Zaatar Croissants

January 12, 2010  •  Category:

OK. This is a quick post because I am spending the evening watching American Idol! The most entertaining show on American TV, in my opinion! I have watched this show in Paris and in Beirut in French and in Arabic  and the American show is way, way, better. Way better. So I am sitting with my teen-ager daughter (16) and her  Moroccan friend Maryam  (17) and having a ball!

This croissant version was created by a baker in Beirut some years ago; unfortunately, I  don’t know who or I would have given him my most precious jewel in gratitude. It is so much better than a plain croissant!  It is offered at every bakery, coffee shop or pastry shop in Beirut.

A Lebanese friend, Gilbert Khoury, gave me this short and sweet version. It takes less than 3 minutes to prepare.


  • 1 can of refrigerated croissant dough
  • 1/2 cup of zaatar mixed with 1/3 cup of extra-virgin olive oil



  1. Open the package and unroll the croissants on a cookie sheet.
  2. Take a small spoon and spread some zaatar mixture on each croissant.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes or until the croissants are golden and the fragrance wafting from the oven is so irresistible you know you won’t wait one more minute to inhale them.

NOTE: The best zaatar croissant will be made with a fresh puff pastry of course! These are simply a solution when you are craving one, this minute!


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  1. Rosa says:

    Zaatar tastes so good! A lovely combo, wow!



  2. Marysol says:

    Well, that figures. Here you have a delicious new entry, featuring the fastest croissant in the west, and I don’t have zaatar in the house, But I’ll quit whining, and head on over to a middle eastern market, not too far from me, I’m sure they carry it.

    Btw, I haven’t watched American Idol in a while, and I can’t imagine what will happen to the show once Simon makes his exit.

  3. SPICE says:

    I’m sure these must be very flavorful…..Btw like those zuchinis & the soup, we get those kind in India also….

  4. Asmaa says:

    Des croissant délicieusement parfumés

  5. Sarah Hamam says:

    Looks yummy! I make my own croissant dough but it does takes ages… Next time, InshaAllah, I will do a Za3tar batch.

  6. holger says:

    hello from germany,

    i love your recipies and your blog. thank you for all the good ideas you are giving us!
    unfortunately i’ve developed some appetite to lern more and visit a cooking class in beirut this spring. would you have any suggestions who i could contact for a class or school? thank you very much for any support.


  7. Nick says:

    This tasted fantastic.

  8. Peter says:

    If I win the Zaatar pkge, I will make these croissants!

  9. taina says:

    creative idea. I would not have thought of this easy but soul-satisfying combo. Croissant plus zaatar. Dreamy.

  10. dana says:

    yumm. I have a craving for some zaatar croissant 😉

    My Californian cousin taught me another quick trick. She gets large good quality butter croissant, slices them lenghtwise into halves like a bagel, slathers the inside with zaatar then pops them in the toaster for a few seconds.

    They were good …


  11. lynn says:

    This looks like a fun and fast dish. Please pardon my ignorance, but I’m not sure what zaatar is. It’s sesame seeds and . . . ? A fun thing I’ve done with those canned crescent rolls is to take a small piece of a chocolate bar and roll it up in the croissant. Yum for breakfast 🙂

  12. Food Jihadist says:

    My favorite croissants in Egypt – and not easy to find any good croissants here – are the Marriot croissants with Zaatar. I will have to try this recipe. Do you think it makes a difference if the pastry is made with butter, oil, or simna?

    • Joumana says:

      Definitely! It depends on how desperate you are to have them! I will settle for oil or samna if I am really craving them!

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