The creamy filling of these goat cheese bites is mixed with honey and cinnamon, served in flaky phyllo shells, and topped with pistachios for an irresistible treat!
Have you ever noticed at parties that people are hesitant to take a whole slice of cheesecake, but smaller cheesecake bites disappear almost immediately? There’s something about finger food that just draws people in.
These goat cheese bites with pistachios are another great example. The rich, creamy filling is mixed with cream cheese, cinnamon, and honey, then dolloped into a flaky phyllo cup and topped with crunchy pistachios for an irresistible bite!
These bites are a little bit sweet, a little bit savory, and perfect as an appetizer or a dessert. You can serve them to guests or bring them to get-togethers. In either case, they’ll probably be one of the first dishes to disappear.
Best of all, you only need five ingredients for the filling. Just mix, transfer into the baked phyllo shells, top with pistachios, and enjoy!
How to make goat cheese bites with pistachios
Let’s take a closer look at how simple these tasty bites are to make.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Step 2: Place the frozen phyllo shells on a baking sheet and bake for about 3 minutes or until crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Step 3: Meanwhile, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, lemon zest, cinnamon, and honey in a food processor.
Step 4: Blend until smooth, scraping the sides at least once.
Step 5: Pipe or spoon the cheese mixture into the phyllo shells and top with chopped pistachios.
In five easy steps, your delicious bites will be ready to serve!
Variations for this recipe
There are so many ways you can customize these bites. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients!
Don’t have pistachios on hand? Try chopped walnuts, almonds, pecans, or any other kind of nut.
Trying to cut back on sugar? Replace the honey with sugar-free maple syrup or any syrup that uses a low-carb sweetener.
Want to play around with toppings? Chopped or shaved sugar-free dark chocolate or shredded coconut are always a great choice.
This dish is best served the same day it’s prepared to ensure the phyllo shells remain crispy. If you want to prep the recipe ahead of time, I recommend mixing the filling, then storing it in the refrigerator in an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, bake the phyllo shells and finish assembling.
If you do find yourself with leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I recommend enjoying within a few days.
Other easy-to-prep bite recipes
No matter what time of day, I love serving finger food as appetizers. Everyone seems more comfortable taking one… and then reaching for seconds!
If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are a few recipes I know you’ll enjoy:
Looking for more breakfast inspiration? Check out this roundup of the best low-carb smoothies for diabetics!
When you’ve tried these bites, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked them and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Goat Cheese Bites with Pistachios
- 1 box frozen mini phyllo shells (about 12 shells – 1.9 ounce)
- 2 ounces goat cheese (softened)
- ½ cup cream cheese (whipped)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- pinch cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 3 tablespoons pistachios (chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the frozen phyllo shells on a baking sheet and bake for about 3 minutes or until crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Meanwhile, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, lemon zest, cinnamon, and honey in a food processor.
- Blend until smooth, scraping the sides at least once.
- Pipe or spoon the cheese mixture into the phyllo shells and top with chopped pistachios.