Monday, 9 December 2013

Baklava Bars

Day 6 of the Betty Crocker cookie fun was something I'm not sure I would consider a cookie but I am a dessert/sweets person so I won't complain one bit!



Cookie Base

1        pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2     cup butter or margarine, softened 
1/2     teaspoon grated lemon peel 
1         egg


1 1/2   cups chopped walnuts
1/3     cup granulated sugar 
1/4     cup butter or margarine, softened 
1        teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/8     teaspoon salt 
8        frozen mini phyllo shells (from 2.1-oz package) 


1/3    cup honey
2       tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 
1        tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/2      teaspoon lemon
1/4     teaspoon ground cinnamon                       
1         teaspoon vanilla


5      tablespoons honey



  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir walnuts, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and the salt with fork until mixture is well mixed and crumbly.
  • Sprinkle nut mixture evenly over partially baked base. With hands, crumble frozen fillo shells evenly over nut mixture. Bake 18 to 20 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave 1/3 cup honey, 2 tablespoons butter, the brown sugar, lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon uncovered on High 1 minute or until bubbly. Stir in vanilla.
  • Drizzle honey mixture evenly over fillo. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  • For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Before serving, drizzle 1/2 teaspoon honey over each bar. Store covered at room temperature.
Baklava (bahk-lah-VAH) is a sweet dessert made with layers of butter-drenched pastry, spices and nuts. A honey-lemon syrup is poured over the baked warm pastry and left to soak. The dessert is traditionally cut into triangles.

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