Didi's Baklava Bars

Didi Dalaba


This is my adoption of an amazing original recipe from the BC website! I made the original version, it was awesome... but alas, super expensive!! I needed to make a more budget family vesion, pronto!!
I tweaked and tweaked, and this is the final product. Their is a little tutorial going on with the phyllo dough, I hope that helps alot of people, because I know so many that are weary of trying phyllo dough.
The nutty, spicy and honey flavors are just amazing!! Every man in your life will come begging back for more... you know what they say about men and cinnamon?? ;-)

I get asked to bring this all the time!! They disappear faster than I can make them!!
We call it "easy peasy baklava".


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1 Hr 15 Min
25 Min



batch (or if large batch 1/2 of batch) of your favorite sugar cookie recipe. divide in half. to the half that you will be using add;
1 tsp
grated lemon zest


1 1/2 c
chopped walnuts
1/3 c
granulated sugar
1/4 c
butter or margarine softened
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1/8 tsp
2 1/2 c
choppd phyllo dough defrosted


1/3 c
2 Tbsp
butter or margarine softened
1 1/2 Tbsp
brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp
lemon juice
1/2 tsp
1/8 tsp
ground cloves
2 tsp

How to Make Didi's Baklava Bars


  • 1Preheat oven to 350F. Using a 13 x 9 inch pan, spray with non-stick cooking spray. To the bottom only of the pan, add your cookie dough that you have now added the grated lemon zest. Press down evenly and bake for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside.
  • 2While cookie base is baking, get your filling ingredients ready.
  • 3Start by chopping up your phyllo dough. On a clean flat surface, lay your phyllo dough.
  • 4Unwrap
  • 5Measure out about 3-4 inches, and cutting straight down using a sharp knife.
  • 6Slice into strips, lay the strips ontop of each other and chop roughly.
  • 7In a bowl, add the rest of your filling and mix well.
  • 8Remove the cookie base from the oven, add the nut mixture.
  • 9Add the chopped phyllo dough. Bake for another 25 minutes. As the baklava bars are baking, in a small sauce pan, add the glaze ingredients and bring the mixture to a bubble. Remove from heat, set aside.
  • 10Remove the baklava bars from oven.
  • 11Immediately pour glaze over baklava bars.
  • 12Let cool for at least 1 hour ( I know, just walk away, that's what I have to do ;-) ) Cut into square size of you choice.


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