there's no need to thaw them. Spoon about 1 tsp or more of your nut filling into each phyllo cup. (I prefer to stuff them so they're lovely and full!)

  • Bake the baklava cups at 350°F for 10 minutes:

There's no need to cook phyllo pastry cups because they are cooked through before they are frozen. Simply bake until the phyllo cups are crisp and browned and the nut filling is heated through.

  • Finally, drizzle the honey syrup:

Once the little baklava bites are cooked completely, take them out of the oven.

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Drizzle them with the honey syrup while still warm. Top each baklava cup with about ½ tsp of syrup.

  • Before eating, chill or give it a rest:

Before serving, place your tiny baklava in the refrigerator (or let it sit at room temperature) for at least five hours to let the syrup to seep into the filling and phyllo cups.

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FAQ's About Baklava

What are the different variations in Baklava?

  • Varieties of baklava is made only by variation in filling and the drizzles.The center of the syrup-drenched baklava is filled with chopped walnuts or pistachios, rather than a mixture of nuts as an alternate.
  • The syrup may be flavored with aromatics like cardamom, rose water, or orange blossom water, depending on the region in which it is made.

Which Baklava is the best?

The most well-known Baklava is Kuru Baklava.

Which country has the best Baklava?

  • Baklava from Turkey is cherished the most. You can find any kind of nut in baklava, although pistachios are the most popular and desired variety.
  • The airy, flaky texture and sweetness of Syrian baklava is also well-known.

What is the difference between Greek and Turkish Baklava

Turkish baklava is typically made using a light neutral oil, whilst Greek baklava is typically made with melted butter. The Greek version of baklava uses walnuts, with a little almond, the Turkish version mainly uses pistachios.

Why is baklava expensive?

Baklava is made using premium quality ingredients like butter, sugar, phyllo dough, and nuts (typically walnuts or pistachios). These ingredients are expensive, especially if you're using high-quality nuts.

How long can we store Baklava?

Baklava keeps well for at least two weeks in storage. It ought to be kept refrigerated or at room temperature in an airtight container. Retaining the crispness requires room temperature storage. Keep your baklava in the fridge if you prefer it chewy and somewhat firmer.

Can Baklava be froze?

Baklava can be wrapped and frozen for up to four months after it has baked and cooled fully.


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