Honey Cinnamon Roll-Ups

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + cooling Bake: 15 min.


24 servings

Updated: Sep. 07, 2023
This cinnamon treat reminds me of baklava, but with only a few easy ingredients, it's a fraction of the work. It's my aunt's recipe, and I think of her when I make it. —Sue Falk, Sterling Heights, Michigan


  • 2 cups ground walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 12 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • SYRUP:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine walnuts, sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on a 15x12-in. piece of waxed paper; brush with butter. Place a second phyllo sheet on top, brushing it with butter. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Sprinkle with 1/4 cup walnut mixture. Using waxed paper, roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side, removing paper as you roll. Slice roll into 4 smaller rolls; transfer rolls to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Repeat with remaining phyllo dough and walnut mixture, by 1/4 cupfuls. Bake until light brown, 14-16 minutes. Cool dish on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine all syrup ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Drizzle cinnamon rolls with syrup; sprinkle with remaining walnut mixture.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Substitute your favorite nut or combination of nuts for the walnuts. Pecans, pistachios and almonds are exceptional in this recipe.
  • Get creative with the spices. Instead of just cinnamon, try a mixture of cardamom, allspice and ginger. And you can never go wrong with pumpkin pie spice.
  • Check out more desserts you can make with phyllo dough.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 roll-up: 132 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.