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Christmas Baklava

As the festive season approaches, it’s time to indulge in delightful treats that bring warmth and joy to our homes. Christmas Baklava, a rich and flavorful dessert, offers a perfect blend of crunchy layers of phyllo dough, mixed nuts, and sweet honey. This recipe brings together the essence of the holiday spirit with its decadent flavors and aromatic spices. Let’s dive into the details of creating this exquisite Christmas delight that is sure to become a family favorite.

Christmas Baklava Recipe:


  • 1/2 pound chopped pecans
  • 1/2 pound chopped walnuts
  • 2-3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound package of Phyllo dough
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, melted
  • 2-1/2 cups honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest


  1. Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Place 2 sheets of phyllo in the bottom of prepared dish. Brush generously with melted butter.
  3. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Repeat layers until all the nuts, butter, and phyllo are used.
  4. End with about 6 layers of phyllo on the top. If you still have some butter left, brush it over the top layer.
  5. Using a very sharp knife, cut through all layers of the baklava. Cut 3-4 slices length-wise. Then make diagonal cuts to make diamond shapes.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes, until golden and crisp.
  7. While baklava is baking, heat honey in a saucepan until close to boiling. Stir in vanilla and lemon zest.
  8. When baklava is done baking, immediately pour the honey mixture over the top.
  9. Let cool completely in the pan.

Tips for Perfect Christmas Baklava:

  1. Ensure the phyllo dough is properly thawed before using to prevent it from cracking.
  2. Use a sharp knife to cut through the layers of baklava to achieve clean, neat slices.
  3. Allow the baklava to cool completely before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  4. Store leftover baklava in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or freeze for longer shelf life.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. Can I use different types of nuts in this recipe?
    • Yes, you can customize the nut mixture according to your preference, such as almonds, pistachios, or hazelnuts.
  2. Can I substitute honey with other sweeteners?
    • While honey provides the traditional flavor, you can use maple syrup or agave nectar as alternatives.
  3. How do I prevent the baklava from becoming soggy?
    • Ensure the baklava is completely cooled before pouring the honey mixture over it to maintain its crisp texture.
  4. Can I prepare the baklava in advance?
    • Yes, you can make the baklava a day ahead and store it in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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