The Best Greek Desserts Featuring Phyllo Dough

Baklava | Photo by Meredith.

We love the layered splendor that phyllo dough delivers! Thin, flaky, buttery sheets of dough that bake up into magnificent desserts and savory sensations. And Greek cooks, of course, are masters with the phyllo dough (or filo dough, if you prefer). These are some of our very favorite Greek dessert recipes with phyllo dough, including baklava, Galaktoboureko, portokalopita (a Greek orange phyllo cake), and more! Best of all, many of these recipes are actually surprisingly easy to make.

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This traditional Greek dessert is made with custard in a crispy phyllo shell. "This is a recipe that my mom got from a coworker and would make regularly when I was young," says GAPGIRL. "After all these years it is still a family favorite."

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Greek Baklava

Greek Baklava
Photo by Betty.

"Here's a Greek favorite that makes everyone think you are a master chef and is sooo easy to make!" says NEONWILLIE. "I taught a Greek friend how to make apple pie and she taught me this fabulous recipe. The phyllo dough for this recipe is found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. Add a little lemon zest to the sugar sauce, if desired."

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Portokalopita (Greek Orange Phyllo Cake)

Portokalopita (Greek Orange Phyllo Cake)
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"Portokalopita is a deliciously different cake, and a must-try for anyone who is afraid of phyllo," says Diana Moutsopoulos. "Why? Because here the phyllo is shredded to bits -- the messier the better! The gorgeous orange and cinnamon syrup ensures this cake stays beautifully moist."

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Chocolate Baklava

Chocolate Baklava in a parchment paper lined dish
Jenn Shin Mawhinney

"This chocolate version of the traditional Greek dessert is a cinch to make but looks like you've slaved for hours," says Robin C. "It is very impressive and tastes delicious."

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Lemonopita (Greek Lemon Phyllo Cake)

"This Greek dessert is made with Greek yogurt, lemon juice and zest, and lots of shredded phyllo pastry," says Diana Moutsopoulos. "The texture is unique, and you won't believe how easy it is to make."

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Traditional Galaktoboureko

Here's a traditional take on a great Greek dessert. "Lemony semolina custard in a phyllo crust with lemon syrup. The Greek traditional way of making it,' says NIKOLETTA. "I hope you will enjoy it as much we Greeks do!"

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Baklava Cheesecake

It's two classic desserts in one! "A decadent combination of two of my favorite desserts: cheesecake with a baklava crust," says Trinity. "I call it cheeseklava! This is best made a day before serving."

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Homemade Phyllo Dough

Try these top-rated Greek desserts with your own homemade phyllo dough! You don't have to be an expert to make your own phyllo. "I'm no expert," says Chef John. "But despite that, I still managed to achieve some fairly excellent results, and suspect you will as well. And it's way more fun than buying it frozen from the store."

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