A decadent combination of two of my favorite desserts: cheesecake with a baklava crust. I call it cheeseklava! This is best made a day before serving.


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 5 mins
1 hr
2 hrs 35 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Baklava Crust:
Cheesecake Filling:


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch pan.

  • Toss walnuts and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.

  • Unroll phyllo dough and trim to just slightly larger than the pan so dough will run up the sides. Place 2 sheets of dough in the prepared pan and butter thoroughly. Repeat for a total of 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of cinnamon-walnut mixture on top. Top with 2 more sheets of dough, butter, cinnamon-walnut mixture; repeat and end with 3 sheets of dough. Butter the top of the baklava.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Leave oven on.

  • Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, sugar, and flour in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on high power until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the bowl. Beat on low speed and add eggs 1 at a time, beating about 15 seconds after each. Scrape bowl. Add lemon juice and beat on high speed until well blended, about 1 minute. Pour mixture over baked baklava crust in the pan while crust is still hot.

  • Bake in the hot oven until set, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.

  • Cut cooled cheesecake into 12 servings.

  • Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil until melted, about 5 minutes. Add honey and vanilla extract and simmer for 20 minutes. Drizzle hot sauce over the cooled cake, making sure to get in between the slices.

  • Refrigerate uncovered or only lightly covered with aluminum foil; a tight seal will make it soggy.

Cook's Notes:

Don't feel pressured to use all the butter. Similarly, you may not need all the sauce. I like mine gooey.

I use a pastry bag to distribute the filling evenly, requiring as little adjustment as possible so as to protect the phyllo.

Nutrition Facts

520 calories; protein 7.6g 15% DV; carbohydrates 54.7g 18% DV; fat 31.9g 49% DV; cholesterol 92.4mg 31% DV; sodium 268.3mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I made this cheesecake and after cutting it serving it and eating it we decided that even though we liked it we felt it was missing that honey flavor that you find in Baklava. I went to review this and I realized that I had not printed the whole recipe. It was my mistake and I'm sure the sauce adds that 'missing flavor'. It does make a rather thin cheesecake and it sets up perfectly making it ideal to pick up and eat just like Bakalava or bars. Read More