These honey, walnut, and goat cheese phyllo cups are an easy appetizer recipe that requires minimal cooking, so it comes together in very little time. Perfect for your next holiday party!
I love a great phyllo cup recipe. They're perfect for this busy time of the year. These flakey little cups are made with layers of phyllo dough and come pre-baked, so all you do is crisp them up, fill and serve.
You can add fresh fruit and whipped cream for a quick bite-sized dessert, or fill them with savory ingredients for a delicious bite.
Honey, walnut, and goat cheese phyllo cups are a simple but delicious appetizer that's made with easy to find ingredients. The savory goat cheese filling and sweet walnut topping makes this simple appetizer the perfect addition to a snack spread for your party guests.
You can prep them a couple days ahead of time, then assemble them in the hours before company arrives so you can be focused on your guests while snacking on something tasty.
- Mini phyllo cups - Find these thin, crispy shells in the freezer section of your grocery store.
- Goat cheese - Plain goat cheese at room temperature works best.
- Whole milk or heavy cream - Choose whichever you prefer or have on hand.
- Fresh thyme - Fresh thyme is best for this recipe.
- Walnuts - Whole walnuts, walnut halves, or walnut pieces will all work.
- Honey - This is a key ingredient for both flavor and texture for this recipe. There isn't a substitute for it.
- An orange - You'll need a fresh orange for this recipe since we're using the peel.
How to Make Honey, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Phyllo Cup Appetizers
Crisp mini phyllo shells according to package directions. Allow to cool to room temperature. Set aside.
Toast walnuts in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Toss walnuts as they toast, being careful not to burn them.
Remove from heat as soon as you start smelling the nuts. Cool them to room temperature.
Finely chop walnuts. In a small bowl, combine chopped walnuts with honey and orange zest. Set mixture aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the soft goat cheese, cream, thyme and salt. Beat with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes until mixture is light and fluffy.
Place ½ teaspoon of goat cheese mixture into a phyllo cup.
Top with ½ teaspoon of nut mixture.
Top with a few leaves of fresh thyme. Repeat with remaining phyllo cups.
Serve at room temperature.
- This is a great make ahead recipe for holiday entertaining. Make the walnut and honey topping and store it in a covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Mix well before using. Make the goat cheese filling and store it in a covered container in the refrigerator.
The morning you want to serve these, crisp the phyllo cups, bring the goat cheese mixture to room temperature, and stir the walnut and honey topping. Assemble the phyllo cups up to 2 hours before guests arrive. Cover and leave at room temperature until ready to serve.
- Phyllo dough and puff pastry are NOT the same thing. Phyllo dough cups come already baked and ready to fill. You just have to warm them up in the oven. Puff pastry is raw and needs to be fully baked. Like its name suggests, it puffs up when baked, leaving little room for filling.
- Phyllo dough shells are found in the freezer section of the grocery store, usually by the puff pastry and frozen pie crusts.
Looking for more Easy Appetizers?
Easy appetizers mean easy entertaining! Pair these Honey, Walnut and Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups with Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms and Three Cheese Artichoke Dip for a variety of delicious appetizers at your next party.
FAQs and Substitutions
If you don’t like walnuts, pecans are also delicious in this recipe. Do not substitute peanuts. If you have a tree nut allergy, find a different recipe.
Hate goat cheese? You can use plain cream cheese in this recipe instead.
Yes. The texture of dried thyme doesn’t work with this recipe. Buy fresh thyme.
If your grocery store doesn’t carry - or is out of - phyllo cups, use water crackers instead. Spread the crackers with the goat cheese mixture, then top with the walnut mixture and fresh thyme.