Baklava Cookie Bar
Happy Friday! This week has felt especially long. My husband has been traveling and the house feels very empty without him. He comes home this weekend, so I wanted to make him his favorite dessert. He's obsessed with baklava, but I didn't have any phyllo dough in the freezer, so I decided make cookie bars instead. It turned out absolutely delicious and I can't wait for him to come home and give it a try.
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature (12 tbsp)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 2/3 cup pecans, chopped
- 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp rose water
- 1 tbsp honey
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 inch square baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a stand mixer, beat together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed with the paddle attachment for 5 minutes. Add in the vanilla and beat for another minute.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ground cardamom. Add in the dry ingredients to your butter mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated.
- Press dough evenly onto prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
- While the crust is in the oven, make the nut topping by combining pecans, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and melted butter in a bowl.
- When the crust is ready, spoon the topping over warm crust and return back to the oven for another 10 minutes.
- While the bars are in the oven, combine water, sugar, rose water, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Once the bars are out of the oven, let sit for 5 minutes before spooning the warm syrup over the bars. Let the bars cool completely in the pan before removing and cutting into triangles.