This dessert is the final installment to my Mediterranean Medley class I taught last week at
The Culinaria which is inside Bakers & Cooks here in Ocala, FL.
I developed this recipe to try to emulate the flavors of baklava without all the work involved and without all the sweetness. I know, I know, I love Baklava like the rest of you and I know that the sweetness is what really makes it, but I was looking for a way to introduce people who may not have had baklava to the flavors, or give those who enjoy baklava another take on it. Plus, who doesn’t love ice cream?! Those little banana bites I did a while back were so cute I just wanted to keep the theme of bite sized goodies that are so flavorful and delicious you only need a bite to feel satisfied! These are the perfect little dessert for a BBQ, movie or game night or anytime you feel a craving for a little something sweet!
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vanilla ice cream – get the best quality possible
16 sheets of phyllo
2 small packages of chopped walnuts or pistachios, your choice
½ stick of butter, room temp


Put a cookie tray in the freezer for 10 minutes. Take out of freezer and line with parchment paper. Scoop appox. 16 balls of vanilla ice cream with a mini scoop. Place on parchment paper and return cookie sheet to the freezer for 1 hour or until frozen solid.


Preheat oven to 350 F. Melt butter in microwave or in a pan. Remove phyllo dough from fridge. Place sheets in between 2 wet paper towels. Place one sheet of phyllo on a clean surface. With a pastry brush, brush dough well with melted butter. Continue in this fashion until you have 4 sheets on top of each other. With a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 8 squares which are still 4 layers thick. Repeat 3 times until you have 16 squares. Places squares into mini muffin tin and mold into cups, bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.


After one hour is up, place walnuts in a shallow baking dish or pie pan. Remove ice cream balls from the freezer and roll them in the nuts. Place back on cookie sheet and place in freezer for another ½ hour.


After ½ hour remove ice cream coated balls from the freezer, place each one into a phyllo cup and drizzle with honey. Serve immediately!