Recipes
Baklava Bars

The flavor of baklava -- a butter-rish, many-layered Greek pastry, rich with spices, nuts, and lemon -- is simplified here in an easy-to-prepare bar recipe.

Ingredients
1  package (18.25-ounce) yellow cake mix
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted, divided
4  large eggs
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup honey
2 teaspoons grated {lemon zest}
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground {cinnamon}
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 degrees for dark-coated metal pan). Position oven rack in middle of oven. Spray an 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray (or use a foil-lined pan).

Place the cake mix and 1/2 cup melted butter in a large bowl. Blend with an electric mixer set on medium speed until blended and crumbly. Press mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake 15 minutes.

While crust bakes, in a large mixing bowl beat the eggs with a fork. Whisk in the brown sugar, honey, remaining 1/4 cup melted butter, lemon zest, vanilla extract, and cinnamon; stir in the walnuts. Spread mixture evenly over warm base layer.

Bake an additional 40 to 45 minutes or until filling is set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Cut into bars.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 1 hr

Servings: makes 24 large or 36 small bars

Recipe By: Camilla V. Saulsbury

From:  Cake Mix Cookies
Used with permission of Cumberland House Publishing

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