Za’atar Scones

Y’all. Never did I ever think I’d take one of my favorite spice blends that I grew up on and combine it with a scone.

If you’ve never heard of za’atar it’s middle eastern blend of herbs and spices. To be specific, it’s oregano, thyme, toasted sesame seeds, sumac, and salt.

I’m lucky enough to have family members that were in Lebanon during za’atar season where the batch was being made fresh and they brought some back.

Typically, it’s eaten in manoushi form (Lebanese pizza/pastry) or soaked in olive oil and enjoyed with pita bread. It’s the essentials to breakfast growing up and now in our household. Literally gives me life.

I took za’atar and put a twist on it by incorporating it into a scone.

I was surprised with how the buttermilk in this recipe was really subtle and soft which allowed the za’atar to really stand out.

The smell from my oven was SPECTACULAR.

Felt like I was in a middle eastern bakery.

Ah, nostalgia.

I really sure did impress myself with this one y’all!

You can probably find za’atar in your local international grocery store and if you do I hope that you love it like I do and make these scones!!

Boom. Za’atar scones. An unconventional Lebanese twist on my favorite treat growing up.

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Za’atar Scones

Rose Aoun
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 8


  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1/2 Cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 TBSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Za'atar plus more for sprinkling on top


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. In a mixing bowl combine your butter, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda using either pastry blender or fork to create a crumby sandy like texture. It’s ok if you’ve got some small chunks of butter.
  • Combine the za’atar and all of your wet ingredients and mix until you see the dough come together. If it’s slightly dry, add just a drop of buttermilk and with your hands work it into a disc.
  • Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then form the dough into a round disc (about an inch thick) and let it rest in the freezer for 5 or so minutes. Remove from freezer and cut into 8 pieces. Pulling each piece away just a tad bit to leave some baking room. Drizzle a drop of olive oil and spread it on the scone using a silicone brush or your finger and then sprinkle za’atar on top.
  • Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. You’ll know their done because the bottoms will be nice and browned and you’ll also see the layers open up just a tiny bit on top and the sides.

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