Sourdough Discard Crinkle Cookies

Crinkle cookies were my absolute favorite growing up. I’ve always been an absolute chocolate fiend, so I could never get enough of these rich and fudgy treats. 

When I set out to recreate a sourdough version of these cookies, I knew I wanted them to have a really soft, and chewy middle. Adding discard to any cookie recipe introduces additional moisture to the dough which can cause cookies to spread which means, thin, crispy cookies. To remove some of the excess water, I used 4 yolks and only 2 whites. Additionally, I refrigerated these cookies for two hours before baking, this helps solidify the fat in the recipe and provides structure while baking. 

I hope you enjoy making and eating these cookies as much as I loved adding a sourdough twist to one of my childhood favorites!

Now on to the recipe! 

254 gramsAll-purpose flour
86 grams Cocoa powder
¾ teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoonsBaking powder
350 gramsGranulated sugar
175 grams Grapeseed oil (or any light flavored oil)
85 gramsDiscard starter
Egg yolks
2 teaspoonsVanilla
50 grams Powdered sugar

Mix Dough

In a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking powder until no lumps remain. Set aside. 

In a separate bowl, combine granulated sugar, oil, discard starter, vanilla eggs and yolks. 

Gradually fold flour mixture into wet ingredients until fully combined. 


Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours or until completely chilled. Don’t skip this step! 


Once you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F/176 C and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 

Take out chilled cookie dough from fridge. Scoop out dough into 1 ½ tablespoon-sized balls, roll with your hands and coat thoroughly in powdered sugar.

Place dough balls on prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart. 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. 

Once finished baking, allow cookies to rest on hot baking sheets for 5 minutes, your cookies will still be extremely soft in the middle, the residual heat will allow them to firm up without over-baking and becoming too crispy. 

Move to a wire rack, enjoy warm or store in an airtight container once completely cooled.

Et voila! 

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Michelle Tan says:

    Can I cut down sugar to 100g

    1. You can certainly try, but I have never done that myself so I can’t guarantee the results.

    2. Jenn says:

      I halved the sugar and thought they were fine. A little dry, so take small bite…no idea if that had anything to do with the reduced sugar…

  2. Josine says:

    I baked them yesterday as a treat at work, and now some co-workers want the recipe, but they don’t have sourdough discard. What must I change to make them without the discard?

    1. So glad you loved it! I’d try using whole eggs. However, I can’t guarantee the results as I’ve never attempted this before.

  3. Tiffany Hu says:

    Hi! Does the type of cocoa powder matter here? Dutch processed ok?

    1. Yes! Dutch processed works great for this recipe!

  4. Evangeline says:

    Hi! Can I replace oil for butter? Thanks!

    1. Butter has some water content, you’d probably have to brown the butter to remove some of the water from it before using. I’ve never tried this myself so I can’t speak about the results!

  5. Delynda says:

    Do I had to use discard? Or can I use my starter on my counter?

    1. Both are fine

  6. Delynda says:

    I forgot to ask you if I could, refrigerate overnight and bake off in the morning?

    1. Refrigerating overnight works great!

  7. Jennifer says:

    If I can’t eat cocoa powder, are there any other non-chocolate alternatives?

    1. I’m afraid these work best with cocoa powder. Try one of the other cookie recipes on my blog, the oatmeal or soft baked cookies are quite good and you can substitute nuts or dried fruits in place of the chocolate chips.

    2. Suzanne says:

      You could try carob powder. A lot of people who can’t have cocoa powder use carob powder as a substitute.

      1. Thank you for the suggestion! I never even considered carob. But it’s true that it would would for flavor and it is shown to be healthier than chocolate

  8. Kathy Poidomani says:

    I love, love, love these cookies! I baked these cookies for a friend & her husband said they were the best cookies he’d ever tasted. So here’s what I did: I used whole wheat starter, added cinnamon & used a little less chocolate, and added Mexican vanilla. I was raised in South Texas & love Mexican chocolate so the cookies had that flavor. Tomorrow I’m making them & will add a dash of chili powder or cayenne! Double yum!! Thanks for a GREAT recipe!

    1. Hi Kathy! Thank you so much for letting me know that the recipe worked for you. I’m ecstatic that you and your friends loved it. So great to hear that whole wheat starter worked for this recipe!

    2. So glad you loved them! Your substitutions sound absolutely delicious!

  9. Mary Diehl says:

    Made a double batch today so I can freeze and bake as desired! I added a few handfuls of mini chocolate chips and ohh man they are soo good!

    1. So glad you enjoyed them!

  10. Jenn says:

    Just wondering how many cookies this makes. I want to try it but there are only 2 of us, so I don’t want to make too many… wondering if I need to halve the recipe the first time… thx

    1. I wouldn’t advise 1/2 the recipe. You can certainly freeze a portion of the dough and store it until you are ready to bake.

  11. SwingLean says:

    I have to say that these are going on regular rotation! The only changes I made was to replace 50g of the gran sug with brown sug, and after chilling the dough overnight I scooped, froze for 15, then dusted with powdered sugar before baking. I also divided the dough in half and added mini chips to one half, but seriously didn’t prefer them to no chips. Perhaps I may try full size chips or chopped dark chocolate in the future. Brilliant results!

    1. So happy you loved these! I think they are definitely chocolatey enough without added chocolate chips but you never know until you try. Chips and transforming these to double chocolate cookies with no powdered sugar sounds like a winner though!

  12. Coco says:

    I have made these six times. Once I used sugar substitute and they came out great. The last two batches, however, were swimming in oil after the refrigeration period. So much so that I have had to pour it off. I am using all your measurements and a scale. What in the heck am I doing wrong?

    1. That’s so odd. The only time I’ve come across anything similar is when my oil was not fully emulsified when I made brownies. All I can think of is that there is something that’s happening during the process of mixing that’s not letting the oil get fully incorporated into your batter, but I can’t be sure. I’ll have to make these again to see if I can pinpoint the issue.

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