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Quick and Easy Baklava Squares

I love baklava but rarely indulge because it takes so much time to make. Then a friend of mine gave me this simple recipe. I’ve made it for family, friends and co-workers—they can’t get enough. I’m always asked to bring these squares to special gatherings and parties, and I even give them as gifts during the holidays. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (4 cups) chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 package (16 ounces, 14x9-inch sheets) frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup honey

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13x9-in. baking dish with cooking spray. Combine walnuts and cinnamon.
  • Unroll phyllo dough. Layer 2 sheets of phyllo in prepared pan; brush with butter. Repeat with 6 more sheets of phyllo, brushing every other 1 with butter. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.)
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup nut mixture in pan; drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey. Add 2 more phyllo sheets, brushing with butter; sprinkle another 1/2 cup nut mixture and 2 tablespoons honey over phyllo. Repeat layers 6 times. Top with remaining phyllo sheets, brushing every other 1 with butter.
  • Using a sharp knife, score surface to make 24 squares. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 294 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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