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Bacon Pecan Bourbon Baklava

Bacon Pecan Bourbon Baklava

Bacon Pecan Bourbon Baklava

Sweet, crunchy and melt-in-your-mouth good. It’s absolutely everything we love in 48 slices of pure dessert heaven.

Servings: 4 dozen
Ready In:


  • 5 tablespoons Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • 1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup dried figs, finely chopped
  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 3 cups pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 (1-pound) package frozen phyllo dough (9- by 14-inch sheets), thawed
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9- by 13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the figs and 2 tablespoons bourbon. Let stand until the bourbon soaks into the figs. Meanwhile, cook the bacon as directed until very well-browned. Drain on paper towels and then crumble very finely. Very finely chop the pecans. Stir the bacon, pecans and 1/2 cup sugar into the fig mixture.
  3. Lay a sheet of phyllo in the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Lightly brush with melted butter. Repeat with 4 more phyllo sheets and butter. Spread one-third of the filling evenly over the phyllo. On a clean work surface, lightly brush 1 phyllo sheet with butter. Top with another phyllo sheet and lightly butter. Repeat with 3 more phyllo sheets and butter, then press the stack on top of the filling. Spread half of the remaining filling evenly on top. Repeat this layering of 5 phyllo sheets and bacon filling one more time. Top with 5 buttered and stacked phyllo sheets, buttering the top well.
  4. With a small, sharp serrated knife, cut the baklava into 48 diamonds. Bake the baklava until dark golden brown, about 1 hour.
  5. While the baklava bakes, bring the maple syrup, water, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons bourbon to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. As soon as the baklava comes out of the oven, pour the syrup evenly on top. Let stand for at least 3 hours – or overnight.

Tags: Recipes, Desserts, Hungry, Butter, Figs, Bacon, Pecans, Sugar, Phyllo Dough, Maple Syrup, Water