Pillowy Soft Sourdough Sugar Cookies

18 servings
44 min
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Say hello to these Pillowy Soft Sourdough Sugar Cookies!! Soft and chewy in the middle and crispy on the outside.

Sourdough Starter & Discard

I’m using the sourdough discard from my homemade sourdough starter. I like to use the discard from the starter and add to cookies, pancakes, waffles and most baked goods rather than waste it.

The sourdough adds a deep rich flavor and goes well with the amount of sweetness from the brown sugar in this cookie recipe.

If you haven’t baked with a sourdough starter and looking for an easy recipe here is the one that I used from King Arthur Baking. The recipe is straight forward and easy to follow.

Ingredients Needed to Make Pillowy Sourdough Sugar Cookies
  • Grass fed butter: not all butter is created equal so choose your butter wisely. My go to brand is Kerry Gold organic grass fed butter. You can also use a vegan butter or even a nut butter.
  • Brown sugar: the molasses in the brown sugar adds moisture and creates a more chewier texture.
  • Cane sugar: adding white sugar with the brown sugar is getting the best of both worlds. They both have the same amount of sweetness too.
  • Vanilla extract: my go to flavoring to make any baked good taste delicious.
  • Eggs: organic eggs are my preference but you can definitely make this recipe vegan by using flax eggs. To make a flax egg, whisk together 1 tablespoon ground flax and 3 tablespoons water. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Sourdough starter or discard: fermented sourdough makes it easier for the body to digest and contains healthy resistance starch that will not affect the blood glucose level.
  • Baking powder & baking soda: these little treats need to rise a little and boost it’s texture so don’t forget it.
  • All purpose flour: holds the cookie together and contributes to the shape.
  • Inulin powder: this is optional but I add to boost up the prebiotic fiber since the fiber has been stripped away from the all purpose flour.
Bite a Sugar Cookie

How to Make Sourdough Sugar Cookies

This is super easy to make and you don’t even have to break out the food processor or kitchen aid.

You first start with creaming the room temperature butter in a bowl with brown and cane sugar, vanilla and eggs together. Once you have a nice creamy consistency stir in the sourdough discard.

Next combine the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend until well combined but do not over mix the batter.

Set in refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Use a spoon or an ice cream scooper to scoop out cookies onto a lined baking sheet. Batter makes about 18 large or 36 medium size cookies.

ice cream scooper used
balls of raw cookie dough
cinnamon & sugar

Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon and bake at 350F for 14 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

And if sourdough cookies are not your cup of tea then try this easy chocolate chip pecan cookie skillet cookie recipe or better yet, this c hocolate chip oatmeal cardamom cookie recipe. Delish!

Recipe adapted from @culturesforhealth

– Melissa

Pillowy Soft Sourdough Sugar Cookies

Recipe details

  • 18  servings
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 14 Minutes Total time: 44 min
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Cookie Batter:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sourdough starter or discard
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup inulin powder, optional


  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


Make Cookie Batter:

Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl cream butter, brown and cane sugar, vanilla and eggs together.
Stir in sourdough starter and mix well.
In a separate bowl mix together all the dry ingredients and blend well. (baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour and inulin)
Combine the dry ingredients with the wet and mix until well combined. Don’t over mix the batter so that you will get a thick chewy cookie.
Set batter in fridge for 15 minutes.
Mix cinnamon and sugar topping and set to the side.
Scoop out cookies with an ice cream scooper or spoon and drop cookie ball onto a baking sheet. Do not flatten cookies as they will flatten during baking.
Sprinkle sugar & cinnamon mixture on top of each cookie.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack for 10 minutes.


  • Batter makes about 18 large or 36 medium size cookies.
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