Coconut Chocolate Baklava


Total Time:

45 minutes



It doesn’t get more festive that a big batch of Coconut Chocolate Baklava around the holiday season! This stuff is insane!

Coconut Chocolate Chip Baklava from (@whatsgabycookin)

Pulling one out of the archives today…. Coconut Chocolate Baklava is truly what dreams are made of. It’s a decadent treat that serves a LARGE crowd. The flaky layers of dough mixed with butter, coconut, mini chocolate chips and walnuts makes the perfect dessert. There’s a vanilla infused syrup doused on top is the icing on the cake. LITERALLY.

We went to Turkey with my parents about 20 years ago – back when I was a WILDLY picky eater. (I regret that period of my life – obvi) I wouldn’t try a lot of different things while we were there – but one thing I remember vividly was all the baklava. I went to town. Every cute cafe, every street side vendor, every hotel breakfast… you betcha. I went for it. One day I HOPE that we can get back over there and experience all the savory food I missed out on and eat my body weight in baklava again. It feels right.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Baklava from (@whatsgabycookin)

Here’s the beautiful thing about Coconut Chocolate Baklava – it makes a LOT. Like an entire sheet pan worth. So if you want to save half of it for yourself, and then the other half for friends, gifts and guests… two birds, one stone!! Just here to make your lives easier.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Baklava from (@whatsgabycookin)

Coconut Chocolate Baklava

The most decadent delicious Coconut Chocolate Baklava you'll ever make!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Turkish, Greek
Servings 16 people+


For the Baklava:

  • 4 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 20 sheets Fillo Dough (9" x 14")
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • Combine the coconut, mini chocolate chips, walnuts, milk, honey and vanilla in a bowl. Mix to combine, then set aside.
  • Lightly grease a half sheet pan with non-stick baking spray. Layer 10 sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet with the melted butter before adding the next. Top the 10 butter sheets with the entire coconut chocolate mixture. Layer the remaining 10 sheets, brushing each sheet with butter before adding the next.
  • Cut the baklava into a diamond or square shape pattern before baking.
  • Transfer the sheet pan into the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until it’s golden brown on top. Remove the baklava from the oven and let cool for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, make the syrup. Combine the water and sugar in a small pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes and then reduce the heat to a simmer, and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the hot syrup over the baklava. Let stand, uncovered, for at least 4 hours or better yet, overnight.

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  1. Helen Kennedy

    Oh, no, another yummy thing to tempt me with! 😎 I love baklava, but I’ve only made the traditional version with chopped nuts before. Looking forward to trying this out.

  2. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Oh yum these look gorgeous. I’m a big lover of adding chocolate to baklava! There’s a baklava recipe on my blog with white chocolate and pistachios – amazing! 🙂 will definitely add these to my list!

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Looks awesome, Gaby! I made Nutella baklava earlier this year – I need to make coconut! pinned

    • Nick Wilkinson

      We added a 1/2 cup of chopped dried cranberries for a nice tartness/sweetness kick, and called it Santa Suit Baklava

  4. Julie @ Table for Two

    OMG – coconut and chocolate in baklava?! You seriously know how to win my heart.

  5. Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    Ooh I love the flavor combo of chocolate and coconut. Now you’ve got me thinking of new baklava flavors! I can totally see a fall pumpkin spice version or what about throwing some caramel in there?

  6. Heather Christo

    oh wow Gaby. I’m going to make this for my Greek mother in law!!

  7. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Girl, you are officially invited to every holiday party – forever- if you’ll bring a pan of your fabulous baklava. Looks amazing!

  8. Monika

    My Greek grandmother would have loved this. I will be making as a special treat!

  9. Shaina

    We adore baklava, and I can’t wait to try this coconut and chocolate version.

  10. Jeff @

    I love the changes that you’ve made to this classic dessert!

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  12. M5matthews

    FYI… the recipe is missing when to add the mini chips. It seems that they should be added with the coconut mixture.

  13. Susan

    Looks incredible- do you think it would be okay to leave out the nuts? Sub with more coconut or chocolate chips?

  14. Katie

    5 stars
    This was so easy and delicious!! Everyone loved it! I am not a fan of coconut and even thought it was great!