Chipotle-Orange Baklava Recipe
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Chipotle-Orange Baklava Recipe

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Citrus, cinnamon and smoky chipotle peppers make my version of this flaky, sweet pastry so unique. It's really rich, so a little goes a long way. —Christine Neary, Portland, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) shelled walnuts
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, melted
  • 1 package (16 ounces, 14x9-inch sheets) frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • SYRUP:
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 to 2 dried chipotle chilies, split lengthwise in half
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches each)

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 258 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a food processor, combine the first five ingredients; pulse until walnuts are finely chopped. Brush a 13x9-in. baking pan with some of the butter. Unroll phyllo dough; trim to fit into pan.
  2. Layer three sheets of phyllo in prepared pan, 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 walnut mixture. Repeat layers 11 times. Top with remaining phyllo sheets, brushing each with butter.
  3. Cut into 36 triangles. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine syrup ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Strain syrup through a fine mesh strainer; discard chilies and cinnamon sticks. Pour over warm baklava. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and let stand several hours or overnight. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chipotle-Orange Baklava in Taste of Home November 2013

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"This is a fantastic recipe. The chipotle gives it a very different twist that a lot of people can't identify at first tasting.

There are a few steps to it but it is worth it."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"on step 2 how do you repeat layer 16 times???? you would need 3 boxes of phyllo and the mixtur would not go that far???? Thank you and kind regards Edward"

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