14 Sweet Ways to Use Phyllo Dough
Phyllo dough is great for making fun appetizers or traditional Greek dishes like spanakopita, but it can also be used in sweet ways as a dessert. You can bake up the classic baklava, use it as a crust for cheesecake, or even layer it to create a pie. With an irresistibly flaky texture, it's the perfect choice for your next dessert.
Fruit and Cream Phyllo Pie
You can use your favorite pie filling to whip up this rich pastry. Phyllo dough makes the tender crust, which is layered up with a sweet cream cheese mixture and apple pie filling.
This beloved Greek dessert is a common use for phyllo dough. It's stacked up with layers of nuts, spices, and butter to create an irresistibly flaky treat.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cigars
Each of these tasty cigars is made from light phyllo dough wrapped around chocolate hazelnut spread. Reviewer JARRIE says, "These are simple, delicious ,and a fantastic way to use up leftover phyllo dough when making a savory entree for dinner."
This apple strudel is flaky and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Don't forget to serve it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
It doesn't get much easier than this baklava recipe that only takes half an hour of prep. Best part? The pastry freezes well, so you can make a big batch to enjoy over months at a time.
"Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert made with a custard in a crispy phyllo pastry shell," says recipe creator GAPGIRL. "After all these years it is still a family favorite."
Portokalopita (Greek Orange Phyllo Cake)
Recipe creator Diana Moutsopoulos explains just why this cake is a must-try, "Portokalopita is a deliciously different cake, and a must-try for anyone who is afraid of phyllo. 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."
A classic Palestinian dessert, the phyllo dough is shredded and layered up with sweet cheese and a hearty soaking of rosewater syrup. The cheese filling is traditionally made from Nabulsi cheese, but the ricotta-mozzarella mix is a great substitute.
Chocolate-Mascarpone Phyllo Triangles
These delicate and flaky bites have a rich filling of chocolate, mascarpone cheese, and pecans. You can make triangles, or use a fun cookie cutter like Buckwheat Queen for different shapes.
Classic baklava gets a chocolatey upgrade in this decadent recipe. "Recipe turned out great. The tangy citrus sauce really balanced out the dark chocolate," says reviewer Josh A.
Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Pie
This cheesecake pie is just as impressive tasting as it is impressive looking. The phyllo dough gives it a flaky, light crust layered up with sweet cream cheese filling and fresh fruit.
"A decadent combination of two of my favorite desserts: cheesecake with a baklava crust," says recipe creator Yoly. "I call it cheeseklava! This is best made a day before serving."
This baklava is super nutty, with both walnuts and pistachios for extra crunch and flavor. Buttery phyllo dough pastry is paired with these spiced nuts and baked in a honey syrup infused with orange blossom.
Made with phyllo dough, nuts, and milk, om ali is a traditional Egyptian dessert. Mix and match your favorite nuts, though pistachios and hazelnuts are the traditional choices.