Baklava cups are your new best friend this holiday season. Baklava without all of the mess but with all of the sweet buttery flavor.. and super cute too!!
Let’s be completely honest, December is a free for all. All year long we count our calories and watch our carbs and add up every little gram of fat. We stare longingly at the menu and still pass up on macaroni and cheese as a side and opt for steamed veggies instead even though we are crying on the inside. Unless you are still under the age of 25 or are one of those horribly evil people with a revved up natural metabolism, the older we get the harder it is to keep the pudge at bay.
Then December rolls in and it’s like a prison furlough for food lovers!!
Carbs? YES! … Obscene amounts of sugar and spice and everything Merry? YES!!! … Just grab handfuls of chocolate morsels and pound them into you face at an alarming rate of speed? YES, THANK YOU!!
So you think I’m over exaggerating? Stop and think about how many spoonfuls of raw cookie dough you have eaten in the past 3 weeks … umm hmmmm … that’s what I thought. It’s ok, you are among friends here, this is a safe and non-judging zone.
But let’s keep it real, at this point the guilt has started to set in and if you are like me you don’t even want to see one more Christmas cookie pass within 15 feet of you. Diet apps, workout apps, MIRACLE WORKER APPS have all already been downloaded to our phones and preparations are being made for the fresh, clean start of January 1st and our return to prison life. It’s safe, it’s regulated, it’s there to rehabilitate ourselves from the dietary sins of the holiday season.
But wait … before we go …. IS THAT BAKLAVA?????????????????????? Yeah, you go ahead, I’ll be there in a minute ….
Sweet, nutty, buttery, messy, gooey, perfect baklava. That’s what it’s real name should be because if there is one sweet treat that deserves the whole royal introduction, it’s baklava. I didn’t even know it’s name for years and years, i just knew it was that super sweet, super sticky cookie / bar / thing that you just HAD to have at least one piece of whenever it was around. Then, when I started making Christmas cookies every year, I started experimenting and then came my own favorite recipe for Baklava. It is now a required item each holiday season.
So this year, as I fought the masses and shopped for all of my cookie making ingredients, I stopped in the freezer section to grab by baklava phyllo dough and saw something different. The store I was in had the usual packages of phyllo sheets but they also had phyllo CUPS!!! To be honest, the only thing I really use phyllo sheets for is baklava so these little cups could have been around the for the past 50 years and I would never have known it.
You had better believe I know it now though!!!
Immediately, my brain started whirling .. if I use sheets to make full pans of baklava, why couldn’t I use these little cups to make individual servings of baklava? And would it cut down on the sticky, ooey-goey messiness of baklava? OMG .. WE ARE REINVENTING THE WHEEL HERE, FOLKS!!!!
Then I Googled ‘Baklava Cups’ and saw that I was late to the party and this particular wheel had been reinvented a while ago… but undeterred, I carried on!!
So I grabbed four boxes of phyllo cups (yes four.. mistakes were bound to happen) and I finished my shopping, rushed home and pulled out my baklava recipe and tried to create magic. The first round … ehhhh .. magic not so much. Too much honey, too much sugar, lots over overflow.
Hmmm?? …. that second round though?? … now we have some progress. The baklava cups are packed with nuts and not too overpowering sweet and there is virtually no mess. They are pretty and perfect and if you are looking for the OMG SO THOSE ARE SO CUTE factor, these are your winners. Plus, these did not take forever to make. The little cups do all the hard work for you so there is no layer, butter, layer, butter, layer, nuts, layer, butter, layer, butter… going on forever … there is simply mixing the ingredients in a bowl and spooning into the cups and baking them.
Saves time, saves mess, adorably cute. WIN.. WIN.. WIN..!!
Now there will always be a place in my heart for the original but these little cups are my new go-to when it comes to holiday baklava.
At least until those phone apps start reminding me it’s January again 🙂
Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think… or just say Hi! I love hearing from you!!
- 2 packages phyllo cups (15 cups each)
- 2 cups mixed nuts , chopped (I used pistachios, walnuts and almonds)
- 2 tbl butter , melted
- 1/3 cup honey .. plus a little more for drizzling
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbl sugar
Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees
Mix all ingredients (except the phyllo cups) together in a large mixing bowl
Lay out phyllo cups on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Spoon mixture into phyllo cups until full
Bake for 10-12 minutes
Remove from oven and drizzle with a bit more honey