Chipotle-Orange Baklava

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 35 min. + standing


3 dozen

Updated: Dec. 19, 2023
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
Chipotle-Orange Baklava Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (16 ounces) shelled walnuts
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 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 chiles, split lengthwise in half
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches each)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a food processor, combine the first 5 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 3 sheets of phyllo in prepared pan, brushing each with butter. Cover the remaining phyllo with a damp towel to prevent drying. 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 until golden brown, 35-40 minutes.
  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 chiles and cinnamon sticks. Pour over warm baklava. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and let stand several hours or overnight.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 258 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 110mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.