Easy Baklava Bars

Crust:
  • 1 package (1 lb. 1.5 oz.) sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 c. butter softened
  • 1/4 tsp. powdered lemon peel
  • 1 egg
Filling:
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 9 frozen mini filo shells
Glaze:
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 2 T. butter, softened
  • 1 T. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the crust and stir until a soft dough forms. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, while the crust is in the oven, combine all of the filling ingredients except the mini filo shells. Sprinkle the filling evenly over the partially baked crust. With your hands, crumble the mini filo shells evenly over the nut mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.

While that bakes, combine the glaze ingredients in a small microwavable bowl. Cook, uncovered, on high for 1 minute or until bubbly. Drizzle the mixture over the top of the filo layer and allow to cool completely before cutting.

Carefully cut the bars into triangles and serve with a little honey drizzled over the top, if desired.

  • Yields: About 2 dozen bars
  • Preparation Time: 50 minutes, plus cooling time
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