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chocolate chip cookies on cooling rack

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x


Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies are a fun way to use your sourdough starter (or sourdough discard) in a fun and extra delicious new way!


  • ½ cup cold butter (1 stick)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sourdough starter, active or discard
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and beat to combine well. Beat until fully mixed, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine, scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. Add the sourdough starter and mix until just combined.
  5. Sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl. Add the flour. Mix to combine.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  7. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the cookie dough onto a baking mat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Space the cookies about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake until the cookies are golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  9. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  10. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.
  11. Store extra cookies in an air-tight container.


  • I prefer to use my bubbly active starter for this recipe because my kids don't like the sourdough tang in the cookies (I think it's really pleasant, my husband thought I added lemon!).
  • If you like the tang, use your sourdough discard. If you are neutral, I'd start with using your mature starter to see how that goes first.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: dessert, sourdough
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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