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Your Weekly Girl Scout Cookie Recipe: Touch of Coconut Baklava


Bakalava

Grab a box—or two, three, or more!—of your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, then try these easy-peasy recipes courtesy of Taste of Home. You can make your very own Girl Scout Cookie–inspired masterpiece to share with friends and family. It’s an amazingly delicious way to create meaningful moments of joy with the ones you love most! Came up with your own out-of-this-world, cookie-inspired dessert?

Touch of Coconut Baklava

Created by: Cheryl Andrews

Prep: 1 hour Bake: 45 min. + standing

  • 4 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (7 ounces) Girl Scout Caramel deLites® cookies, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 20 sheets phyllo dough (14x9-inch size)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix walnuts, chopped Caramel deLites® cookies and cinnamon. Brush a 13x9-in. baking pan with some of the butter. Unroll phyllo dough; trim to fit into pan.

Layer eight sheets of phyllo in prepared pan, brushing each with butter. Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out. Spread with half of the walnut mixture. Layer with four more phyllo sheets, brushing each with butter. Spread remaining walnut mixture over phyllo. Top with remaining phyllo sheets, brushing each with butter.

Using a sharp knife, cut into 36 rectangles. Bake 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine sugar, water and honey; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool slightly.

Pour syrup over warm baklava. Sprinkle with coconut; drizzle with chocolate. Cool completely on a wire rack. Let stand, uncovered, several hours or overnight. Yield: 3 dozen. Note: To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.