Learn How to Make Baklava with Matthew Merril and His Grandma

To learn how to make baklava, follow this step-by-step TikTok tutorial from Matthew Merril, a teenage baking prodigy.

If you don’t know what baklava is, take notes, because you’ll be obsessed. The pastry is a popular dessert found in Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine, and it usually consists of layers of buttered phyllo dough, a sweet nut mixture and an even sweeter, sticky honey syrup.

Wondering how to make baklava? In this adorable video, TikTok creator and former Kids Baking Championship contestant @matthewinthekitchen teams up with his grandma to show you how to make her baklava recipe. It’s a long process, but it’s also looks pretty fun!

@matthewinthekitchenMaking baklava with the woman who inspired me to cook. Hope you enjoy #baking #baklava #grandma♬ original sound – Matthew Merril

How to Make Baklava

Matthew’s grandma brought this recipe with her from Baghdad, when she immigrated to the United States. If you’ve never worked with phyllo dough before, skim this phyllo guide for a quick primer.


Here’s what you’ll need to get started on the baklava:

  • 1 package phyllo dough, about 40 sheets
  • 2-1/2 sticks melted butter
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cardamom, to taste
  • 1-1/2 pounds walnuts

For the honey syrup:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of honey

Then, to learn how to make baklava, follow along with Matthew and his grandma in the TikTok video!

How to Make Your Baklava Even Better

Already have this authentic recipe mastered? Step up your baklava game by trying these other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. We’ve got recipes for rich chocolate baklava, a stunning baklava-inspired cheesecake with sugared cranberries and rosemary and even bacon-filled baklava for a savory bite.

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Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah loves all things food and trends—especially the combination of the two. As a contributing writer for Taste of Home, she uses her reporting background and digital knowledge to research, write and fact-check articles on popular fast-food chains, new products and TikTok food hacks. Hannah is an experienced content strategist too, which helps her create user-friendly content and check Google’s SEO boxes. When she’s not writing, you can find Hannah cooking some form of chicken or pasta, baking something sweet, cozying up to Gilmore Girls or at Costco buying Liquid IV for her next marathon.