Easy Baklava


This baklava recipe is simple and easy. Serve it in cupcake papers. It freezes well, too.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 20 mins
36 pieces


  • 1 pound chopped nuts

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough

  • 1 cup butter, melted

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup honey

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Toss together nuts and cinnamon. Unroll phyllo and cut the whole stack in half to fit the dish. Cover phyllo with a damp cloth while assembling the baklava, to keep it from drying out.

  3. Place 2 sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the prepared dish. Brush generously with some of the melted butter. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture on top. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, ending with about 6 sheets of phyllo.

  4. Using a sharp knife, cut baklava into 4 long rows, then diagonally 9 times to make 36 diamond shapes. Be sure to cut all the way through to the bottom of the layers.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and crisp, about 50 minutes.

  6. While baklava is baking, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir in honey, vanilla, and lemon zest; reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

  7. Remove baklava from the oven and immediately spoon syrup over it. Let cool completely before serving. Store uncovered.

    close up view of a piece of Baklava


You may use orange zest instead of lemon zest if you prefer.

Editor's Note:

This recipe appears as "Hot Honey Baklava" in the Allrecipes Magazine.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

201 Calories
14g Fat
18g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 201
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 70mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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