The Lazy Cook’s Baklava

I have no problem admitting laziness and apathy sometimes takes over in the kitchen.  There are goodies I long to eat but don't have the time or energy to make them.  Sad but true. 

Being an admitted nut-a-holic, I often crave desserts laden with nuts of any kind.  I'm not picky. 

Baklava has always been one of my weaknesses and a labor of love for me.  Always worth making and eating.

But as life is busier than ever, you better believe I jumped for joy when I came across this recipe for The Lazy Cook's Baklava.  Well, that's not what the magazine called it but, Baklava Cups, just didn't do it for me.  I wanted to celebrate my find of a super-quick, easy and absolutely yummy, lazy girl treat.

This recipe will give you Baklava taste in less than 30 minutes.  These are also great for a dessert buffet where hundreds of little bite-sized treats are needed.

So delicious, easy, yummy and for the lazy.  You will love them, but you must love nuts too.

Since I found this recipe in a magazine, I'm sending it over to
Cream Puffs in Venice for Magazine Mondays.  This is an event I just discovered.  The premise is, if you made it from a magazine, send it over.  Since, that happens weekly over here, I've decided to join the fun.  You should too.

Let's make these up, they'll be ready in minutes...

Here's all you will need:  Frozen mini fillo shells, honey, pistachios, almonds and cashews.  Ingredients not shown:  Water.

Chop pistachios, cashews and almonds until you have a 1/3 cup of each.  Combine into one mixture.  Fill shells with nuts and bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes or until shells are lightly browned.

Mix 1/4 cup honey with 1 teaspoon water.  Remove the cups from the oven and spoon in honey mixture (really fill them up).

Serve warm or at room temperature.

This is easy enough for the kids to handle in the kitchen while you work on dinner.  Even if they do not like nuts, they love to just be involved in the meal preparation.  Mine always do.

Little bites of heaven...if you like this sort of thing.

Print Recipe

The Lazy Cook's Baklava

Recipe from: Inspired by Woman's Day | Serves: 15


  • 1 box frozen mini filo shells
  • 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/3 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • Chop pistachios, cashews and almonds. Combine into one mixture. Fill shells with nuts and bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes or until shells are lightly browned.
  • Mix honey with water. Remove the cups from the oven and spoon in honey mixture (really fill them up).
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

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  1. Gorgeous, Cathy! What a terrific nuts and honey combination. I am sure they are absolutely delish! :-)


  2. deeba 2

    You’ve got my nose stuck to the screen on this one Cathy! Everything I love is in there…peeping into the crystal ball can see me rolling fillo at home. Nothing of the ready-made sort avaibale her. You’ve posted late today…I usually get you on my reader in the afternoon my time!

  3. HoneyB 3

    I absolutely love this!!

  4. I totally love the utter simplicity of this, yet it’s really beautiful and LOOKS much more complicated!


    This is surely one I can pull off and not blow up my house, trying to make.

  5. dawn 5

    OMG I have to make these. Wow. I am so going to have these soon, like tonight. What a good idea.

  6. Julie 6

    Wow…I love baklava and these look awesome!

  7. There is no shame in taking shortcuts for delicious results. In fact, I’d say that it shows remarkable ingenuity, AND it provides people with sweet little bite sized morsels of goodness that don’t stick to your fingers, chin, napkin, etc in a blanket of sugar syrup.

    Your wee baklavas are darling. I would even go as far as to say that in terms of baklava, these are a somewhat healthier option because the filo to nut ratio is skewed on the side of heart healthy omega 3! See? Silver linings all over the place.

  8. Sara 8

    I’ve always wanted to make baklava, but have always been a little intimidated. I can’t wait to try this version!

  9. this looks so good. I have company coming for dinner soon and this looks awesome.

  10. Kate 10

    I love nuts and this looks mahvelous, dahling!

  11. I love using premade phyllo and chocolate shells. I will be joining on the magazine mondays here and there so hanks so much for the info. Also, I think you may be interestd in the newest challenge at my blog-this ones involved PEEPS.

  12. Steph 12

    I love baklava! Mini ones are too cute, but makes it so easy to have one after another.

  13. I will have to look for those shells. I have always just used the sheet. This would be so fun for a party and such pretty presentation.

  14. Bob 14

    Oh I like that sort of thing. Mmmm, nuts.

  15. These are amazing looking! I’ve never seen a recipe like this. I can’t wait to try them!

  16. That looks so nice! A great project for kids;)

  17. dawn 17

    I thnk I would prefer it this way, not as much grease and stuff you know? Gorgeous photos cathy!

  18. elra 18

    So simple, yet enough to satisfy anyone craving of sweet.

  19. Wow…so much easier than regular baklava. I made a batch for the first time at Thanksgiving and it almost killed me.

  20. OMG…you have just found the perfect dessert for me! I have those shells in my freezer at this very moment, all I need is cashews and I’m in. Hmmm…these might appear on my Easter table.

  21. lita 21

    Oh these are perfect and less fattening than real baklava. I love it but it takes so much time. What an amazing alternative. Thank you. I’m a nutty, nut too.

  22. Marlene 22

    And more economical then me running to the Greek Church bake sale and slapping down a fortune for baklava made by all those Sweet, Little, Greek Grannies…they are going to hate me forever now.

  23. That looks devine. I’m all slobbery now.

  24. Whoa — for a post with the word “lazy” in the title, this whole thing looks beautiful. The photos are amazing (I say as I’m licking my lips).


  25. DrZibbs 25

    Looks tasty and great pictures!

  26. What an interesting snack.
    I’ll have to try these soon. I, also, am a nut-o-holic.

  27. I always have a couple of boxes of those phyllo shells in my freezer — they’re great with sweet or savory fillings, and have bailed me out of more than one entertaining “emergency.”

  28. Alicia 28

    Omgosh! Love these. I’ve made normal baklava a couple of times in my life because I love it so much, but it was really time consuming. On my way now to the store to see if I can find those mini filo cups. Thanks Cathy!
    Have a wonderful day,

  29. Louise 29

    What did people do before frozen pastry shells? These look fantastic!

  30. Lynda 30

    I love nuts! What a perfect idea to use filo cups.

  31. Katrina 31

    I will make these one day soon, possibly even Wed. for a baby shower I agreed to make a goodie for. Yep, that’s it. I will do it.
    I LOVE nuts, and you know what they say, you are what you eat….
    Even though there is no chocolate, or banana, nuts are right up there as my top three favorite things! mmmm.

  32. Alisa 32

    Oh yum! Another one to add to the list. Pretty soon, we’re going to all force you to make those printable recipe cards for us. You know…cuz we’re lazy too.

  33. This is the best idea I’ve seen in a while. I would like to find these in town. This looks so good.

  34. OMG–I love baklava and those looks great!!

  35. I just love easy fancy looking treats. Bookmarking this one for sure!

  36. Tina 36

    Yum! Beautiful photos, too!

  37. Woo these look yummy, thanks for sharing!

  38. Ivonne 38

    You had me at noble pig! I love your blog and I love the baklava!

  39. Laura 39

    I love this! I am all for something that requires less work.

  40. Claudia 40

    Bookmarked this! Sometimes lazy is necessary on those “no time” days but still want something tasty. Also must check out “Magazine Mondays.”

  41. kayola 41

    YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ BAKLAVA!!! Easier is always really really good, still getting the same yummy results…..and me too….LOVE anything with nuts…

  42. Oh my – I think I have to go purchase some mini filo bowls now…

  43. Maureen 43

    Now this is one for me! I am almost useless when it comes to baking, so making dessert the lazy way…I’m there!

  44. Donna 44

    Perfect party food!! I love how pretty they look! Lazy does not equate with you!

  45. I really do not care for baklava at all, but it’s one of Danny’s favorite desserts. I’ll have to make this as a special treat just for him. The kids will probably eat it too. They can’t turn down anything sweet.

  46. GP 46

    gorgeous and a must try here at the inn…


  47. Shawn 47

    Cathy, Cathy, Cathy.

    Hate to break it to ya girlfriend, but you are just a lazy person wannabe. I would totally see that recipe and think to myself “Self, that would be something quick and easy you could make.” I might even get so far as to write the ingredients down on a shopping list.

    It would not get any farther than that.

    Although! I could probably drum up the ambition to get an airline ticket out to your place to have some! Ha!

  48. Dan 48

    OMG – this stuff looks so good…. I can’t wait!

  49. LilSis 49

    Those are awesome! And, I am definitely all about easy! I’d love to serve these at a party! Thanks!

    And, I’m going to check out the Magazine Mondays. I’ve been marking alot of recipes from magazines lately.

  50. You LAZY? You might be nuts, to say your lazy. You really do not want us to start listing ALL the things you are busy doing do you? No not lazy, but thanks for the quickie desert.

  51. Chris 51

    What a great idea! I’ll definitely be making these soon!

  52. Flea 52

    That’s IT?!? That’s all there is to it? I LOVE baklava, but have only made it a handful of times because OMG! What a pain in the butt! But seriously – that’s all there is to it? Sign me up for Easy 101!

  53. Elyse 53

    Oh, this is totally ideal. I love the lazy baklava. Yes, yes, yes. This is going to be so dangerous. I’m going to be popping these mini-pastries like they’re going out of style. (Does that even make sense? It’s late here…)

  54. Wow… those are lovely and so fast and easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing that! Just found you through foodgawker and love your blog!

  55. I am lazy too so these fit the bill for me!

  56. Paula 56

    I’m with you. I love baklava but who has that kind of time. These look like the perfect sub!!

  57. imom 57

    Nutty and easy?! I’m all over it!

  58. Wow, look at all those nuts! This is a perfect quick and delicious dessert!

  59. You have got to be kidding! These look fabulous and so easy! And my most favorite three nuts! I have to try these, yum!

  60. What a great shortcut. Will be making these as soon as I can find those pastry shells

  61. Jeff 61

    That is like the perfect before bed snack for me.

    Thanks for sharing!

  62. Hilary 62

    Hi Cathy .. looks like you got loads of supporters for these little filo shells of baklava .. & they do look gorgeous & I too love filo.

    I guess these would go down a treat at a posh party .. they look so luscious ..

    & as you say great for the kids to join in with ..

    Lovely idea ..
    thanks Hilary: Positive Letters

  63. Jude 63

    I was about to say that doesn’t look like something a lazy person would make. Pretty nice to know that filo dough comes pre shaped like this. This will be useful.

  64. grace 64

    it’s my lucky day–i’m lazy AND i love baklava! what perfect little bites, and i do mean perfect. as perfect as perfect can be.

  65. This is not lazy, it’s resourceful! And it’s so much easier to eat than cutting a big, sticky hunk of filo dough. Winner!

  66. Sometimes lazy is genius!

  67. I’m not sure if we have the mini filo shells in Vancouver but I’m going to try this recipe.

  68. I wrote about my adventures with this recipe here:
    link to

    Even though it didn’t quite turn out, I’m going to try again. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll get it right eventually!

  69. That was inspiring,

    This is a great recipe and it looks so simple, i am going to give it a try

    Thanks for writing, most people don’t bother.

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  72. Kath 72

    I recently made baklava, and it does take some time. Your Lazy Cook’s Baklava are gorgeous, and they would be great for a party buffet!


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