Chocolate Baklava


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

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
48 pieces


  • 1 pound pecans, finely chopped

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate (such as Callebaut®), finely chopped

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 pound phyllo dough, thawed

  • 1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, melted

  • ¾ cup orange juice

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate

  • 1 teaspoon butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 10x14-inch baking pan with butter.

  2. Mix pecans, dark chocolate, 3/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl.

  3. Trim phyllo dough to fit prepared baking pan. Layer 8 sheets of phyllo dough in prepared baking pan, brushing each sheet with melted butter; sprinkle with 2 cups pecan mixture. Spread butter on 4 more sheets of phyllo and layer over pecans; sprinkle with 2 more cups pecans. Repeat layers with 4 more sheets of phyllo and remaining pecans. Pour any leftover butter over baklava.

  4. Cut through the top few layers of phyllo lengthwise, leaving bottom layer intact, to create 4 long rows. Make evenly-spaced zigzag cuts along each row to create 48 small triangles, again leaving bottom layer of phyllo intact.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until phyllo dough is golden brown and flaky, about 1 hour; immediately finish cutting through to bottom layer of baklava.

  6. Bring orange juice, honey, water, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice to a boil in a saucepan; reduce heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Pour sauce over baklava.

  7. Melt remaining 2 ounces semisweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon butter in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.

  8. Drizzle chocolate over baklava. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

201 Calories
14g Fat
18g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 201
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 58mg 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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