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Shortcut Baklava Cookies – With Walnut Honey Filling

I absolutely love the texture and taste of traditional Greek Baklava. It’s a work of art to make and absolutely divine when done properly. As much as I love it, I know my limits in the kitchen (and I don’t have the proper heritage). These Shortcut Baklava Cookies are a modern twist on the classic flavors. The thumbprint cookies bake into a soft chewy texture and then they’re filled with a honey walnut filling. If you’re a fan of Baklava, you’ve got to give them a go!

If you love traditional Baklava, you've got to try this twist on the classic Greek dessert! It's a Baklava Thumbprint Cookie that has a honey walnut filling.

I’ve always enjoy Baklava when we pick up Greek takeout, but these cookies are too good just to enjoy on occasion. I make them every holiday season, as part of my Christmas cookie trays. Neighbors and friends ask me for the recipe because they’re so unique. I love that the cookies are a break from more traditional chocolate varieties.

If you’ve never made thumbprint cookies before, they’re very easy to do. They have a nice dainty look after they’ve been baked. You create a pocket area, for filling, by pressing your thumb into the cookie. For this particular recipe – you use a spoon because the cookies will be warm. For the filling, use a spoon and carefully add the filling before baking them more.

I always let my kids help me in the kitchen, when I’m baking, and they love to do the thumbprint part. There’s no better way to bond with your kids then letting them help out in the kitchen and then enjoying a sweet treat together. I hope these Baklava Cookies are enjoyed by your family too! 

Looking for more cookie recipes? Here are some of my favorites (for Christmas too!):

How To Make Thumbprint Baklava Cookies

The best baking investment you can make, for your kitchen, is a pair of great cookie trays. Parchment paper can be used on top of your cookie trays for non-stick purposes. Personally, I like to use silicone baking mats more than parchment paper. They’re re-usable and another great investment.

Baklava Cookies Recipe

What To Serve With Baklava Cookies

I love placing these cookies on a big dessert tray that’s full of treats. Combine different textures and flavors for the ultimate sweet experience. Serve them anytime throughout the year – especially if you make a traditional greek dinner (I love Greek Gyros). If you’re just serving them as a dessert, make a fresh pot of coffee and let the kids have a cold glass of milk.

What Type Of Walnuts To Use In Your Filling

There are black walnuts and regular walnuts. Do not use black walnuts as they have a much stronger flavor. They’ll be too overpowering for these Baklava cookies. You can purchase walnuts that are already chopped at your local grocery store.

How To Keep Your Baklava Cookies Fresh

After the cookies have cooled, you can store them in an air-tight container. They’ll stay fresh for 4-5 days and there’s no need to refrigerate them. If they feel like they’ve hardened somewhat, add a slice of bread to the container to add moisture back to the cookies.

Easy Greek Cookies

Can You Freeze Baklava Cookies?

You can freeze these cookies for up to three months in the freezer. Let them thaw again to room temperature before serving. 

What You’ll Need From The Grocery Store:

  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Almond Extract
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Chopped Walnuts

Step-By-Step Directions To Make Baklava Cookies

In a large bowl (or standing mixer), cream sugar and butter until blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping the sids. Add the extracts.

Baklava Cookie Batter In Mixer

In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add it into the creamed mixture, on a slow speed. Wrap dough in plastic; refrigerate until firm enough to form into balls, about 30 minutes.

Dry Ingredients For Baklava Cookies

Preheat oven to 375°. For the topping: combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; refrigerate again if dough becomes too warm.

Place 2-1/2 in. apart on lined baking trays. Bake 8 minutes. Press a deep indentation in center of each cookie with the back of a rounded teaspoon. Fill each with honey and walnuts; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Filling Baklava Cookies With Walnut Honey Filling

Return to oven and bake until edges begin to brown, 7-9 minutes longer. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies

Shortcut Baklava Cookies - With Walnut Honey Filling

Baklava Cookies Recipe

Inspired by the tradtional Greek dessert, these Baklava Cookies have a sensational walnut honey filling and cinnamon sugar base that makes them irresistable.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter (softened)
  • 2 Large Eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/4 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

For The Topping:

  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts

Instructions

    1. In a large bowl (or standing mixer), cream sugar and butter until blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping the sids. Add the extracts.
    2. In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add it into the creamed mixture, on a slow speed. Wrap dough in plastic; refrigerate until firm enough to form into balls, about 30 minutes.
    3. Preheat oven to 375°. For the topping: combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; refrigerate again if dough becomes too warm.
    4. Place 2-1/2 in. apart on lined baking trays. Bake 8 minutes. Press a deep indentation in center of each cookie with the back of a rounded teaspoon. Fill each with honey and walnuts; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
    5. Return to oven and bake until edges begin to brown, 7-9 minutes longer. Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Store the cookies in an air-tight container to keep fresh.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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Christina Conte

Saturday 1st of January 2022

Great idea and fabulous recipe! I know my family would love these!

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