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Baklava Rounds Recipe

Baklava Rounds Recipe

In need of a sweet treat that I could prepare ahead and freeze, I streamlined and modified a recipe that I found on a website. The rounds are like mini baklavas were a big hit at the elegant tea I catered for a Christmas gathering several years ago.—Meta West, Abilene, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + standing YIELD:32 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 10 orange peel strips (1 to 3 inches)
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 18 sheets phyllo dough (14-inch x 9-inch sheet size)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, water and orange peel to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until thickened. Strain and discard peel; set aside.
  • 2. In a food processor, combine the walnuts, almonds, sugar, almond extract, cinnamon and cloves. Cover and process until finely chopped.
  • 3. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface; brush with butter. Repeat with two more sheets of phyllo, brushing each with butter. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Sprinkle with 1/3 cup nut mixture. Repeat layers twice.
  • 4. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Brush roll with butter. Trim edges. Cut into 16 slices, about 3/4 in. each. Place cut side down on a greased 15-in. x 10-in x 1-in. baking pan. Repeat with remaining phyllo, butter and filling.
  • 5. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Gently turn cookies over; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks over waxed paper.
  • 6. Spoon half of the syrup over cookies. Let stand for 15 minutes. Drizzle with remaining syrup. Cool completely. Yield: 32 cookies.

Nutritional Facts

1 pastry: 132 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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