Soft, chewy and easy to make sourdough discard cookies. Whip these Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies up using a bowl and spoon. No mixer needed! Use Sourdough Starter Discard in this recipe just like in these Easy Sourdough Biscuits, and Sourdough Discard Scones. Pillow soft and extra chocolatey featuring chips and chunks, these cookies are freezer friendly! This recipe is vegetarian, and easily dairy free.
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Sourdough Discard Cookies
I first tried sourdough chocolate chip cookies from a local bakery a few years ago. What a delight to find this offering as I was just in the throws of learning How to Make Sourdough Bread, so my interest was piqued.
The texture was pillow soft and chewy, with a slight tang. Different from other chocolate chip cookie recipes and from bakeries I’d tried.
With my new knowledge of sourdough cookie possibilities, I started experimenting and tweaking an old recipe to utilize sourdough discard on hand in the fridge that I otherwise use for Sourdough Banana Muffins, Sourdough Oatmeal Pancakes, and Easy Sourdough Biscuits. But now (!!), sourdough starter cookies!
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Related: Use your sourdough starter to make the most fabulous Seeded Multigrain Sourdough Bread!
Quick Guide: How to Make Sourdough Discard Cookies
In this sourdough chocolate chip cookie recipe, discard is incorporated to add flavor and for practicality purposes, to use up that sourdough discard setting in the back of the fridge. Use a bowl and spoon to whip this recipe up! No mixer needed. In summary, here’s how to make this recipe (see recipe card below for details):
- First, melt the butter and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.
- Second, to the butter, whisk in brown and cane sugar.
- Third, whisk in the sourdough discard and egg.
- Next, mix in the dry ingredients, then add the chocolate chips and chunks.
- Last, scoop and bake.
See how easy they are to whip up?
After scooping, there’s no need to rest in the fridge unless more sourdough flavor is desired. Although at this point the cookie dough can be frozen for longer storage.
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie Flavor Development
To tease more sourdough flavor from your cookies, simply rest the cookie dough in the fridge for up to three days. Do this by keeping them in the same mixing bowl, scoop then bake or scoop all the cookies and rest in the fridge between parchment paper in a covered container.
Sourdough flavor is more apparent on day three than day one.
Use Chocolate Chips and Chunks
This sourdough discard cookie recipe calls for chocolate chips and chunks. To create those puddles of chocolate, chop your chocolate bar into BIG chunks, about 1/2″ (1.3cm) each, so long as they fit into your cookie scoop.
I like both chips and chunks for flavor and mouth feel. Choose at least 70% chocolate for the chunks, cut from a chocolate bar, and semi sweet chocolate chips, about 60%. If preferred, use milk chocolate chips, although the cookies will taste sweeter.
A Few Recipe Notes
- Dairy Free? Yes Please! I tested this recipe with Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, and it works well. Use your favorite dairy-free chocolate chips and bar. I like Enjoy Life Foods and Theo Chocolate. *See recipe notes for more details.
- Freezer Friendly! I love having these cookies on hand in the freezer. Simply freeze after scooping on a parchment lined sheet pan. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer container. Thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then bake.
- A Note On Sugar: I use organic cane sugar in my baking recipes. The grain size is larger than granulated sugar and may change the outcome of this recipe if substituted. If you try granulated sugar in this recipe, please let us know how it goes!
- Kitchen Tools: I recommend a digital oven thermometer with an air probe and weighing your ingredients using a digital kitchen scale for best outcome (affiliate links).
More Sourdough Discard Recipes to Love
- Sourdough Vegan Pancakes
- Sourdough Banana Muffins
- Easy Sourdough Discard Biscuits
- Sourdough Oatmeal Pancakes
- Cranberry Orange Sourdough Scones
- Strawberry Sourdough Shortcake
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups + 3 tablespoons (235 grams) Unbleached All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 3/4 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons (155 grams) Unsalted Butter
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) Light Brown Sugar packed
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (80 grams) Cane Sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup (65g) Sourdough Discard 100% hydration stirred down
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/2 cup (85 grams) Chocolate Chips I like 60% Semi Sweet
- 3 ounces (85 grams) Chocolate Bar I like 70% - 80% Dark, chopped into large chunks.
- Set oven rack in center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit (177 Celsius). Line a sheet pan or pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
Mix the Cookies:
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pot, heat the butter on low until melted. Set aside.
- Into a large mixing bowl, transfer the melted butter. It should be warm to the touch. To the butter, add the brown sugar and cane sugar. Whisk until incorporated. To the butter mixture, add the vanilla and sourdough discard. Whisk until incorporated. Crack the egg into the batter. Whisk until smooth.
- To the butter mixture, add the flour mixture all at once. Use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients, folding and pressing the dough until there are no dry bits left.
- To the batter, add the chips and chunks. Mix until the chocolate is evenly distributed. For More Sourdough Flavor (optional): At this point, rest cookies in the fridge for up to three days. This can be done right in the mixing bowl, covered, before scooping. Or, scoop (see below), then store cookies between sheets of parchment paper in a lidded container. Bring to room temperature before baking.
- Scoop cookies using a number 40 ice cream/cookie scoop and transfer to prepared pan spacing cookies at about 2 inches (5 centimeters) apart. Or portion to 1 1/2 tablespoons. each, then roll into a ball. To Freeze (optional): At this point the cookies can be frozen. Freeze cookies on a parchment lined sheet pan. Once frozen, transfer to a storage container and freeze for up to three weeks. When ready to bake, thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Bake.
- Bake cookies at 350 Fahrenheit (177 Celsius) for 10-13 minutes OR when the cookies are just turning golden around the edges and the bottom is golden. Remove sheet pan from oven and set on cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes. Transfer individual cookies to a cooling rack and enjoy. Allow to cool completely before storing cookies in a cookie jar. They'll keep for up to three days.
- Reduce added salt to 1/4 tsp. due to the salt content in Earth Balance.
- Because the dough is a bit softer, rest in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes so that the dough is easier to scoop.
- Use your favorite dairy free chocolate chips and bar. I like Enjoy Life Foods and Theo Chocolate.