Peanut Butter Baklava

Peanut Butter Baklava

If you’ve been following along for long you know I’m not much of a baker. It’s not that I don’t like sweets, I’m just not very skilled at making flour, sugar, and eggs rise. That’s why I love working with phyllo dough. If you can remember a few rules, it’s very forgiving, and the resulting pastries will make even the most hopeless bakers among us look like pros.

While baklava is made in different ways around the world, it almost always uses almonds or pistachios. I often wondered what it would turn out like using other nuts, so when Peanut Butter & Co. asked me to create a few recipes for them, I jumped at the chance to give baklava a try using peanuts and peanut butter.

The results were awesome! With layers of crispy pastry, crunchy peanuts, and White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter, it’s a rich flaky treat that’s just as much Butterfinger as it is Baklava. You can check out the recipe over at Peanut Butter & Co’s All-Star Recipe Blog, but before you check out the recipe, check out the Nuts About the Holidays Sweepstakes.

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  • Emily (

    I, too, am conventional baking-challenged. Or maybe I’m just challenged when it comes to adhering to measured ingredients, which pretty much flies in the face of baking. That said, I love all things about this recipe. :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Redouan

    Also try walnuts for a change. This is also commonly used in baklava by Turkish bakeries in the Netherlands.

  • Oui, Chef

    This is brilliant, I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Terri Powers

    Sounds wonderful! I just made a batch of pumpkin walnut baklava that turned out well, too.

  • Natika

    Sounds delicious! I love peanut butter and peanuts, so I’ll definitely have to try this.

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  • armedjester


    is there a substitute for white chocolate peanut butter? I live in Europe and I can’t even get it on any European amazon. What am I to do? I’m baking challenged, too but I managed a great nutella baklavah once and I love peanut butter and your recipes always work, so I desperately want to try this.

    • Marc Matsumoto

      Hi Armedjester, if you can get regular smooth peanut butter you just need to sweeten with honey or sugar so that it’s pretty sweet, otherwise follow the recipe and you should be good.

      • armedjester

        Hi Marc,

        thanks for the advice. Will do. :)


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