Baklava Muffins

Enjoy the delightful flavors of baklava in muffin form with these Baklava Muffins. They feature a nutty cinnamon filling, a tender crumb, and a sweet honey drizzle, making them a perfect treat for breakfast or dessert.


For the Filling:

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp melted butter

For the Muffins:

  • 1 cup plus 7 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp buttermilk

For the Topping:

  • ½ cup honey


Preheat Your Oven

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease them if not using liners.

Prepare the Filling

  1. Combine chopped walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.

Make the Muffin Batter

  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk egg, melted butter, and buttermilk until well combined.
  3. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Gently mix until just combined. Do not overmix; the batter should be lumpy.

Assemble the Muffins

  1. Spoon a small amount of batter into each muffin cup, filling them about one-third full.
  2. Add a scant tablespoon of the walnut filling on top of each muffin.
  3. Cover with more muffin batter until the cups are about two-thirds full. Sprinkle any remaining walnut filling on top.

Bake the Muffins

  1. Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Drizzle with Honey

  1. Remove the muffins from the oven and transfer them, still in the paper cups, to a wire rack. While they are still warm, generously drizzle each muffin with honey.


  1. Allow the muffins to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy these Baklava Muffins warm or at room temperature.

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Suggestions:

  • Warm or Room Temperature: Enjoy Baklava Muffins warm shortly after drizzling with honey or at room temperature for a delightful treat.
  • Pairing Ideas: Serve alongside Greek yogurt for breakfast or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert.
  • Garnish: For an extra touch, sprinkle chopped walnuts or a dusting of cinnamon on top before serving.

Storage Tips:

  • Room Temperature: Store Baklava Muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Ensure they are fully cooled before storing to maintain freshness.
  • Refrigeration: If storing longer, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Allow them to come to room temperature or gently warm in the oven before serving.
  • Freezing: Muffins can be frozen for up to 2 months. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container or bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature before enjoying.

By following these tips, you can ensure your Baklava Muffins stay fresh and delicious, whether serving them immediately or preserving them for later enjoyment.


Explore creative ways to customize your Baklava Muffins:

  1. Nut Varieties: Instead of walnuts, try using pistachios, almonds, or a combination of nuts for a different flavor and texture profile.
  2. Dried Fruit: Add chopped dried fruits such as apricots, figs, or dates to the filling mixture for a sweet and chewy addition.
  3. Citrus Zest: Incorporate lemon or orange zest into the muffin batter for a bright citrusy twist that complements the nutty filling.
  4. Greek Yogurt Swirl: Swirl a spoonful of Greek yogurt into the muffin batter before baking for added creaminess and tanginess.
  5. Spiced Honey: Mix honey with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom before drizzling over the muffins for a spiced honey flavor.
  6. Chocolate Drizzle: After baking, drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled muffins for a decadent chocolate-baklava fusion.
  7. Syrup Soak: Brush the warm muffins with a simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water) infused with cinnamon or other spices for added moisture and flavor.
  8. Cream Cheese Filling: Create a cream cheese filling by mixing softened cream cheese with sugar and vanilla extract. Dollop the filling between layers of muffin batter for a creamy surprise.
  9. Nut-Free Option: Replace nuts with seeds like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for a nut-free alternative that still adds crunch.
  10. Mini Muffins: Bake the muffin batter in mini muffin tins for bite-sized baklava muffins, perfect for serving at parties or gatherings.

Try these variations to add your own unique touch to the classic Baklava Muffins recipe. Whether you prefer experimenting with different flavors or dietary preferences, these ideas will help you create delicious muffins that everyone will enjoy!

FAQs :

  1. Can I use a different type of nuts in the filling?
    • Yes, you can substitute walnuts with other nuts such as pistachios, almonds, or pecans according to your preference.
  2. Can I make these muffins gluten-free?
    • Yes, you can use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend in place of regular flour. Ensure other ingredients like baking powder and baking soda are also gluten-free.
  3. How should I store Baklava Muffins?
    • Store Baklava Muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. If keeping longer, refrigerate them for up to 5 days. Freeze muffins for up to 2 months in a freezer-safe container.
  4. Can I omit the honey drizzle?
    • Yes, you can omit the honey drizzle if desired. The muffins will still have a sweet flavor from the filling, but the honey adds traditional baklava flavor.
  5. Can I use sour cream instead of buttermilk?
    • Yes, you can substitute buttermilk with sour cream in equal amounts for a slightly different texture. Alternatively, you can make a homemade buttermilk substitute by adding vinegar or lemon juice to milk.
  6. How do I prevent the muffins from becoming dry?
    • Avoid overbaking the muffins and ensure they are stored in an airtight container to retain moisture. Adding a small piece of apple or a slice of bread to the container can also help keep them moist.
  7. Can I make these muffins ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can bake the muffins ahead of time. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Warm them slightly before serving, if desired.
  8. What if I don’t have a muffin tin?
    • If you don’t have a muffin tin, you can use small ramekins or even bake the muffins as a loaf in a bread pan. Adjust baking time accordingly.
  9. How can I make these muffins vegan?
    • Substitute the egg with a flaxseed or chia seed egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water) and use plant-based butter or oil instead of butter. Replace buttermilk with a non-dairy milk mixed with vinegar or lemon juice.
  10. Can I freeze Baklava Muffins?
    • Yes, you can freeze Baklava Muffins for up to 2 months. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store in a freezer-safe container. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating or serving.

These FAQs should provide helpful answers to common questions about preparing, storing, and customizing your Baklava Muffins, ensuring a successful baking experience!

These Baklava Muffins offer a delightful twist on the classic baklava flavors, perfect for enjoying with a cup of coffee or tea. Whether you’re looking for a special breakfast treat or a delicious dessert, these muffins are sure to please with their nutty filling and sweet honey drizzle. Try them out and savor the essence of baklava in every bite!