In a large bowl, activate the yeast in warm water; allow 10 minutes for it to proof.
Add the salt, sugar and olive oil to bowl and use a wooden spoon to mix until combined. Wait a few minutes, then add the flour into the wet ingredients and mix with a spoon until the dough becomes shaggy and you’re no longer able to mix.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead the dough by hand to form a tight ball.
Place the dough back into the same oil-coated bowl. Cover with a plastic wrap or towel and set aside at room temperature to rise for 45-60 minutes.
Make the Zaatar Spread
Mix the zaatar with olive oil in small bowl until it forms a consistent and spreadable mixture.
Assemble and Bake
Preheat the oven to 450° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Divide the dough into 6-8 equal parts, depending on how large you’d like them. Use your fingers to spread each piece into a round flat disc, about 1.4 inch thickness.
Place 1-2 tablespoons of zaatar spread on each dough and use the back of the spoon to spread evenly. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, until the dough becomes light golden in color and puffs slightly.
Enjoy warm with cheese and vegetables, if desired.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 7-10 days in the fridge.Freezing Instructions: You can also freeze the zaatar manakeesh after they're baked. To re-heat, thaw in the fridge overnight and then warm or toast when ready to eat. Or you can also bake them while frozen at 350°F until heated through, about 5-10 minutes.Sourcing: You can find the zaatar spice at Middle Eastern markets, natural-foods stores or even in large supermarkets, often located with other Middle Eastern ingredients.Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. If you have any questions about substitutes, please feel free to ask in the comments below.Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving (1/6th of the dough and zaatar spread) without any toppings.