How to Make Zaatar Breadsticks: Savory Crunchy and Light

  • on May 8, 2018

Impress Your Guests on A Drink Night

with our Savory Crunchy Zaatar Breadsticks.


Zaatar Breadsticks

Impress your guests on a drink night!

What can I say? I love Zaatar! Don’t we all? I mentioned previously that Lebanese students, from an early age, are geared on Zaatar during exams to sharpen their memories. I was one of them.

Spread on bread and wrapped, or baked on dough, it is the Zaatar that accompanies Lebanese students on their way to the exams the way it reigns on our breakfasts through our adult life.

We just love Zaatar  in all its recipes!

The Zaatar and Me,

There is a funny thing with me and the Zaatar. I always have it ready on the kitchen counter in its creamy oily form, whether at home or at my daughter’s in Europe.

Zaatar Manoush platter

Man’oush Zaatar. Try our recipe!

When our western guests ask curiously, “what is this?” I tend to offer them to taste it on a piece of Lebanese bread.

I do it, always with some hesitance, and always gazing with some doubt at the coming reaction, although… I always get the same “oh, yummy!”

I haven’t met any, yet, who doesn’t like it!

There is something almost magical in the mixture of our Zaatar herbs…


What is Zaatar?

ZaatarZaatar, you know it as Thyme. It is Thyme basically but mixed with other dried herbs. The outcome is of a lemon-zesty savory quality, with the added health benefits of these ingredients.

Visit Rich Zaatar Mixture to know more about its blend of herbs or to get the Traditional Recipe.



Zaatar Breadsticks: The Recipe

Zaatar Breadsticks are a super delicious light snack that could be eaten as chips or as starters in cocktail receptions.

Zaatar FingersThey are great snack to munch during your break at work, during long car trips, as well as for your kids at playtime or as school snacks. You will also enjoy them when reading a book or watching a movie, and dipping them in Labneh.

There are few recipe versions. Some incorporate the Zaatar mixed with olive oil into the dough, which brings about a greenish bread-sticks.

Zaatar Breadsticks on the makingSome shape them in simple sticks, and some twist them. All are delicious, I assure you!

This recipe spreads the Zaatar creamy mixture on the dough, and gives you the choice to make them in sticks or twisted. It generates 20 sticks, which, I promise, will be quickly consumed.

I usually double the ingredients since they are so loved, and they last stored in a tight container or a plastic bag.


Zaatar Breadsticks
5 from 1 vote

Zaatar Breadsticks

Course Apetizers, Snack
Cuisine Lebanese, Levantine
Keyword Apetizers, Food Finger, Snack, Thyme, Zaatar
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 pieces


  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 1/4 tbsps Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsps Sugar
  • 1 oz. Yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups Water warm
  • 3 tbsps Dry Zaatar Mixture If your Zaatar has little lemon-taste, add 1 tsp of Sumac
  • 4 tbsps Olive Oil extra-virgin


  1. Mix yeast with sugar and water to smoothness, and leave it to rest for 10 min.

    Meanwhile, prepare the Zaatar spread in a separate bowl: Mix well Zaatar and olive oil for a well-moist mixture.

  2. Mix flour and salt, and stir in the prepared yeast until forming a smooth dough ( 5-8 min)

    Cover and leave it to rest and double in a warm place for 1 hour.

  3. Sprinkle flour on your kitchen counter, knead the dough on, then roll it out into a very thin rectangle.

    Brush the dough with the Zaatar creamy mixture, and cut it into sticks of about 1 inch wide.

    You may leave them into that shape, OR:

  4. Grab both extremities and turn in opposite directions to get a twisted form.

    Place them on a non-stick baking tray, and let them rest for 10 more minutes in a warm place

    Meanwhile, preheat your oven at 356°F. 

  5. Bake to golden (about 10 minutes) then turn on the broiler to just golden the tops.

    Remove from oven and leave them to cool on a wire rack.

Serving: Warm or cold.

  1. NOTE: To preserve them, store them when cooled in an airtight container, or in a plastic bag.


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  • I tried this recipe and the dough is so crunchy and delicious. Great recipe thank you!

    Lyda August 16, 2018 4:20 pm Reply
    • Hi Lyda! So happy here that you enjoyed it! Your feedback is so appreciated! Keep coming for more. ~ Kindest regards

      Claudys August 17, 2018 3:45 pm Reply

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