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Zaatar Pretzels

A golden-brown zaatar pretzels sprinkled with flakey salt alongside a bowl of labneh.

A golden-brown zaatar pretzel sprinkled with zaatar and flakey salt.
A sprinkle of Zaatar magic transforms the ordinary into extraordinary!


For the Dough:
For the Pretzel Bath

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A tray fulled of crunchy baked golden-brown zaatar pretzels topped with zaatar and flakey salt.
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How to Serve Zaatar Pretzels

A person is holding one baked zaatar pretzel that's sprinkled with zaatar and flakey salt.
Zaatar Pretzels, where taste meets delight.

Storage Tips

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of flour for the pretzel dough?

Certainly! Experimenting with different flours, such as whole wheat or spelt flour, can add unique flavors and textures to the pretzels. Adjust the quantity as needed.

How do I prevent the pretzels from becoming too hard?

To avoid overly hard pretzels, ensure you don’t overbake them. Keep an eye on the oven, and once they achieve a golden-brown color, they are likely ready.

Can I use a different dipping sauce besides yogurt or tzatziki?

Absolutely! Get creative with your dipping choices. Hummus, honey mustard, or even a balsamic glaze can complement the savory zaatar pretzels beautifully.

Golden-brown baked zaatar pretzels are sprinkled with zaatar and flakey salt and placed on a tray alongside a bowl of Labneh.
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A golden-brown zaatar pretzels sprinkled with flakey salt alongside a bowl of labneh.

Zaatar Pretzels

Savor the magic of Zaatar Pretzels: golden, fluffy bites infused with aromatic zaatar spice. A bite-sized delight that transforms snacking into a flavorful adventure, blending tradition with modern flair. Easy, irresistible, and simply delicious!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 28 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dough, Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 12 pretzels
Calories 254 kcal


For the Dough

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • cup zaatar
  • Flaky salt²

For the Pretzel Bath

  • 4 quarts water
  • ½ cup baking soda


  • Add the yeast and sugar to a bowl, then add the warm water.
  • Mix for 1 minute and let it sit for 10 minutes to activate. Once activated, add the bread flour and salt.
  • Add the melted butter mix by hand or with a stand mixer until a dough ball forms.
  • Transfer to a greased bowl and let it double in size, for about 1 hour.
  • Once done, divide into 8 equal pieces. Now add 4 quarts of water to a pot and let it come to a boil.
  • Once boiled, add the baking soda slowly.
  • Once the water bath is ready, start rolling out the dough.
  • Take one dough ball and roll it into a log of about 25–30 inches in length.
  • Turn it into a U shape, then cross the two points, then cross them again to make a twist shape.
  • Fold the twisted ends over toward the bottom and gently press down to hold shape.
  • Drop into the baking soda bath for 30 seconds and remove using a slotted spoon.
  • Add to a sprayed baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of the pretzels.
  • Mix the zaatar and olive oil. Brush on top of the pretzels and sprinkle with flaky salt.
  • Bake at 400℉ for 12–18 minutes, or until golden.



Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 5gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 1583mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 367IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 8mg
Keyword easy and quick zaatar pretzels, soft zaatar pretzels
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5 thoughts on “Zaatar Pretzels

  1. Iskander says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!

  2. Hooda says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try these they look delicious!!!

  3. Hooda says:

    5 stars
    These look so delicous, I can’t wait to try them!!

  4. Wafa Jamal says:

    5 stars
    Literally the best dough recipe so so good and so easy!!! All her recipes are amazing

  5. Maesa Hanhan says:

    5 stars
    So easy to make & delicious!

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