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Baklava tarts with maple and walnuts on wooden serving board.
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Baklava Tarts with Maple Syrup and Walnuts

This Baklava Tarts recipe is perfect for parties! These easy mini baklava bites are made with maple syrup, toasted walnuts, and phyllo cups.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: baklava bites, mini baklava, bite size baklava, maple baklava, maple walnut baklava, party baklava bites
Servings: 30
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Christine Rooney



  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Chop 2 cups of walnuts into small pieces (or nuts of choice).
  • Melt 2 Tbsp. of butter on stove top in a small sauce pan on low heat. Add ¾ cup pure maple syrup and stir to combine. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground cardamom, and a generous pinch of salt to the mixture. Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning. The mixture will thicken a bit as it cooks. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add half of the chopped walnuts to a mixing bowl. Pour half of the syrup mixture and stir to combine. Add the second half of the walnuts to the bowl and top with the remaining syrup. Stir until all the walnuts are coated in the syrup.
  • Place half of the phyllo shells on a baking sheet and fill with half of the walnut mixture (about 1 Tbsp. of mixture per phyllo cup).
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 16-18 minutes. The tops of the baklava bites should become golden brown as they bake. Remove from oven and let cool. Repeat with the second batch of phyllo cups.
  • Zest 1-2 lemons over the baked and cooled baklava bites.


You can use any type of nut you like with this recipe. Walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, or pistachio nuts would be great!
This recipe created when gluten was still part of my diet and since then this site has gone gluten free. Gluten free phyllo dough is difficult to find, as there are not many pre-made brands on the market.
If you'd like to make this recipe gluten free, feel free to make gluten free phyllo dough from scratch.
Alternately, you can try gluten free puff pastry in place of the phyllo cups. Schar makes a great quality gluten free puff pastry and it can be found in the freezer section of your local grocery store or online. (It should be noted, though, that I have not tested this recipe using puff pastry).


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg