Baklava - How to Make Baklawa

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Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 75 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
350 Calories
24g Fat
36g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 350
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 19mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Baklava takes a lot of time to make. It's sticky and gooey. You will get messy—that's a given. But it is worth it. Baklava is such a dessert of passion. The passion it takes to make it, enjoying the sweet taste with each bite, makes it a dessert that is one of a kind.


  • 2 1/2 cups walnuts or pistachio nuts
  • 4 cups sugar plus 1/2 cup
  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 package, or 16 oz. frozen filo dough (thawed according to package directions)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • Cinnamon (to taste if using walnuts)

Steps to Make It

Prepare the Syrup:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine 4 cups sugar, lemon juice, and water in a medium saucepan.

  3. Bring to a boil, and allow to boil for 10 minutes.

  4. Add rosewater and bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately.

  5. Allow to cool. 

Prepare the Dough and Filling:

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and nuts in a bowl. If using walnuts add cinnamon.

  3. Preheat oven to 300 F.

  4. Unroll dough and cut into 9x12 pieces to fit into a dish.

  5. Grease bottom of 9x12 pan with butter.

  6. Place two sheets of dough in the baking dish.

  7. Brush dough with butter and repeat until half of the filo dough is used.

  8. Spread about 1 cup of the nut mixture over the last layer of dough.

  9. Place two sheets of filo dough and brush with butter.

  10. Repeat until nut mixture is used.

  11. On the final layer of filo dough, be sure to brush with butter.

  12. Cut into 3-inch squares.

  13. Then, cut each square in half diagonally to make triangles.

  14. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  15. Remove from oven and pour syrup over the top of baklava and allow to seep and saturate it well.

  16. Serve and enjoy!