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So excited to share these Baklava-Inspired Cookie Bars — we are obsessed!

Baklava-Inspired Cookie Bars

Inspired by the flavors of Baklava, a popular sweet pastry of Ottoman cuisine, made of layered filo dough with nuts and honey, these cookie bars have a soft cookie base and then are topped with a creamy honey-caramel topping filled with walnuts and pistachios. The combination of the honey, the nuts, the buttery cookie and the spices- there’s nothing that’s not delicious about this dessert. 

Baklava-Inspired Cookie Bars

While I will admit, these were a labor of love while testing, these turned out to be one of my new favorite treats. I also love that they keep so well in the fridge or freezer to enjoy throughout the week!

Baklava-Inspired Cookie Bars

And before you get to baking these Baklava-Inspired Cookie Bars, be sure to read through all of the directions carefully before you start baking. especially  my notes about the caramel! The caramel topping can be fickle but I promise they will be well worth it in the end if you follow the directions closely! 

If you love these cookie bars, here are some other healthier desserts to try! 

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Baklava-Inspired Cookie Bars
5 from 1 vote

Baklava-Inspired Cookie Bars

Gluten-Free, Paleo (if modified), Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-free (if modified)
Freezer Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 16 Bars

Ingredients 

For the Cookie Base:

  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted (sub ghee for paleo and vegan butter for dairy-free)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

For the Honey-Caramel Topping:

  • ¾ cup honey
  • One 13.5-ounce can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter sub ghee for paleo and vegan butter for dairy-free
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice about ½ a lemon
  • ½ cup roughly chopped raw shelled pistachios
  • ½ cup roughly chopped raw walnuts

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a 9×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting it hang over the sides and spray with non-stick spray. This will make it easy to lift the cookies out of the pan after baking. Set the pan aside.

Make the Cookie Base:

  • To a large bowl add the almond flour, tapioca flour, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk out any clumps.
  • Add the melted butter, egg yolks, almond extract, maple syrup, and orange zest. Using a rubber spatula, stir to combine until a sticky dough forms.
  • Transfer the dough into the prepared pan and press into an even layer using a rubber spatula or damp hands. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean when pressed in the middle of the pan. Remove from the oven and place in the fridge to cool completely while you prepare the topping.

Prepare the Topping: (See note)

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Turn the heat to medium-high and whisk until the coconut milk and honey are well combined. Bring to a rapid simmer and continue to cook, not stirring, undisturbed *see note below, for about 10 minutes, or until it’s reduced by about half, thickened slightly, and darkened in color. An instant read or candy thermometer should reach about 235℉ when the caramel is done. While cooking, if it comes close to bubbling over, reduce heat to medium/medium-low.
  • Remove from heat and stir to slightly cool. Add the butter into the saucepan and let it melt without stirring. Once melted, add the cinnamon, salt, lemon juice, pistachios, and walnuts. Stir to combine.

Assemble the Bars:

  • Pour over the cookie layer, spreading evenly with a spatula.
  • Place in the freezer to cool completely and the caramel has set, about 2 hours. To serve, cut in half then slice into triangles. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for 2 to 3 days.

Notes

Note: The only somewhat tricky part about this recipe is making the honey-caramel sauce for the topping. It’s very important that you *do not touch or stir* the caramel as it’s bubbling on the stovetop. This will allow the caramel to thicken quickly and ensure that it is not runny on the top of your cookie bars! If you check it after 10 minutes and you don’t think it’s thick enough, continue to cook, watching very carefully so that it doesn’t burn, for another 3 to 5 minutes on medium-low.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 16 Bars

Photography and styling by Eat Love Eats.



Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!


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  1. 5 stars
    Just made these, they are so good. My caramel is a little runny, but not bad. I’ll try cooking it longer next time.

    1. Hi Judith!! The only sub I would recommend is Arrowroot Flour. Anything else might throw off the base of the cookie bars!