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If you like Baklava I think you’ll like this.  It’s very similar and one difference is that I think it’s easier to make.  The grind up walnuts, plenty of cinnamon rolled up in a flaky phyllo dough and drizzle with honey sugar and brown sugar syrup.  It’s a delicious little crunch of a treat for any time. 

I remember making baklava for the holidays growing up and have made it a number of times over the years.   I was making my White Chicken Bean Chili and I felt like something with cinnamon.  I’m not sure why I seem to always think of cinnamon when I make anything with a Mexican flare.    I thought of baklava but didn’t have that kind of time.  I thought of rolling up the dough with the mixture instead of the layers and layers it takes to make baklava.  The hardest part of this recipe is being careful with the phyllo dough because it’s a little delicate.  So I hope you enjoy what I think is an easier version of a delicious sweet treat.  




  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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Cinnamon Walnut Roll Ups


  • 2 ¼  cup ground up Walnuts (optional – toast the walnuts before grinding them up)
  • ¼ cup of Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp of Cinnamon 
  • 12 sheets of Phyllo Dough, thawed at room temperature
  • ½ cup of unsalted Butter,  melted
  • ¼ tsp of Salt


  • ½ cup Honey
  • 1/3 cup of Sugar
  • ¼ cup of Brown Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a bowl add the walnuts, sugar and cinnamon and salt and stir until well combined.
  • On a large piece of parchment paper place a sheet of phyllo dough and brush with butter, lay another sheet on top and brush with butter and lay a third sheet of phyllo dough on top and brush with butter.  (place a damp cloth on top of the remaining phyllo dough to prevent drying out)
  • Use 1/3 cup of the walnut mixture and evenly sprinkle it all around on top of the three layers of phyllo dough. Use your spoon or fingers to evenly spread it around if needed.
  • With the long side of the phyllo dough roll it up jelly roll style as snug as possible.  Cut rolled up phyllo dough in half or if you like cut it up in thirds.  Repeat with the other sheets of phyllo dough.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, Bake the cinnamon walnut roll ups for about 12 – 15 minutes until lightly brown.   Let cool.
  • While the rollups are baking, in a small saucepan add the honey, sugars, salt, water and lemon juice.  Bring it to a small boil and turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  Let it cool for about another 15 minutes.
  • Drizzle the cinnamon walnut roll ups with the honey syrup and sprinkle the remaining walnut mixture on top, gently pressing it down on the rolls.  Let it set for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy ☺