Sourdough Cookie Recipes

Sourdough baking enthusiasts know the bittersweet dilemma well: every time you feed your starter, you’re left with surplus discard. But fear not! We’re here to turn that discarded goodness into something truly delightful: cookies! 

From classic chocolate chip to inventive concoctions, these recipes showcase the versatility of sourdough discard in creating irresistible treats. So, grab your apron and get ready to transform that excess starter into a delicious treat your whole family will enjoy.

`Why Use Sourdough Starter in Cookies?

In a world where minimizing food waste is increasingly important, using sourdough discard in cookies is an easy and delicious solution. Not only does the starter add depth and complexity to the flavor profile, but it also reduces waste. It’s a win-win for both your taste buds and the environment. 

The key to using sourdough discard in cookies is to control the moisture content in the overall recipe. These recipes have accounted for these moisture adjustments so all you have to worry about is following the instructions. 

Cookies for Every Occasion

Cookies are a universally favorite treat for good reason. There are so many variations of cookies. Whether you prefer soft and fluffy cookies, or thin and crispy cookies, there’s a cookie for everyone.

Imagine the warm aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting through your kitchen during a cozy Christmas gathering or a leisurely weekend brunch with friends. Make any of these sourdough discard cookies for impromptu family get-togethers, office potlucks, or simply indulging in a moment of self-care. Whether you’re celebrating a special event or just craving a sweet pick-me-up, these recipes have you covered.

From tried-and-true classics to innovative flavor combinations, there’s something here to satisfy every craving and inspire your inner baker. So, roll up your sleeves, preheat your oven, and turn that sourdough discard into one of these delicious sourdough discard cookies.

sourdough shortbread cookies stacked on one another on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Buttery Sourdough Shortbread Cookies
These sourdough shortbread cookies are buttery, crisp, and incredibly easy to make. If you are short on time, this easy sourdough cookie recipe is perfect. You can make them start to finish in under 1 hour!
Sourdough Shortbread Cookie Recipe
There is a stack of 4 double chocolate sourdough cookies that are stacked and tied decoratively with kitchen twine. In the background is a baking sheet filled with more cookies.
Sourdough Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
These decadent cookies are a chocolate lovers dream. They feature a rich chocolate cookie dough base with bites of dark chocolate. A sprinkle of flaky sea salt is the perfect finishing touch for these sourdough chocolate cookies.
Sourdough Chocolate Cookie Recipe
5 sourdough lemon shortbread cookies stacked on top of each other.
Sourdough Lemon Shortbread Cookies
These dainty little cookies are perfect for lemon lovers. They have a sweet and slightly salty crumbly shortbread cookie that is perfectly paired with a tangy lemon glaze. Not to mention, these cookies are absolutely beautiful!
Lemon Cookie Recipe
4 sourdough white chocolate macadamia nut cookies stacked on top of each on a plate.
Sourdough White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
These sweet and crunchy cookie are a unique sourdough version of the classic cookie. These cookies are so good your friends and family will be begging for the recipe.
Macadamia Cookie Recipe
Several sourdough oreo cookies on a serving plate.
Sourdough Oreos
These sourdough "oreos" are perfect for anyone who loves cookies and cream. This copycat recipe is a fun treat to make with your kids, but the whole family will enjoy them.
Sourdough Oreo Recipe
sourdough strawberries and cream cookies stacked on top of one another.
Sourdough Strawberries and Cream Cookies
This is the perfect summer cookie recipe. The bright flavors from the strawberries and white chocolate are perfect for any summer festivity. Serve these for the 4th of July, Mother's Day, or as a special treat on a warm evening picnic.
Sourdough Strawberries and Cream Cookies
Baked sourdough brown butter chocolate chip cookies on a wire cooling rack. There are also more cookies on a piece of parchment paper which is on a wooden table. There is a small bowl of flaky sea salt next to the cookies.
The Ultimate Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
These chocolate chip cookies are a delicious sourdough take on the classic cookie. This sourdough chocolate chip cookie recipe features one special ingredient that really elevates them above all other recipes.
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
orange chocolate sourdough shortbread cookies on parchment paper.
Chocolate Orange Sourdough Shortbread Cookies
These delightful sourdough discard cookies combine the classic flavor combination of dark chocolate and orange. They work well all year round but I especially love these during the holiday season with your favorite cozy drink.
Chocolate Orange Cookie Recipe
sourdough crinkle cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Chocolate Sourdough Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate crinkle cookies are a traditional and long-loved cookie for good reason. These soft, decadent cookies form a beautiful crinkled appearance when baked.
Crinkle Cookie Recipe
Several sourdough discard chocolate biscotti on a serving tray with one that has a bite taken out of it.
Sourdough Chocolate Biscotti
These double baked Italian style cookies can be whipped up in just a few hours but will last weeks. They are perfect for making ahead of time and make a delightful treat to have with your coffee or tea.
Chocolate Biscotti Recipe
Several sourdough maple pecan cookies that are glazed and sprinkled with chopped pecans.
Maple Pecan Sourdough Shortbread Cookies
These sweet and crunchy cookies are easy to make with only a few pantry staples but taste like you spent hours making them.
Maple Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Two sourdough thumbprint cookies on a white surface with a plate full of the cookies in the background.
Sourdough Thumbprint Cookies
These classic Christmas cookies can be filled with your favorite jam and are a fun recipe to make with your little kids.
Thumbprint Cookie Recipe
There is a white rectangle plate that contains 3 sourdough oatmeal raisin cookies. To the left, there is a baking sheet with more cookies and another cookie next to the plate. These items are sitting on a sheet of parchment paper.
Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
No cookie list is complete without oatmeal raisin cookies. Love them or hate them, these beloved cookies are sure to please the oatmeal cookie lovers in your family.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Recipe
There are several sourdough snickerdoodle on a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. There are also a few cookies and cinnamon sticks scattered around the tray. There is also a wooden spoon and a bowl of cinnamon sugar next to the tray.
Sourdough Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles have one secret ingredient that makes these cookies super soft on the inside yet slightly crunchy on the outside.
Snickerdoodle Recipe
Sourdough ginger cookies on parchment paper.
Sourdough Ginger Molasses Cookies
Th name doesn't do these cookies justice. These soft and chewy cookies have a complex flavor profile that is sure to delight your taste buds.
Molasses Cookie Recipe

I hope you enjoyed this list of our favorite sourdough discard cookies. Stay tuned as we will certainly be adding more to this list!

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