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Miracle Baklava Recipe

Miracle Baklava Recipe

Always asked to bring baklava to special occasions, I created this lighter version to help everyone cut back on calories and fat. The layers of phyllo dough make it very flaky. Try'll like it!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 25 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:30 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Refrigerated butter-flavored spray (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 package frozen phyllo dough (16 ounce, 14-inch x 9-inch sheet size), thawed
  • SYRUP:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Spritz a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with butter-flavored spray. Unroll phyllo sheets. Place one sheet of phyllo in pan; spritz with butter-flavored spray and brush to coat evenly. Repeat seven times, spritzing and brushing each layer. (Keep remaining phyllo dough covered with plastic wrap to avoid drying out.)
  • 2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup crumb mixture over phyllo in pan. Layer with two sheets of phyllo, spritzing and brushing with butter-flavored spray between each. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup crumb mixture; repeat 11 times. Top with one phyllo sheet; spritz and brush with butter-flavored spray. Repeat seven more times, spritzing and brushing each layer.
  • 3. Cut into 15 squares; cut each square in half diagonally. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring the sugar, water, honey and lemon peel to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm. Pour syrup over warm baklava. Yield: 30 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 154 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.

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Salman User ID: 7203516 57993
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Thanks for the recipe and try to add cinnamon stick to the syrup in replace of the vanilla and you will test a fantastic delicious ."

Saybeebisber User ID: 6255487 130737
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"I made this for a full Greek meal that we are having in a few days!! It turned out simply wonderful . It is so tasty served warm. I have never worked with phyllo dough before, but in no time I got the hang of it. There is time involved but the end result is well worth it."

QuickLime0711 User ID: 6099171 62096
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"My greek co-worker said it was one of the best recipes of baklava that she had tried - I will definitely make it again."

MariaS. User ID: 498487 152880
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"I personally love and prefer this Baklava cause I don't like nuts at all. If and when I have raisins or craberries on hand I'll add a handful. This is truely an easy and tasty dessert."

thekingsfive User ID: 1766534 155869
Reviewed May. 1, 2010

"This recipe was fantastic. It was very easy, and was definitely one of the most economical baklava recipes that I looked at. It was just delicious!!!"

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 155805
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"This was very simple to make even though it looks complicated and it was very good!"

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