Sourdough Cookies (Easy Recipe with Dairy Free Option)

sourdough chocolate chip cookies

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These sourdough cookies are naturally fermented so they are easy to make and easy to digest. They’re also a great way to use up sourdough discard.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened or coconut oil
  • 1 to 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • chocolate chunks, dried fruit, or crispy nuts (optional)


  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine sourdough starter and butter.
  2. Add one cup of flour. Mix well. Continue adding flour a little at a time, mixing well after each addition, until you get a very stiff dough.
  3. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to sour at room temperature for 8 or more hours.
  4. Preheat your oven to 375 °F and get your baking sheet ready. Grease the baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  5. Mix egg, sugar, vanilla, sea salt and baking powder in a separate bowl. (Hold the baking soda for a bit.) 
  6. Pour the egg mixture over the top of your soured dough. Blend well (I use my hands).
  7. When dough is well mixed, add chocolate, fruit, etc, blend thoroughly. Lastly, sprinkle the baking soda over the top and mix well.
  8. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until bottoms are lightly brown and tops are soft set.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container with wax paper between layers.
  10. Makes around 2-3 dozen cookies, depending on the size.


My guys like sourdough chocolate chip cookies best, but you can also modify the basic recipe to make:

  • oatmeal raisin (add 1/2 cup oatmeal along with the flour)
  • cherry chocolate (add 1/4 cup dried cherries and 1/4 cup chocolate chunks)
  • cinnamon apple (add 1/4 cup dried apple bits and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • white chocolate almond (add 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, 1/4 cup slivered almonds, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract)
  • peanut butter chocolate chip (add 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup chocolate chips)
  • Use your imagination and try different combinations!

If you plan to mix in moist ingredients like peanut butter, make sure your dough is quite stiff before fermenting.  Adding oatmeal helps to keep your sourdough cookies from spreading too flat.