Greek Sweet Cheese Cups-Tsibita

This recipe is an adaptation of the traditional "melitinia" from Santorini, Greece. These cheese cups are great for a coffee morning with friends! 

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For the dough

  • 1/2 kg flour
  • 1 egg
  • some salt
  • 4 tbsp oil

For the stuffing

  • 1 kg hard white cheese (not too salty)
  • 2- 3 eggs
  • 1 glass sugar (approximately)
  • 1/2 glass honey
  • some cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla extract powder


Preheat the oven to 150°C.

Preparing the phylo dough.

Mix the flour, the oil, the salt and the egg.

Add as much water as needed and knead well. The dough must be soft to easily roll open, with a rolling pin.

Let sit in the fridge while you make the filling.

Making the filling.

Place the cheese in a bowl,  then stir in the eggs, the sugar, the honey, the cinnamon and the vanilla.

Knead all the ingredients well; taste the mixture to see if more sugar or honey should be added.

Putting them together.

Open the phylo with the rolling pin and then with a round utensil, usually a medium sized cap of a jar, cut the phylo into round pieces of approximately 12 centimeters diameter.

Place one tablespoon of the stuffing on each piece of phylo and spread.

Then take the piece in your hand and make it into a shallow cup, making sure that the edges are a bit higher so the filling will not spill over.

Use some oil or if you prefer flour to grease the baking pan and place the nibbles / tsimbita on the pan.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes.


Make the filling to your liking by altering the amount of sugar, and the type of cheese you use (Use ricotta, anthotiro, or any type of white "not too salty" cheese!)
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