Lazy Baklava

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | July 6th, 2020 | Desserts, Recipes

All of the sweetness and crunch of the classic recipe made simple in this lazy baklava.

Nuts and honey in a phyllo cup
Nuts and honey in a phyllo cup

Lazy Baklava

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Refrigeration 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 25 mins

Course Dessert

Servings 30 treats



  • 1-1/2 cups nuts*
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 30 shells



  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Arrange the nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden and fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  • Let nuts cool slightly, then add to a food processor along with the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of sugar, butter, and cinnamon, and pulse to combine.
  • Arrange 30 phyllo shells on a rimmed baking sheet and divide nut mixture between the cups (about 2 teaspoons per cup).
  • Pat the filling down with your fingers.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 350˚F.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat add the water, 1/4 cup sugar and honey and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until reduced and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove syrup from heat.
  • When the cups are done baking, remove from the oven.
  • Pour 1 teaspoon syrup into each cup and allow it to soak in, then repeat with another teaspoon, until all syrup is used.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.


*Any combination of almonds, walnuts, pecans, and pistachios can be used.

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I don’t remember the first time that I tried baklava. I think it may have been late in my teen years. What I do know is that I have adored it ever since. It’s sweet and crunchy with those lovely, crisp layers of phyllo that almost melt in your mouth. Yet, I have never tried making baklava.

It’s not that I’m hesitant to work with phyllo. I have made a number of recipes that use that ingredient. I have carefully covered the stack of phyllo with a wet towel while methodically brushing each individual layer with melted butter. It does require time and focus, but I don’t mind that. I guess I just always figured that I knew other people who made it well, so I would just enjoy theirs.

Nuts and honey in a phyllo cup

Move forward to 2020, and this whole different world we are experiencing. Although my husband and I don’t stay home constantly, we also aren’t going to restaurants, except for takeout. With more time at home, both of us have been cooking more than usual, which for us is a lot.

So, I have been trying all sorts of new savory creations with an occasional sweet treat added to the mix. Looking for a simple dessert on a Friday night, my mind turned to baklava. If I could make a replica without all the work, as I would be serving it only to the two of us, would it be good?

Nuts and honey in a phyllo cup

Thanks to the phyllo cups in the freezer section of my grocery store, I can proclaim that this lazy baklava recipe is pretty darn amazing and hard to resist. I may or may not have eaten six of them without blinking. Yikes!

As someone who hasn’t made real baklava and hasn’t had a slice in quite some time, I’m sure these aren’t a 100% replacement. However, for a quick bit of sweet satisfaction, I think they’re spot on.

Try them, and let me know.

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