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Golden-brown pieces of baklava, served on a small white tray.
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Easy Baklava Recipe

Delicate, flaky sheets of phyllo dough are layered with a crunchy walnut-and-cinnamon filling, and then soaked in a sweet honey syrup scented with fresh lemon. This Easy Homemade Baklava Recipe is a beloved traditional dessert you can make in your own kitchen!
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time1 hr 25 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: baklawa, greek baklava, how to make baklava
Servings: 24
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Jill


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pure honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 16 ounce package phyllo dough thawed
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter melted
  • 4 cups walnuts finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  • Open the phyllo pastry dough package and cover with a damp towel to prevent drying out. If needed, trim the dough to fit your glass baking dish.
  • Grease a 13 x 9-inch or larger glass baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, honey, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and simmer without stirring for 4 minutes; set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  • Combine the finely chopped walnuts and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Lay 1 sheet of the phyllo dough into the bottom of the buttered dish. Brush with melted butter, then repeat with 9 more sheets of phyllo. Spread ¾ cup of the walnut mixture evenly over the phyllo layer.
  • Lay another 5 sheets of phyllo dough over top of the walnut mixture, brushing each with butter. Sprinkle on another ¾ cup of the walnut mixture.
  • Repeat until walnut mixture is used up, then top with 10 last sheets of phyllo dough, brushing butter on each as you add them.
  • Brush the top layer with butter, then slice the pastry into 1 1/2 inch strips and then slice diagonally in both directions to create diamonds.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour 25 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  • Immediately after removing from the oven, pour the cooled syrup over the pastry.
  • Let cool completely before serving. For best results, let the baklava sit covered overnight to soak up the syrup.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg