This is the perfect Christmas dessert presented as a gift to others. There’s baklava…and then there’s baklava you make yourself. A delicious treat, and a wonderful little Christmas gift!


  • 1/2 pound chopped pecans
  • 1/2 pound chopped walnuts
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound package of phyllo dough
  • 1-1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2-1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel

Mix the walnuts in a large bowl and mix with the ground cinnamon. Set aside.


  • Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Place 2 sheets of paper in the bottom of the prepared dish. Spread generously with melted butter.
  • Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of the walnut mixture on the face. Repeat layers until all nuts, butter, and chips are used.
  • Finish with about 6 layers of edges on top. If you still have a little butter left over, spread it over the top layer.
  • With a very sharp knife, cut all the layers of baklava. Cut 3-4 slices lengthwise.
  • Then make diagonal cuts to make diamond shapes.
  • Bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
  • While the baklava is baking, heat the honey in a saucepan until it comes to a boil. Add the vanilla flavor and lemon peel.
  • When the baklava is cooked in bread, immediately pour the honey mixture over it.
  • Let it cool completely in the skillet.


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