If you love the flavors of baklava but not the work involved then these Baklava Cookie Cups are just what you are looking for. A sweet honey cookie is packed with pistachios and a lightly spiced honey syrup, that’s just perfect for any occasion.
There’s about a one block stretch in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn that’s a go-to destination for all things Middle Eastern cuisine. I shop there on the regular for spices, hummus, nuts, olives, pickles and cheese but what always ends up catching my attention are the rows and rows of baklava.
You’d think there would only be one, maybe two types but what they can do with some filo, butter, nuts and honey is incredible. I don’t always walk out of there with a piece in hand but on the days that I treat myself, it’s completely worth it.
As much as I love the dessert, it’s not something that I’ve ever attempted to make at home. Some pastries I like to leave to the experts but it doesn’t mean I can’t try to replicate those flavors into a dessert that’s simple and just perfect for the holidays. After all December does equal cookie season in my book!
Since I knew that mimicking those flaky layers were going to be nearly impossible as a cookie, I decided to concentrate on other parts of the pastry. Namely the nuts, the spices and of course the honey syrup.
I love baking and cooking with honey at home. Besides being a natural sweetener, you can use it pretty much anything! Marinades, dressings, sauce glazes, cakes, cookies. . . well you get the point! Plus I love that each variety of honey has it’s own flavor profile. That’s all thanks to the bees’ nectar source, lighter honeys will be more mild in flavor where darker honeys are more robust. In general, you can interchange them out depending on what you like best.
Honey is also an easy swap for sweetener when baking; in most recipes and a little experimentation honey can be substitute for all the sugar. To ensure success there are a few slight adjustments and I’ve used this reference from the National Honey Board many times to ensure baking success. Oh and since honey retains more moisture, it generally extends the shelf life of baked goods. I was shocked to see how long these cookie cups stayed fresh!
Now I know this will never replace traditional baklava at the dessert table but I like to think these cookie cups are a pretty good option when you’re a short on time!
From the cardamom, orange, cinnamon and honey – all the flavors loaded up in these cookies will scent your home with a warm and comforting aroma. One in my opinion that’s a must during the holidays!
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