Quick & easy Baklava – all the rich, gooey, crispy deliciousness without the fuss!
Baklava Bites. Seriously. This recipe will be a game changer for all the honey, walnut and phyllo lovers. It takes just a few minutes and absolutely no effort to put together. You’ll have baklava at your fingertips – effortlessly, anytime. No more trips to the special bakery or waiting for the Greek Food Festival for this delightful pastry – the power is yours! 🙂
Let’s talk about baklava, shall we? Depending on who you talk to, it’s a Greek or Turkish pastry. No need to debate where it originated from, I’ll just focus on what we all know for sure. It’s an absolutely heavenly dessert. Those light & crisp flaky layers of phyllo smothered in walnuts and honey. My, oh my. At one time this dessert would have only been enjoyed by royalty and the rich.
There’s almost a hype to baklava in America. People think it’s an overly complex dessert to make. Apparently it’s something only Greek Grandma’s & Great Grandma’s can properly make. Not so. Baklava isn’t really complicated – layer phyllo, nuts and honey – anyone can do it.
Now, if you’re adventurous enough to make your own phyllo, that’s where it gets (just a wee bit) complicated. I’ve made it a few times – you’ll never guess with who – a Greek Great Grandmom 🙂 Anyhow, it’s not overly difficult, it just requires some time, attention and a little finesse. If you enjoy phyllo, then making it yourself should be something to put on your rainy day “to do list”….
Not today, though. We’re keeping the phyllo scenario simple. Real simple. I buy these premade little phyllo tart cups. (Athens brand. I’m not sure if there are other brands and I’m not sponsored to endorse this product – I just love it!) I keep them around for these desserts and also for a quickie spanakopita.
Anyhow, all I’m doing is melting the butter, mixing in the rest of the ingredients and filling it in the phyllo cups. Pop them in the oven and in a few minutes you’ll have perfectly delicious., quick & easy baklava.
Really, that’s it. Let them cool and enjoy. You’ll be impressed with just how easy & perfectly delicious this baklava is. If you’re so kind to share, everyone who tastes your heavenly dessert creation will be impressed. Seriously. Make these baklava bites. You can thank me later 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Baking!
Quick & easy Baklava - all the rich, gooey, crispy deliciousness without the fuss!
- 1 package of mini phyllo/fillo shells I used Athens brand - there's 15 shells
- 4 tablespoon walnuts heaping
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoon honey
- pinch of cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350° Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchament paper.
- Crush walnuts. I put them in a ziploc sandwich bag and do a few go overs with a rolling pin.
- Add butter and brown sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30-45 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir. (You could do this stovetop in a small saucepan if you prefer)
- Stir in walnuts, a pinch of cinnamon and honey until everything is sticky and combined.
- Evenly fill phyllo cups with walnut mixture, about 1 heaping teaspoon per cup.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Some mixture might ooze out of sides, this is fine.
- Let cool on cookie sheet. Garnish with additional walnuts if desired. Enjoy.
Thao @ In Good Flavor
I love these mini baklava bites! What an awesome quick and easy alternative to making baklava the tradition way! Pinning!
Thanks so much, Thao. Quick & easy to make and quick & easy to eat – I ate almost a whole batch myself 🙂
Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'!
I’ve never been brave enough to take on Baklava but this I could handle! Looks great!!
Thanks Erin! I’ll give you fair warning – baklava making this easy is addictive lol 🙂
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
Yum! Perfect little delicious bites 🙂 !!
Thanks so much Dawn 🙂
Gluten allergy here, but I would obliterate 🙂
Thanks Jess! So we gotta find some gluten-free phyllo cups for you!!! 🙂
Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
I love your baklava bites, they look amazing.
Awwww…thanks so much Dawn 🙂
You had me at honey and walnuts. These look addicting!
Thanks Stephanie! They totally are addicting! Baklava deliciousness + ridiculously easy to make = me eating these things way too often! Lol 🙂
My daughter in law just told me last week that she loves baklava so I began searching for an easy recipe (if there was such a thing) to make the next time I see her. That’s when I came across your recipe and I can’t wait to try it out for her. Thanks so much for sharing!
Hi Sherri! I hope you enjoy!
I need to make ahead of time for a “SURPRISE Mama Mia Birthday Party.” Can you bake the Baklava Bites, then freeze them? If so, how long to defrost? Any suggestions?
looking forward to trying these over the weekend for a Greek Feast friends are preparing..I’m on duty for dessert so thank you for this quick and what seems to be yummy recipe!!!
These look so cute and delicious!! Would these be good if I served them the next day?
If I make this a day in advance, are they as good?
Made these today and AMAZING!!! This recipe captured the flavors you want in a traditional baklava. Thank you, thank you for sharing. So easy to make, you have to try this.
These are amazing! I’ve made them several times, sometimes adding chocolate, coconut, or both. Is it possible to use your recipe to make baklava using the phyllo sheets?