Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

filed under: Cookies on April 20, 2020

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies are loaded with chocolate chips and so easy to make when you use your sourdough starter discard. No electric mixer is needed for this recipe (just your muscles), and you can have a soft, cakelike cookie or bake a little less time for a chewier cookie. Try my original Chocolate Chip Cookies recipes for another delicious recipe on this favorite classic cookie.

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Once you have a sourdough starter, you might as well use it as often as you can! For these Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies, you will use your sourdough starter that has not been fed for a couple of days or sourdough starter discard. There’s no reason to waste any of your starter when you have recipes like this or my Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes! With all the ingredients mixed in one bowl, it’s so simple to get the dough ready to be baked into a delicious cookie.


Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies Stacked on Plate

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Grab a large mixing bowl, the listed ingredients, and a little muscle power to get started on these easy to make chocolate chip cookies.

Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Unsalted butter (can use salted butter, just use 1/2 tsp salt instead of a teaspoon)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Sourdough starter
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour (can use bread flour)
  • Kosher salt
  • Baking soda
  • Chocolate chips

Overhead of Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies on Wood Surface

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies Dough

As I mentioned, you only need a large mixing bowl, the ingredients, and a little stirring power to get the dough ready to bake for these Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies. I used a wooden spoon to do the mixing. You will need to let the dough rest for a while, so there is no need to preheat the oven until you are ready to bake the cookies.

  • Begin preparing the dough by combining the softened butter and the sugar. I like to leave the butter out overnight to get it soft enough for mixing by hand. But, if you didn’t think about that, butter gets to room temperature in about 30 minutes. To get it softer even quicker, cut it up into chunks or flatten it out a bit. That will allow it to come to room temperature a little faster.
  • Next, stir in the sourdough starter discard and vanilla.
  • Then, add the dry ingredients, from the flour to the baking soda, mixing just until incorporated. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Finally, add the chocolate chips. Let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes. You could even let the dough chill in the refrigerator overnight if you want to do that. Just be sure to let the dough come to room temperature before baking the cookies.

Close up of Chocolate Chip Loaded Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookie on Wood Surface

How to Bake Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Once you have the dough prepared, it’s time to bake the cookies!

But, baker beware…a mere two minutes can be the difference between a softer, fluffier, more cake-like cookie and a chewier, flatter cookie. I made them both ways, as you can see in the next couple of pictures. For all of the cookies, I used a 3 tablespoon scoop of dough.

If you want the more cake-like cookie, bake the cookies for  8-10 minutes. For a chewier cookie, bake for only 6-8 minutes. The baking temperature for both is 350°F.

Top and bottom comparison of Chewy and Cake-Like Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies


The Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies you see on the top picture above were baked in that 6-8 minute range. They have a chewier texture and did not ‘puff up’ like the more cake-like cookie below it. The cake-like cookie was baked in the 8-10 minute range. You can see the difference in the picture below as well. The cookies on the left were baked in less time than the cookies on the right.

Side by Side of Chewy and Cake-Like Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Freeze Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies can be easily stored in the freezer. To freeze the cookies, let them cool completely. Then, lay the cookies flat on a piece of parchment paper, put them in the freezer for a few hours, and then store them in a zipped plastic freezer-safe bag. Remember to label the bag with the date. Cookies will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Let them sit out at room temperature overnight to thaw.

Chewy Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies Broke in Half to See the Inside

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4.88 from 55 votes
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Use your sourdough starter discard to make these delicious Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 24
Author: Amanda
  • 14 tablespoons (1 stick + 3/4 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup sourdough starter, unfed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) large chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, combine the softened butter and sugars. (Make sure the butter is soft enough to mix with the sugar by hand.)

  2. Add the egg to the mixture, stirring until incorporated.

  3. Stir in the sourdough starter and vanilla extract.

  4. Add the flour, salt, and baking soda, careful to not overmix.

  5. Finally, incorporate the chocolate chips and let the dough refrigerate for 15 minutes or refrigerate up to overnight. (I have made them without refrigeration and they get more cake-like in texture.)

  6. When ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F. (Let the refrigerated cookies come to room temperature.)

  7. Drop spoonfuls (2-3 tablespoons) of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. (I use a 3 tablespoon ice cream scoop.)

    Bake 8-10 minutes for a cake-like cookie.

    Bake 6-8 minutes for a chewier cookie. (My recommendation!) The cookie MAY appear a little wet in the center and that is ok. It will continue to bake and be cooked throughout after being out of the oven for a few minutes.

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  • Paula says:

    Yummy !!! ..I added coconut , slivered almonds, walnuts and semi sweet and 70% choc chips. great recipe , thank you for sharing it!

  • Nichole R Johansen says:

    This is my go-to recipe when I am wanting to use my starter for something other than bread. We leave a handful out but freeze the rest. You can eat them straight from the freezer and they are amazing! It’s a good way to keep them lasting with a household of only two people. I love the texture of a mixture of gooey and cake-like. So unique and they make a great treat to bring to a get together. I also add pecans which gives an extra texture and adds a nice sweetness.

  • Tasha says:

    Your recipe prints on one page. This is why you are such an amazing blogger. You rock! I haven’t even made the recipe yet, but so far you’ve made my day.

  • Emily Irwin says:

    Tried my first loaf using whole wheat flour. Simple to follow and turned out great. Will be making it again.

  • Michelle says:

    this recipe is PERFECT! Thank you soo much! I used muffin tins to help keep the cookies round.

  • Michael says:

    Idk how I do it but I always end up with more than the recipe says. They taste really good though

  • Stephen says:

    This is a great sourdough discard recipe. They turned out perfectly my first try. The recipe is clear to follow and the cookies are soft and magnificent!

  • Stephen says:

    Forgot to add rating.

  • Valerie says:

    These are slamming good – approved by several adult cookie monsters! I added some toasted unsweetened coconut flakes – One of the tester/tasters aid “ I’m a convert – I thought I didn’t like coconut at all – these are just delicious – change of taste and texture- I love them!”

  • Sandie says:

    Loved these, but some of cookies had hard crusty particles inside. Weird. ?

  • Virginia Fahnestock says:

    Third time I’ve tried to leave a comment. Don’t understand why my comments don’t show up but very frustrating.

    Why does this recipe call for an unfed starter versus a fed starter. I inadvertently used fed starter last time I made them. We all thought they were incredible. All my neighbors that I took them to just loved them but I’d love an explanation of what fed starter does to this recipe versus unfed starter. Please respond!

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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.