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Easy Puff Pastry Rolls with Za'atar and Cheese

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  • Author: Cosette's Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 rolls 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


Savory little pastry bites filled with za'atar spice blend and mozzarella cheese all baked in an easy puff pastry.


Units Scale
  • 2 Puff Pastry sheets, thaw according to package directions
  • 3/4 cup za'atar spice blend
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil - canola, vegetable, avocado, grapeseed or light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 egg + 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted or plain


  1. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. 
  2. Prepare your puff pastry by thawing according to package instructions. Once thawed, dust a work area with some flour and place one pastry sheet down. Dust top with additional flour and roll until sheet is slightly wider and taller, about 10x13 or so. You can also patch any seam holes while doing this process by pressing down to fill.
  3. Repeat process with second sheet, then keep in the fridge while working with the first.
  4. In a small bowl, mix your za'atar and oil together. The mixture should resemble a paste, if it is too liquidy, add some additional za'atar, if it's too thick, some additional oil. This is a great time to taste your za'atar on it's own on a cracker or piece of bread. Add additional salt or sumac as needed.
    • 3/4 cup za'atar spice blend
    • 1/4 cup neutral oil - canola, vegetable, avocado, grapeseed or light olive oil
  5. Spread a few spoonfuls of your za'atar mixture on the bottom half of your puff pastry and spread into a thin layer. 
  6. Top with some shredded mozzarella.
  7. Fold the top half over the za'atar cheese spread and press down gently to seal slightly.
  8. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut in half, then cut each side into thirds.
  9. Take each strand and twist each end in opposite directions. Tuck ends underneath to create a little knot. Place on parchment lined sheet pan and pop into fridge.
  10. Repeat with second piece of puff pastry.
  11. In a small bowl, whisk your egg and water to create an egg wash.
    • 1 egg + 1 Tablespoon water
  12. Brush all your za'atar rolls with the egg wash and finally top with sesame seeds. 
  13. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and allow rolls to hang in the fridge until ready to bake or oven comes to temperature.
  14. Bake for 20-22 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown and puffed. Rotate trays halfway through baking.*
  15. Remove and enjoy while warm - dip in some labneh or Greek yogurt.


  • It's best to keep your puff pastry in the fridge while working with one piece
  • Pop your completed za'atar rolls into the fridge for 15-20 minutes before baking to ensure extra crispy and flaky dough.
  • To freeze: You can certainly assemble these entirely then freeze on a sheet pan. When ready to bake, pop in directly frozen - they may need an extra few minutes in the oven but they will be amazing. You can follow the same freezing process as these scones. It's a great time saver!