Cashew Baklava

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 20 min. + standing


2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 13, 2023
I always wanted to make Baklava, but it seemed like so much work. The son of my neighbor's friend showed us both how to make's really quite easy and so delicious. I like to mix up the nuts in the filling and use walnut, cashews or pecans.—Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario


  • 1-1/2 cups salted cashews
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 16 sheets phyllo dough (14x9 inches)
  • SYRUP:
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. For filling, in a food processor, combine the cashews, walnuts, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon and allspice. Cover and pulse until nuts are finely chopped. Brush a 13x9-in. baking pan with some of the butter. Unroll phyllo dough; trim to fit into pan.
  2. Layer 4 sheets of phyllo dough in prepared pan, brushing each with butter. (Keep remaining dough covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Sprinkle with a third of the nut mixture. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with butter.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut baklava into 6 squares, then cut each square into 4 triangles. Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard lemon slices and cloves. Pour over warm baklava. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and let stand overnight.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 258 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.