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Chocolate Baklava

I've been cooking for years, and baklava remains a favorite. Most folks find one piece of this rich dessert very satisfying, so this recipe feeds many people. —Cindy Schumacher, Kenvil, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    50 pieces


  • 1 package (16 ounces, 14-inch x 9-inch sheet size) frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, melted
  • 1 pound finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (10 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • SYRUP:
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Butter a 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Unroll one package of phyllo dough; cut stack into a 10-1/2x9-in. rectangle. Repeat with remaining phyllo. Discard scraps.
  • Line bottom of prepared pan with two sheets of phyllo dough (sheets will overlap slightly). Brush with butter. Repeat layers 8 times. (Keep dough covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel until ready to use to prevent it from drying out.)
  • In a large bowl, combine the nuts, chocolate chips, sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest. Sprinkle 2 cups over top layer of phyllo.
  • Top with four layers phyllo dough, buttering each layer. Top with 2 or more cups nut mixture. Top with four layers phyllo dough, buttering each layer; top with remaining nut mixture. Top with the remaining phyllo dough, brushing each layer with butter. Drizzle any remaining butter over top.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut baklava into 1-1/2-in. diamonds. Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, combine the syrup ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour over warm baklava. Cool completely in pans on wire racks.

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  • Adriana
    Dec 2, 2017

    I make this almost every Christmas and it's always a hit with family and friends! Love it!

  • lindica
    Dec 1, 2013

    I see all 5 star reviews and i'm dumb founded. I was NOT impressed with this recipe. I've done other baklava recipes w/no problems. I bake and cook quite a bit. I found this recipe to be a complete disaster. It is the first and only TofH recipe I've ever been displeased with. Its a very expensive recipe to be so unhappy with.

  • runr1971
    Nov 20, 2013

    Made this for my bunco group and it was a hit! Will be making again for a company work function. Love it!!

  • becky66
    Jun 30, 2013

    I have made this several times, and it is absolutely delicious. The prep has several steps, but is definitely easy and well worth it.

  • smckhouston
    Mar 4, 2013

    No comment left

  • jcstricklin
    Feb 6, 2013

    I made this for my son's Greek feast in History. The kids loved it! It is expensive to make with a pound of walnuts. I did cut the butter down to a cup. I buttered every other layer and it didn't get too greasy. It was perfect!

  • N-H
    Apr 18, 2012

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  • Magnificent7
    Jan 3, 2012

    People tell me that it is the best baklava they have ever eaten.

  • wulffpuppy
    Dec 17, 2009

    This is the most awesome baklava recipe I have made. It always gets rave reviews every time I make it.