Easy Baklava Cups in Mini Phyllo Shells

Easy baklava cups are made with phyllo shells for the perfect mini dessert recipe for parties. They’re less sticky and messy than the traditional method, making them convenient to pick up and eat with your fingers. Three types of nuts are bound together with honey and butter for an indulgent treat.

mini phyllo cup desserts on white tray on white table, overhead view.

I love finger food and small bites for parties, and these phyllo shell desserts are the perfect mini dessert for entertaining.

Why You’ll Love It

  • They take about 20 minutes to make, and they are deliciously addictive! 
  • It’s so simple to double or triple this recipe for a crowd.
  • You can make ahead and freeze them for later. That means you can actually start prepping for a holiday party or special celebration a couple of months in advance!
  • They are a real crowd pleaser. If you like traditional baklava, you’ll LOVE these baklava bites!
baklava nut filling in phyllo shells on white marble, overhead view.


Working with phyllo dough sheets can be so daunting when you have to butter & layer multiple sheets while making sure the one’s in waiting don’t dry out. That’s why I love using prepared phyllo cups.

You’ll also need a food processor to chop all the nuts finely.

  • Phyllo Shells. Find them in the frozen dessert section. I use them ALL THE TIME for party appetizers, including another Greek favorite, spanakopita cups. They are a hostess’ best friend.
  • Nuts. Use 3 types of nuts so you get depth of flavor. You’ll need pistachios, walnuts and almonds.
  • Cinnamon & Sugar. These are pantry staples you should have on hand, along with salt.
  • Honey. This gives so much flavor to baklava and the sticky nature helps to bind the ingredients together.
  • Butter. Melted butter works with the honey to help bind the ingredients together, and add flavor.
  • Lemon Juice. Fresh squeezed lemon juice always tastes best but for this recipe you can use the refrigerated lemon juice.

How to Make Them

  1. Lightly toast the nuts to bring out their flavor. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F, lay the nuts in a single layer on a sheet pan, and heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until fragrant. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
  2. Use a food processor to chop the nuts finely, but not to the point of crumbs. Go ahead and add the salt, cinnamon and sugar to get them integrated.
  3. Transfer the nut mixture into a mixing bowl and add the wet ingredients. Mix well to combine everything.
  4. Use a small scoop of tablespoon to fill each phyllo shell with the mixture and then bake for about 5 minutes.


  • Re-use the packaging that the phyllo shells come in and they’ll be held securely in place. Put the cups back into the tray and slide it into the box. Refrigerate overnight or freeze for later.
  • To freeze, tape the end closed and wrap the entire box with saran wrap or aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • When you’re ready to use them, thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours or over night. You can also freshen them up by heating them in the oven for about 5 minutes.
rows of phyllo cups filled with nut filling, on white marble.

More Finger Desserts for a Cocktail Party

Here are some more party dessert recipes that will give you variety on a sweets table. They include something chocolate, something smooth & creamy, something crisp & crunchy, and something light & fruity. The more variety the better!

Add these easy baklava cups any time you want to serve multiple options for a party.

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phyllo shells filled with baklava filling.

Easy Baklava Cups Party Recipe

Yield: 15 baklava cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy baklava cups are delicious and simple to make! Put a twist on the classic Greek dessert by turning them into bite sized cups perfect for a party. Make these for a desert table, a cocktail party, or for girls night in.


  • 1 package frozen fillo cups
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 drops fresh lemon juice


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the nuts on a baking sheet and toast them for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  3. Add the nuts, salt, cinnamon and sugar to a food processor. Pulse until nuts are finely chopped. Transfer to a small bowl and add melted butter, honey, and lemon juice. Stir to combine well.
  4. Fill the phyllo cups with the mixture and bake for 5-6 minutes. Let cool and serve.

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