Pecan Baklava Cups

by Heather on January 26, 2012

When it comes to baking I feel like I have a good handle on things.  You know, things that taste good and things that taste great – but the things that make you have a moment?  Where you close your eyes and the world stops spinning for that moment in time?

Those are the baking experiences I live for.  And if you have about 20 minutes, some Pillsbury crescent rolls and a bag of Texas pecans you too can have that eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head experience.

The best part?  Seriously, it takes all of a few minutes to prep.  Or maybe that’s the dangerous part – I can never get those two straight!


You ready?  Let’s do this thang!


  • 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls (total of 8 rolls), can be regular or reduced fat
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into 8 tablespoons

Preheat your oven to 375.  Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray and set aside (as a side note, it’s best to use a standard muffin pan if you can).  Taking the dough from each crescent, gently press it into and around the sides of each muffin cup, making sure to seal the edges together.  In a small bowl mix together the pecans, brown sugar, sea salt and cinnamon.  Spoon the filling evenly into the crescent-lined muffin cups, gently tamping down with the back of a spoon.  Place one tablespoon of butter on top of each cup.  Bake at 375 for 15 minutes until the dough is puffed and golden and all of the butter is melted.  Serve warm with a drizzle of honey or some vanilla ice cream.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black January 26, 2012

Loving how there is an entire pad on butter on the top of each… hubba hubba.


2 Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau January 26, 2012

Yes, that butter on top of each cup is a thing of beauty. I love how easy these are!


3 Jen at The Three Little Piglets January 26, 2012

Oh my gosh! I would eat the whole pan though!


4 Tabitha (From Single to Married) January 26, 2012

wow – look at that butter! I can only imagine how amazing the finished product tastes!


5 Em January 26, 2012

Wow! I am making these for tomorrow night’s dinner!! Yumm…….


6 Emily @ A Cambridge Story January 26, 2012

I don’t eat nuts but even I’m ready to pop a few of these in my mouth. I have made regular baklava, however, and it’s such a process. These look amazing but easy!


7 Becki's Whole Life January 26, 2012

Oh my goodness, these sound amazing…love some good Baklava and I bet the crescent rolls get some very similar flakiness!


8 Becca@learnasyougocook January 26, 2012

Needs to be in my life now:)


9 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 26, 2012

Oh my gosh, that butter on top…. Heavenly


10 Urban Wife January 26, 2012

Woah butter.


11 Cassie January 26, 2012

This is a fabulous idea, love it!


12 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 26, 2012

Holy butter! I’m sure they’re amazing.


13 Curt January 26, 2012

I’m sold, and will definitely be trying this thang! This is without a doubt my kinda treat!


14 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) January 26, 2012

Holy! These look so good! I want to make them asap!


15 Erin January 26, 2012

Making an amazing treat in less time is amazing. Great post!


16 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 26, 2012

Haha…love the butter on top :-)


17 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 26, 2012

Mmm baklavaaaaaaa!!!


18 Deanna B. January 26, 2012

Anything with one tablespoon of butter per serving is fine by me. Probably better than fine.


19 [New Balance] Nicole January 26, 2012

I just tried Baklava this Christmas for the first time and it was so sweet! But also very yummy :)


20 Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking January 26, 2012

Oh these look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.


21 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 27, 2012

With a big ole pat of butter on top of each like that it’s got to be good!


22 January 27, 2012

These look amazing. Must…make…soon.


23 genevieve January 31, 2012

These look absolutely, unbelievably delicious (and not TOO complicated!). Can’t wait to give these a try. Thanks for sharing!


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