Pumpkin Baklava Cookie Bars

by Erin

Pumpkin Baklava Cookie Bars offer the crispy texture of baklava with fall flavors on to of a sugar cookie base. Easier to make and just as delicious!

Pumpkin Baklava Cookie Bars.

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After making peanut butter baklava bars I immediately knew I wanted to try it out with pumpkin for the holidays. As much as I loved the peanut butter version, how could it not be just as good if not better with pumpkin? With the cinnamon, honey, and nuts floating around in there it was meant to be.

The result is what I imagine would happen if pumpkin pie and baklava got together and made babies. With a sugar cookie base, pumpkin-walnut filling, crispy phyllo topping and completely coated in honey, it’s two deserts in one. As a bonus pumpkin baklava cookie bars are easy to make and  therefore should definitely make it for your upcoming festive gatherings.

Batch of Pumpkin Baklava Bars.

As far as the job search is going, I have applied to many, but no hooks just yet. I just have to keep applying for those which interest me and I am qualified for and hope for the best. I probably should track down contact numbers to HR or whoever I can find to inquire about my applications. Unfortunately several to which I have applied explicitly say that calls are not welcome. Ugh…

Thankfully I have a couple little projects to fiddle with in the lab to keep me busy in the meantime and will be resubmitting my paper now that I have finished addressing reviewers comments. Having that paper in press will definitely improve my CV!

Stack of Pumpkin Baklava Cookie Bars.

Pumpkin Baklava Cookie Bars.


Yield: 2 dozen Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1 (1lb. 1.5 oz.) pouch sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature


  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 8 frozen mini phyllo shells


  • 1/3 cup honey, plus more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, combine cookie crust ingredients until soft dough forms. Press dough evenly into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir walnuts, sugar, pumpkin, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt with a fork until mixture is well mixed and crumbly.
  4. Sprinkle nut mixture evenly over partially baked base. With hands, crumble frozen phyllo shells evenly over nut mixture. Bake 18-20 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small microwavable bowl, microwave honey, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon uncovered on High for 1 minute or until bubbly. Stir in vanilla.
  6. Drizzle honey mixture evenly over phyllo. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  7. Cut into bars. Before serving, drizzle a little honey over each bar. Store covered at room temperature.
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Source: Slightly adapted from Betty Crocker.

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Post updated 10/12/2023, photos above and below are the originals.

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Joanne November 8, 2013 - 7:20 am

Yay for paper resubmissions and (hopefully) imminent acceptance and publication!! WOOT WOOT.

And OMG PUMPKIN BAKLAVA. I’m going to be greek-by-marriage and this seems like the perfect fusion of both of our cultures. Since I live and breathe by pumpkin.

Tracey November 7, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Wow, these sound so good – it makes me wish I liked nuts more :) I’ve really gotta get over this nut hatred, I miss out on so many fun treats.

spiffycookie November 7, 2013 - 3:16 pm

You could try making them without. Would be more like a fillo topped pumpkin pie bar.

Diane {Created by Diane} November 7, 2013 - 3:06 pm

I just LOVE that these have pumpkin in them, so fun!


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