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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. + standing Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:32 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • PHYLLO DOUGH:
  • 18 sheets phyllo dough (14x9-inch sheet size)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • SYRUP:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 10 orange peel strips (1 to 3 inches)

Directions

  • 1. Pulse first six ingredients in a food processor until finely chopped. Set aside.
  • 2. 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. 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 in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Repeat layering and rolling with remaining phyllo, butter and nut mixture. Bake 10 minutes. Gently turn cookies over; bake until golden brown, 10-15 minutes longer. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks over waxed paper.
  • 4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring sugar, water and orange peel to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 30-35 minutes. Strain and discard peel. Spoon half of syrup over cookies. Let stand for 15 minutes. Drizzle with remaining syrup. Cool completely. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.

Recipe Note

To Make Ahead: Prepare as directed. Freeze in a single layer on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Once frozen, package in freezer bags, separating layers with waxed paper. Thaw in a single layer before serving.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 132 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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