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PECAN LASSIE COOKIES/ Easy Baklava Cookies



I was introduced to the sweet, buttery, nutty taste of Baklava by Nancy, the mother of my sister-in-law. I never saw her in action when she made this sweet delight but her Baklava was perfection. One bite of that diamond-shaped pastry and I was hooked. Nowadays, just the sight of those ooey, gooey layers remind me of Nancy.

If you love Baklava but not the work, I’ve got the next best thing. Baklava is labor-intensive and requires patience I do not have to butter layer upon layer of phyllo dough. These Pecan Lassies are a distant cousin and remind me of Baklava minus the buttery, honey layers.

These cookies take very little time to make. The original recipe calls for a pie-like crust. As a shortcut, I use phyllo dough cups, put them in mini muffin tins and fill them with a mixture of brown sugar, pecans and butter. They taste just as good with walnuts too. I bet some coconut too would add some pizzazz. Bake up a batch and see if you can eat just one of these sweeties!


Nut Lassie Cookies
30 Mini-Phyllo Shells* (2 boxes)
1 Egg
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Butter, melted
1 Tsp Vanilla
Dash of Salt
¾ Cup Pecans, chopped

*Recommend 'Athens' brand of Phyllo Shells

Place phyllo shells in mini muffin tins.

 Mix together Egg, Brown Sugar, Butter, Vanilla and Salt.
Add Pecans. Fill cups 2/3 full. Bake at 375 for 7 minutes.

Makes 60 cookies.



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18 comments:

  1. Joan, all I can say is OMG!!!

    I just love baklava and have a recipe to die for from a Greek friend, but as you said, it's so labor intensive and I just sit and stare at the recipe, drooling. I am definitely going to make these. How clever!!! Love, love this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Colleen, Your comment gave me the giggles! I have never made Baklava as it's out of my realm. You will love the small amount of prep time that goes into these cookies. Enjoy!

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  2. Joan,
    What a lovely treat and they are so neat and pretty too!
    Anything with pecans is number one on my list!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Jemma

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    1. Jemma, I'm with you ... love anything with nuts. Thank you and have a Happy Easter!

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  3. This is ingenious! All the flavor and easy.... great recipe Joan - have a Happy Easter! Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Deb! The pie crust part took too much time and I stumbled upon the phyllo cups one day. I love that these cookies come together in no time. I appreciate the pin and have a Happy Easter!

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  4. Another home run! Thanks, sweets!

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    1. Lin, Thank you and I appreciate your visit to the Clinic!

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  5. Mmm ... these look so good! I love baklava!

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    1. Ginnie, Try this recipe; I think you'll like it. Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. Joan, a wonderful dessert to serve for a party ~ look so delicious and love how easy they are to make! Thanks for sharing these on your #simplybebetsy gallery! Sharon and Denise

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    1. Sharon & Denise, Thank you! I was glad to share this recipe on BeBetsy. I appreciate your shares on social media.

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  7. Ooh, these sound and look SO yummy; I can't wait to make them! Thank you for this recipe!

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    1. Karen, You're welcome. You will enjoy this recipe. These cookies are very tasty. Thanks for dropping by the Clinic.

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  8. In high school I had a friend whose mother made the real thing. I always think of Mrs. Cherry when I see Baklava! It was amazing to watch her work at it. This shortcut is great for "the rest of us!"

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    1. Hi Connie, Yes, baking tends to stir happy memories. I don't have the patience to make Baklava so these cookies are a nice alternative.

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  9. I've made Baklava, a couple of time, and that was enough. They are so much work and look at you genius gal! I can't wait to try these and so glad I found them for the holiday season. THANK YOU for sharing your recipes with all of us!!! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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    1. Hi Carrie, I have never made Baklava but do love these Pecan Lassies. I just made a batch the other day for the holidays. Let me know how you like them. Happy Holidays!

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