Chocolate and Peanut Baklawa

What do you do with phyllo dough when you’re craving baklawa but you’re allergic to tree nuts? Use peanuts! This is probably my favorite made-up dessert. I had a guest coming and totally pulled it out of my right brain at the last minute. She loved it and so did I. It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate and peanuts. And it’s really not a difficult dessert. I hope you try it!

Chocolate chips on white background.


1/2 package phyllo dough (abt 25 sheets)
5 tbsps sugar
1.5 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped peanuts, plus 1 tbsp ground peanuts for sprinkling
1 cup melted butter


1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Use a pastry brush to coat the bottom of a rectangular baking dish with butter.

3. Gently place one sheet of phyllo dough inside. Coat with butter. Repeat. After five sheets are coated, sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar over that layer. Put down five more sheets.

4. Sprinkle with sugar, add one cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanuts.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, adding the remaining chocolate chips and peanuts.

6. Place on remaining phyllo layers.

7. Sprinkle sugar and ground peanuts on top of final sheet.

8. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.

For an added touch, drizzle with melted chocolate just before serving. Serve warm.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

Discussion about this post

  1. Fatima says:

    I could not stop thinking about this recipe once you told me about it and well, after seeing the picture I had to make it for myself. Since I didn’t have any peanuts on hand I just used walnuts. Very tasty and my hubby really liked it too. Although he was rather confused at first on how to eat it. He sat down with a fork only to realize it had no syrup and was too crunchy to slice. So cute!!

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