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Quick and Easy Baklava Squares

I love baklava but rarely indulged because it took so much time to make. Then a friend of mine gave me this simple recipe. I’ve made these squares for family, friends and co-workers—they can’t get enough. I’m always asked to bring them to special gatherings and parties, and I even give them as gifts during the holidays. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (4 cups) chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 package (16 ounces, 14x9-inch sheets) frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup honey

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13x9-in. baking dish with cooking spray. Combine walnuts and cinnamon.
  • Unroll phyllo dough. Layer 2 sheets of phyllo in prepared pan; brush with butter. Repeat with 6 more sheets of phyllo, brushing every other 1 with butter. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.)
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup nut mixture in pan; drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey. Add 2 more phyllo sheets, brushing with butter; sprinkle another 1/2 cup nut mixture and 2 tablespoons honey over phyllo. Repeat layers 6 times. Top with remaining phyllo sheets, brushing every other 1 with butter.
  • Using a sharp knife, score surface to make 24 squares. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour or before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 294 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Penny
    Apr 18, 2020

    I love baklava but have never tried making it myself. The instructions regarding layers was very unclear to me. Does the nut mixture go between every doubled phyllo sheet? The instructions indicate that the first 8 sheets have no filling. Please explain.

  • eiman
    Dec 3, 2019

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