Baklava Bites

Baklava Bites

There are certain things you MUST like if you are Greek.  You must like Greek coffee,  Ouzo, Feta cheese, olive oil and baklava.

Growing up, my mom would make baklava each Christmas.  The honey drenched, nut filled triangles adorned our cookie trays for most of my childhood.  Now that we are older, my mom has decided it was time to pass the reigns to one of her kids.  Problem is, it’s a lot of work!  I can make baklava, I just choose not too.  Phyllo dough is delicate and dries quickly, you have to work fast.  While we all enjoy eating baklava,  I find it isn’t consumed as quickly, as lets say fudge.  Therefore, I’m not eager to put forth the effort!

This year I decided I wanted to make something with all the wonderful tastes of baklava, but with significantly less work.    I racked my brain desperately trying to find a way to incorporate phyllo, nuts and honey into a stress free dessert.   Then I had that light bulb moment-pre made phyllo shells!  Yes! Yes! Yes!!! So easy, so positively perfect!  Behold the birth of bite size baklava!

I baked white cake into each phyllo shell.  Each mini phyllo cupcake is then topped with honey buttercream.  I  crowned each little cup with walnuts spiced with cloves and cinnamon.

My modern twist on a traditional Greek dessert is outstanding!  Because they are small it is rather hard not eating a dozen at a time!   Go on, I dare YOU to try!

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Baklava Bites
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White cake baked into phyllo shells. Topped with honey flavored buttercream and candied walnuts.
Recipe type: dessert, bite size
Serves: 30
  • 4 1.9 oz boxes of Phyllo shells
  • 1 18.25 oz box of White cake mix (plus ingredients listed on package)
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, In a bowl, combine nuts, egg whites, both sugars, cinnamon and cloves. Bake in oven for 30 minutes. Let nuts cool completely.
  2. Increase oven temperature to 350. Arrange phyllo shells on baking sheets, set aside.
  3. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Using a small cookie scoop, carefully fill each shell, making sure batter does not overflow. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes, or until cake is very lightly toasted around edges and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove to a cooling rack. Meanwhile prepare buttercream.
  4. In a mixer, combine softened butter and honey, mixing until smooth. Carefully mix in powdered sugar. Add heavy cream until frosting is desired consistency, adding more cream or sugar as necessary.
  5. Pipe a small amount of frosting on each cooled phyllo cup. Break a part walnuts and place a small piece onto each cup. Makes 60 cups

Frosting adapted from Tasty Kitchen 

 I’ll be linking this recipe up to these wonderful sites, as well as to Jam Hands, The DIY Dreamer and

31 Responses

  1. I may not be Greek, but I Love baklava! This looks awesome :)

  2. Love baklava, and this recipe looks awesome!

  3. You’re a genius, Tanya! Working with Phyllo can be so frustrating and I don’t do it near enough to become comfortable. As a result, I work slowly and, as you know, that spells failure. Now, these bites will be so much easier for me to tackle. Best of all, they sound real tasty! BUT the recipe makes 30!!! I need to line up a few “tasters” so that I don’t have 30 bites languishing in my kitchen. They surely won’t last long. I’m a rotten treat guard.

    • Thanks John! They WERE tasty, I had trouble keeping them around! Beets doing all that work! They are small, so maybe 15 tasters will do the trick!

    • Happy New Year to you too Wanda Ann!

  4. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

    I am not Greek but I still love all those things. Well the not the Ouzo so much. Kinda kicks me in the pants… = ) This Baklava looks amazing and much easier to work with than the big sheet of Phyllo! I would love to have you come link up at my linky party Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

    • No, I admit, I’m not crazy about Ouzo either, yuk! But the Baklava was wonderful! Thanks for the invite!

  5. Having just made baklava for the first time this Christmas, I can appreciate the time it takes! These bites are amazing!

  6. Trish @ Mom On Timeout

    These are just gorgeous! Pinned!

    • Thanks Debi! Happy New Year to you too!

  7. What a fabulous idea! I’m usually put off by the idea of making baklava, but this? I could totally handle! :-)

  8. Thanks so much for always linking up to Tasty Thursdays. This terrific recipe will be featured this week. The party will be live tonight. Thanks, Nichi

  9. Hi There – dropping by from YG to thank you for submitting posts – this was one of your first ones. My daughter and I have just purchased Yum Goggle and part of my marketing strategy is to pin and promote earlier posts – I hope you will be submitting new posts again soon as we have some great plans for YG in the next few months.


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