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Sourdough Strawberries and Cream Cookies

My sourdough strawberry cookies are filled with white chocolate chips and pieces of strawberry speckled throughout each bite. These sourdough discard cookies are the perfect cookie for warmer weather. They make a great addition to Easter, Mother’s Day or any summer holiday. 

Why You Will Love these Sourdough Strawberry Cookies

The combination of strawberries and white chocolate create a delicious cookie that is reminiscent of strawberries and cream. The sweetness of strawberries contrasts the sour flavor from sourdough starter quite nicely (also check out my strawberry sourdough sweet rolls).The best part is they can be made start to finish in under two hours.

sourdough strawberries and cream cookies stacked on top of one another.

How to Use Sourdough Starter in Strawberry Sourdough Cookies

The key to making cookies with sourdough starter is to avoid adding too much liquid. Excess liquid makes cookies more cake-like, rather than soft and chewy. 

To reduce the liquid in this recipe, I opted to use freeze dried strawberries. Freeze dried strawberries create a medium to absorb some of the extra liquid from the starter while maintaining a strong and delicious strawberry flavor. 

Ingredients and Substitutions

sourdough strawberries and cream cookie ingredients in individual measuring cups and bowls.
  • Flour: I recommend all-purpose flour or bread flour for this recipe. 
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Butter: I recommend unsalted butter but you can use salted if that is all you have. I would reduce the salt in the recipe by 1/8 teaspoon if you are using salted butter. 
  • Brown sugar
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla: I highly recommend pure vanilla extract although you can substitute imitation vanilla if that is all you have. 
  • Sourdough Starter: Ideally, your starter should be close to 100% hydration although it should still work if you don’t exactly measure your ingredients when feeding your starter. It just may affect the consistency of the cookies slightly.
  • Egg yolk: We only use the egg yolk in this recipe. 
  • White chocolate chips: You can use any type of chocolate chip to substitute for the white chocolate chips if desired. 
  • Freeze dried strawberries: I have not substituted fresh strawberries in these cookies. I suspect that doing so would make the dough too wet so I do not recommend making this substitution (although please let me know in the comments if you try it!)

How to Make 

Step 1: Brown the butter. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

browned butter in saucepan.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. 

sourdough strawberry cookie dry ingredients whisked together in separate bowl.

Step 3: Add the brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla. Mix to combine.

Step 4: Stir in the sourdough starter and egg yolk. 

sourdough strawberry cookie dry ingredients whisked together in separate bowl.

Step 5: Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir until mostly smooth.

Step 6: Stir in the freeze dried strawberries and white chocolate chips.

Sourdough strawberry cookies dough in saucepan.

Step 7: Chill for at least 1 hour.

Step 8: Roll cookie dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. Place on baking sheet. 

sourdough strawberry white chocolate cookie dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

Step 9: Bake. 

How to Make Ahead

There are several ways to make these cookies ahead of time: 

  1. Bake and freeze. Store the baked cookies in a gallon freezer safe bag and pull out when needed. 
  2. Freeze the cookie dough balls. Divide the cookie dough into cookie dough balls. Next, freeze them on a baking sheet, wrapped in plastic wrap, for two hours. Place the dough balls in a freezer safe gallon storage bag and use within 3 months. When ready to bake, follow instructions as written, adding 2-3 minutes to the bake time. 
  3. Long ferment the dough in the refrigerator. You can keep the cookie dough in the fridge for up to 36 hours to long ferment. Bake as directed. 
sourdough strawberries and cream cookies on a serving plate with strawberries scattered decoratively around the plate.

How to Store 

Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They are best when consumed in 3-5 days. 

If you love sourdough, check out these other delicious sourdough recipes:

sourdough strawberries and cream cookies stacked on top of one another.

Sourdough Strawberries and Cream Cookies

Sourdough strawberries and cream cookies are sweet and delicious. These cookies are perfect for the warmer months.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 21 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 170 kcal


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup sourdough starter (active starter or discard works fine)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1.2 oz freeze dried strawberries roughly chopped


  • Melt 6 tablespoons butter over low-medium heat. Stir constantly until the butter begins to turn golden brown and emits a nutty aroma.
  • Remove from heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Stir until melted.
  • Stir in the brown sugar and granulated sugar and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • To the sugar and butter mixture, stir in the sourdough starter, vanilla, and egg yolk until fully combined.
  • Add the flour mixture to the saucepan with the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Gently stir in the white chocolate chips and strawberries.
  • Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour or up to 48 hours for a long fermentation.

When Ready to Bake

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Roll the cookie dough into 1¼ inch dough balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, separated 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. The cookies should still be soft and gooey in the center but the edges should just start turning golden.
  • Allow to cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.


Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 174IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cookies, Sourdough Discard
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