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Shredded Baklava Cups

I’m incredibly excited to share this recipe with you guys this morning!

It comes from my current favorite cookbook, a book I’ve been cooking out of about once a week for the past couple months, Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson. Pam and her daughters, Maggy and Sharon, also collaborate on writing the wonderful food blog Three Many Cooks. If you’ve never checked them out, definitely do so! And this cookbook…oh, this cookbook! I LOVE this cookbook. Everything I’ve ever made out of it has turned out fabulous. My favorites out of the book include the simple italian sausage and bean cassoulet, the salsa verde chicken n’ dumplings, the paella, the turkey feta meatballs and this baklava! Ok, I guess I pretty much just love the entire book. Get it today! You won’t be sorry.

I’ve made these easy baklava cups a few times now and they’re always a hit. I love to make them when friends come over for dinner as a fun and different dessert. If you’ve ever felt intimidated by the baklava-making process, this recipe is totally for you!

Like regular baklava, you use phyllo dough here. I know, sort of scary, right? Phyllo dough freaks me out, too. I remember crying over my ugly spanokopita in culinary school. Let’s be honest — I don’t have the patience for the stuff.

However, all you do here is cut it up into pretty little phyllo ribbons! Trust me when I say that if I can do this, so can you. Just a snip of the scissors and you have light, feathery ribbons of dough, perfect for pressing into muffin tins and dousing with honey syrup.

Pam’s original recipe uses pistachios, which is traditional in most baklava. I’ve found, though, that these little cups taste equally fabulous when made with any nut or blend of nuts! Here, I used a mix of roasted walnuts and pecans. Yum.

Just a quick bake and then a drizzle of syrup later, you have delicious shredded baklava cups. All the deliciousness of baklava without all the work.

I’m sharing this morning over at She Reads Truth in case anyone is interested! Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!

Shredded Baklava Cups

very lightly adapted from Perfect One Dish Dinners

makes 12 baklava cups

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1 8-oz package (from a 16-oz package box) frozen phyllo dough, thawed out

1 cup roasted nuts (pistachios, walnuts or pecans work great!)

1 1/4 tsp cinnamon, divided

8 tbsp butter, melted

6 tbsp honey

6 tbsp sugar

6 tbsp water

pinch of sea salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake liners and lightly spray the liners with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Grind roasted nuts in a high-speed blender or food processor until they are finely ground.

Leaving phyllo dough rolled up, cut crosswise into 1″ strips. I’ve found this is easiest using a kitchen scissors! Place phyllo strips in a large bowl and lightly shake them out with your fingers to “unravel” them. Add the ground nuts, reserving about 2 tbsp. Then, sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon over top and drizzle in the melted butter. Toss gently to coat all the phyllo ribbons with butter, nuts and cinnamon.

Fill muffin cups with phyllo mixture, pressing down gently to compress. Sprinkle remaining nuts over top and place in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Meanwhile, make the syrup. Simmer together the honey, sugar, water, 1/4th tsp cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt. Bring to a boil then remove from heat, stirring well so all sugar melts. Let cool slightly.

When baklava cups are finished baking, pour syrup over each. Let cool to room temperature and serve.


45 minutes

**I like these best served cold, straight out of the fridge



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  • Live Love Yum
    March 4, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I just read your She Reads Truth passage. Absolutely incredible.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 4, 2013 at 4:55 am

    These look so yummy, and cute too! Phyllo dough scares me as well, so I don’t use it often. I think I can handle working with the shredded kind though. Checking out your She Reads Truth passage now!

  • De @ Cooking for the Other Half
    March 4, 2013 at 4:58 am

    This recipe looks great for the main reason that phyllo dough also freaks me out. I definitely think that the shredded version of it would be a lot easier to deal with. I love baklava so this seems like a great recipe to tackle! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy Walters, aDESIGNdock
    March 4, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Mmm…wish I could swap out my morning toast for this lovely dessert! Delightful food styling, as always ; )

    Ps. Just read your testimony. It was beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    March 4, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I have Pam Anderson’s meatless cookbook and it has been my go-to cookbook for over a year now!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    March 4, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Oh wow! Those sound amazing. Baklava is such an intimidating dessert but this is so doable!

  • Annie @ What's Annie Making?
    March 4, 2013 at 6:08 am

    This looks amazing! Phyllo scares the beejezus out of me but I’m pretty sure I could handle this. No worries about it drying out.

  • Joelle ( on a pink typewriter)
    March 4, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I’ve never tried baklava, but phyllo dough def freaks me
    Out too. Whoever I use it, it shreds almost immediately.

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch}
    March 4, 2013 at 6:31 am

    I’m so down with these!

  • Caroline L.
    March 4, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I am ravenous right now & I do believe these would do just the trick! Good morning and Happy Monday, Jenna! 🙂

  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}
    March 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Totally agree with you about baklava… the perfect thing to pay someone else $3 to make for you, in my opinion! But it’s one of my favorite desserts, so these are right up my alley!

  • Sarah cook
    March 4, 2013 at 6:45 am

    These re so cute and sound great. Phyllo dough intimidates me big time. I like the idea of putting them in paper liners though. That seems to make it a bit easier.

  • Torrie @ a place to share...
    March 4, 2013 at 6:52 am

    one of my favorite cookbooks, blogs, & cookbook authors.

    someone pointed me in her direction years ago, when i wanted to learn to cook- really cook. and i am so glad they did.

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    March 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

    these look amazing. i love baklava, but i have an unreasonable fear of phyllo dough as well (why is it so scary??). these look so easy! (also, i loved your she reads truth testimony today. it was so touching and it really spoke to me. thank you.)

  • Melissa
    March 4, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Dropped by from She Reads Truth….thanks for sharing your testimony AND this delicious looking recipe. For those of us with phyllo dough phobia, this looks easy enough to tackle!

  • Padma
    March 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Warning: reading your delicious posts before breakfast will lead to drooling in front of the computer. This looks so good. I could definitely eat several of these right now! I love baklava.

  • Dana
    March 4, 2013 at 7:39 am

    these looks awesome! Def trying these!!

  • Urban Wife
    March 4, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I love baklava but have never tried my hand at making it since it seems so intimidating. This method looks so much easier! 🙂

    p.s. I’m not sure if you get a chance to read the comments over on She Reads Truth so I’m going to leave a copy of mine here as well….

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart even the most painful and difficult parts. You are such an inspiration to me! God uses the most painful things in life to bring us closer to Him – he brings beauty from the ashes! Be blessed and know that you always have people (even like me who only have met you once, at your book signing) praying daily for you.

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat
    March 4, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Cute idea! I have some phyllo dough on my fridge begging to be used to make these!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    March 4, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I love baklava! But I’ve never tried to make my own- I think this may have to change with this delicious sounding recipe! Thanks!

  • a farmer in the dell
    March 4, 2013 at 8:54 am

    even this easier version scares me! but they are so darn cute and tasty looking I may just have to be brave and give them a whirl!

  • Nicole
    March 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Looks incredible!! I want to try even though I’m scared of phyllo dough too haha

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    March 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Awesome idea to shred the phyllo (never had a ton of patience with that stuff either). This sounds like great cookbook to have for weekday dinners! 🙂

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I checked Baklava off my bucket list last month! It was a great feeling to make…and now, I can totally embrace the messy/shredded baklava idea. So smart, Jenna!

  • deva at deva by definition
    March 4, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I adore baklava but don’t have the patience to make it in crispy layers. This recipe is just up my alley.

    thank you for sharing your heart on SRT. You post made me simultaneously smile at His presence with us at all times but also want to reach through the computer screen and hug you.

  • Erika
    March 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

    These sound AMAZING!! The one time I made baklava, it was SUCH a project! The pastry was so finicky and I was terrified I was going to rip it. Plus, the amount of honey, butter, etc. that it used was slightly horrifying…this seems much more manageable 🙂 Thanks for a great idea!

  • dixya @ food, pleasure, and health
    March 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

    baklava is one of my absolute dessert but always intimidated to try it. thanks for this post 🙂

  • Alexis
    March 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I need to make this soon! 🙂

  • Amanda
    March 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    These look delicious! I’ve been in a baking mood lately (so weird for me!) and may have to try these.

    Also, thank you for sharing your testimony on She Reads Truth.

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats
    March 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    This sounds awesome!!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    March 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Ooh, I love baklava but hate the finickiness of making it from scratch. What a lovely alternative!

  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run
    March 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    those are adorable muffin liners!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    March 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Love Baklava. Never make it though since it seems so complicated.

  • Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs
    March 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Oh, I love this. Perfect for any party!

  • Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}
    March 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Yum! I’m so excited to try these! My kids and I are huge fans of Baklava, but oh how intimidated I’ve been to even try it. Can’t wait! The cookbook sounds great.

  • Tami@nutmegnotebook
    March 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I love Pam’s cookbooks and her website! I haven’t made these desserts yet but they look wonderful.

  • The Mrs. @ Kitchen Doesn't Travel
    March 4, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I LOVE baklava. This recipe will be dangerous information for me to have!

  • Kiran @
    March 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    This version makes it so much easier for me to devour more than 1 piece. Oh my.

  • Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    March 5, 2013 at 2:58 am

    These look so good! I’ve never made baklava because it definitely intimidates me and seems way too time-consuming. This is such a clever way around those hurdles! Thanks for sharing — you have me intrigued about that cookbook!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    March 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    What a cool cookbook. I will have to pick up a copy. Uh, yum.

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  • Jessie
    March 6, 2013 at 4:15 am

    This looks really good. I was drawn into your article by the first photo alone. It is always great to find new recipes that are fairly easy to make. Will be trying these out for sure.

  • Laura@FoodSnobSTL
    March 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

    This is really interesting! Regular Baklava is super intimidating to me, but I think I could handle this.

  • Pam Anderson
    March 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks, Jenna, for all the wonderful readers you’ve sent to Three Many Cook’s these past few days.

  • Don
    March 7, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I love baklava! I always wanted to try to make it, but figured it was rather difficult. Maybe I will reward myself by trying this once I lose a few more pounds :).

  • Kristen
    March 10, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Hey Girl! Just checking in and I saw this thought I would try it for SOMA! Miss you guys.