Peanut Butter Baklava

I have never really been a fan of Baklava.  Not because I don’t like it, I just never have really tried it apparently.  I’m not totally sure.   Right now I’m kicking myself for missing out on years and years of delicious Baklava eating.  When will I learn.
Thanks to Dorothy over on Crazy for Crust for schooling me on the amazingness of Baklava.  Holy heck.  It leaves me speechless!  And this recipe isn’t just any Baklava.  It’s Peanut Butter Baklava.  What the???  Yep, you read that right… Peanut.  Butter.  Baklava!  Words do not even begin to describe how delicious it is.  The flakyness of the phyllo dough and the sticky, sweet from the honey mixture.  Oh man.  I’m in love!  Love, I tell you.  And not that “just for today kind of love” that hits me oh so often.  This is a “rest of my life love!”  For reals!
Peanut Butter Baklava
* 1 roll of Phyllo dough
* 1 cup butter, melted
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 2/3 package of milk chocolate chips
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1 tsp. vanilla
The directions are a little complicated (at least they were for me), so read through them before you begin.
Get all of your ingredients out before you begin.  The Phyllo dough dries out quickly if not done properly.
Place melted butter in a bowl and have a pastry brush for brushing it on the phyllo.
Place peanut butter in a bowl and heat in the microwave about 30 seconds – 1 minute, until it is liquid.
Open your bag of chocolate chips.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Thoroughly butter your 9×9” pan.  My phyllo dough came in one large sheet so I used a 9×13 pan.  I didn’t want to throw any of it away.  =o)
Unwrap your roll of phyllo dough onto a cutting board and cut it in half, so it will fit in your pan. Cover the phyllo dough with a layer of plastic wrap and place a damp kitchen towel over the top. This step is super important!
Brush the top sheet of phyllo with melted butter. Grab it and the sheet below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, in the pan. Repeat two more times, so you have 6 sheets of phyllo in the pan. Cover the phyllo with the plastic/damp towel.
Pour about 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter over the top and spread. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Butter another phyllo sheet and grab the one below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, on top the peanut butter layer. Pour about 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter over the top and spread. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Repeat this about 4 more times, or until you are out of peanut butter.
Butter another phyllo sheet and grab the one below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, on top the peanut butter layer. Repeat this two times, so you have 6 layers on top of your last peanut butter layer. Butter the top of the baklava.
Using a sharp knife, cut your baklava into squares, being sure to cut all the way though all the layers. This was kind of hard but be patient.  The phyllo will slip and slide a little bit.
Bake about 45 minutes, until the baklava is golden brown.
While the baklava is baking, heat the water, sugar, honey, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to the lowest setting until the baklava is done baking..
When the baklava comes out of the oven, pour the honey mixture over the top, being sure to get it in all the cuts and corners. Let cool completely, uncovered, for several hours.  This is a strange and cool step.  I wasn’t quite sure how all that liquid was going to soak up and was worried it would turn into soup.  But it did soak up and made it amazing!
So there you have it – Peanut Butter Baklava.  It is now my most favorite dessert.  Thanks Dorothy!!!
 
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Comments

  1. being a Georgia girl, I can’t wait to try this! this is going to be a hit at camp meeting later this summer! thanks…

  2. A peanut butter Baklava seems different and delicious to me. I need to give a try!

  3. Oh wow, I love baklava but how cool that yours is with peanut butter! That’s amazing and sounds like perfection now that I think about it. I love how you added the chocolate chips as well! Two different additions that are my absolute favorites that will absolutely make this dish even better than the traditional recipe! Thanks for sharing! I’m going to just have to make it like this the next time I prepare baklava!

  4. Now that’s my kind of baklava!

  5. I’ve honestly never tried it! I think I need to now!! Thanks so much for partying with us at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

  6. I’m glad you liked it! 🙂

  7. Very interesting! My hubby and I love all things Peanut Butter! I am pinning this to try very soon. But I better take it to an event so we are not tempted to eat it all. Heavens this look delish!

    Cathy
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com

  8. This sounds amazing!! I would love for you to share at my Tasty Thursdays linky party and GIVEAWAY. Going on until Sunday. Hope to see you there and spread the word!! Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch
    http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/04/tasty-thursdays-36-giveaway.html

  9. I love baklava AND peanut butter so this sounds amazing! Have to try this!!

  10. I have yet to make Baklava but do like it. I would love it with the addition of PB and chocolate. Now I really must try it–when I have somewhere to drop most of it!

  11. Hi Erin,
    What a special treat, this looks delicious! Thank you very much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  12. Oh my word, I want to stare at those pictures all day! This is a must make on my list!
    I’d love it if you share this on Much Ado About Monday with Huckleberry Love!

    Karla
    http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/04/much-ado-about-monday-no-5.html

  13. I love baklava – never tried making it, though. That looks so fun 🙂

  14. Thank you so much for sharing all of this deliciousness! We have featured this delightful dish on our Friday Features! Make sure to stop by and grab an ‘I was Featured’ button and display it proudly!

    Jamie
    http://www.huckleberrylove.com

  15. I’ve never tried making these either but looks like one I might just be able to attempt to make. They look delicious!

  16. I’ve never eaten Baklava before but if it has peanut butter than I’ll probably like it!

  17. I never eat a Baklava but this look so good.

  18. What more can I say except I wish I had your knowledge in baking love it all

  19. wow thats an interesting version of baklava!

  20. i have never tried baklava but this looks really and i mean REALLY good ! i have to try this 🙂

  21. I love love love baklava, and would love to try this… lovely version. You seem to be as addicted to PB as I am lol.

  22. I tried Baklava for the first time just recently. It is amazingly good. Will have to attempt this one too.

  23. This looks so delish!!

  24. I love Baklava but have never made it myself because I thought that it would be too difficult. You made it sound and look easy. Not sure if I would like the pb version, but would be willing to try!

  25. I’ve never had baklava, maybe I’ll have to try this!

  26. I have always liked the flavor of Baklava but thought it was soooo sweet. I would like to try this variation to see if I would like it better than the overly sweet style.

  27. I had to laugh at your comment as I said the same thing…I really don’t like Baklava, then again have I really ever had it?! lol!
    This sounds wonderful and easy, a big plus, thanks for sharing:)

  28. I think I can do this, will definitely need to try it this weekend.

  29. Well doesn’t this look absolutely delicious! Want to mail me some? lol

  30. I really do like your peanut butter recipes. This doesn’t look too hard and I will give it a try. Thanksfor all the pictures

  31. ive heard of this but never seen a recipe for it. looks good!

  32. looks great! I would have never thought of making peanut butter baklava. thanks so much for the idea and recipe

  33. I absolutely love baklava. That was my main reason to go to the Greek restaurants is for the desert. This peanut butter baklava looks great and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Another recipe that looks and sounds like it would be super addictive, yet we can’t make it. My son has severe milk and peanut allergies. I wonder if any substitutions would work.

  35. I have never heard of these before but they sure do look yummy!!

  36. I have never heard of nor tried Baklava but after seeing this, I am so curious. It looks delicious!

  37. What an original idea! Putting two of my favorite things together really makes this look really tasty

  38. I loooove baklava, but my dear husband doesn’t. However, he loves PB and I think he’d love this! Great! thanks, I’m going to pin this recipe to use later!

  39. my greek friend would love to try this!

  40. I love baklava especially with peanut butter in it!! Oooooo! Wicked!!!!

  41. My mom used to make Baklava all the time, going to share your recipe with her, thanks 🙂

  42. Like the peanut butter in the recipe. Honey. Chocolate. YUM!

    slehan at juno dot com