Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 1 hr 20 mins
Cook 15 mins

Entered for safe-keeping, by Carrie Vasios Mullins of Serious Eats. French butter cookies topped with Middle Eastern spice: a savory-sweet snack that would be great as an hors d'oeuvere with wine. See Za'atar or Zahtar - Spice Mix of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon for ingredients of Za-atar. More at

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until just smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add flour, whole wheat flour, salt and milk, and mix until dough just comes together.
  3. Roll dough into a 1-inch wide log, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate one hour.
  4. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. In a small bowl, make egg wash by beating egg with water.
  6. In another small bowl, put za'atar spice.
  7. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices. Brush each with egg wash and then press lightly into za'atar blend.
  8. Place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden at the edges, about 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool 5 minutes in pan, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.