Savory Za'atar Scones with Honey and Greek Yogurt Frosting

Savory za’atar scones are buttery, flaky, and have a surprise flavor boost and crunch from herby, sesame-studded za’atar.

We love a good brunch recipe, but so often, the best morning meals can be so sweet. Then you end up with a sugar spike and crash later in the day. We say, have your scone without the sugar rush!

Savory za’atar scones swap refined sugars for nutty, herby za’atar. The result is a homemade scone that’s just as buttery, light, and fluffy as your favorite sweet recipe, with a totally unique Mediterranean flavor.

How to Make Savory Scones with Za’atar

This scone recipe might taste unlike any baked good you’ve had before. But it’s just as quick and easy to make as any other classic scone recipe. You’ll use pantry staple ingredients like all-purpose flour, cold butter, and tangy buttermilk.
It’s important to use cold butter to get the flakiest layers in your scones. As the butter melts int the oven, it releases steam that creates little air pockets and gives your scones extra lift.

The most important ingredient, of course, is Zesty Z Za’atar. It not only brings a shot of brightness to your morning treat, but also a pretty green hue that will have your scones standing out. You can use our silky smooth spoonable za’atar condiment (original or spicy for a kick), or dried za’atar seasoning.

Serving Savory Scones

Round out this savory Mediterranean meal with a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt or Labneh and a drizzle of honey to balance the spices in your scones. This recipe makes a perfect easy brunch to serve for friends and family.

The scones are best enjoyed the day they’re made, fresh out of the oven. However, you can freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months. Defrost the scones at room temperature to serve.

Savory Za’atar Scones Recipe


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and placed in the freezer until ready to use
  • ½ cup Zesty Z Za’atar Condiment
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Olive oil for coating

Frosting: Greek Yogurt or Labneh, and Honey


Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add cold butter and, using a pastry blender, two knives or your hands, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the butter is broken down into small, pea-sized bits.

In a measuring cup, stir Zesty Z into the buttermilk and then pour the liquids over the flour mixture and combine gently with a metal spoon or rubber spatula.

When the dough is just barely combined, turn it out onto a piece of parchment paper. Use the parchment paper to press the dough together into a somewhat smooth ball.

Cut dough in half and form two disks that are roughly 1½-inches thick.

Place disks on the lined baking sheet and cut each disk into 6 triangular pieces. Separate the pieces slightly on the baking dish. Brush with olive oil.

Bake for 12 to 20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Serve warm topped with yogurt and/or honey.