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Sourdough starters are for more than just bread! These easy sourdough dessert recipes are a great way to use your sourdough discard!

You should most definitely use your sourdough starter in dessert recipes! The wild yeast and lactic found in the starter help to create a depth of flavor and tender texture that really makes your dessert shine! 

Plus these sourdough discard recipes are great ways to use up extra sourdough starter. Move beyond bread and pancakes into a whole world of awesome treats!

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How to use a sourdough starter

You can use your sourdough starter for anything you use flour in! These sweet sourdough recipes are sure amaze you with how you can use your sourdough starter!  

These recipes use a combination of fed, active sourdough starter and sourdough discard. Discard is a natural part of keeping a sourdough starter – its just the unfed and inactive starter.

Discard is really a misnomer that implies that there is something wrong with this part of the starter and you should throw it away.

In reality, there are so many ways you can use your inactive starter, like all these sourdough discard desserts.

Also check out “Quick Sourdough Recipes” for when you need a recipe that takes less than an hour!

Thinking about just sourdough cookie recipes? We’ve got that, too!

What kind of sourdough starter do I need for these recipes? 

Most of these recipes use a 100% hydration sourdough starter, meaning one that has been fed equal amounts by weight of flour and water. Read How to Maintain a Sourdough Starter for more information.

New to sourdough? Read my ultimate guide to sourdough for beginners to get all the answers to your questions in easy to understand ways!

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The Best Sourdough Banana Bread
This delicious sourdough banana bread will quickly be a new favorite! Not quite as cake like as some other banana breads can be, with also a bit more spice due to the lemon zest and ginger, its makes a great breakfast or snack – especially warmed and slathered with butter! This is a perfect use of your sourdough starter discard!
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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Sourdough Scones
Brown sugar and cinnamon sourdough scones are tender, crumbly, and buttery with a lovely brown sugar glaze on top. This is a great sourdough discard recipe to make and share with friends (or eat them all by yourself).
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Sourdough Cinnamon Spice Biscotti
Cinnamon Chip Biscotti is a crisp and crunchy biscotti cookie made with your sourdough starter! Flavored with cinnamon chips, tons of cinnamon, and drizzled some white chocolate on top. These are an easy and fun way to use your sourdough starter.
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Sourdough Carrot Cake
Sourdough carrot cake is an easy and delicious dessert to make with your sourdough discard. Heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and topped with cream cheese frosting. You will never look at carrot cake the same way again!
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Sourdough Beignets
Sourdough Beignets are pillows of fried dough that have a slight sourdough tang that works perfect here, and the texture is awesome. Pillowy and soft, with a slight chew. A great recipe to make with your sourdough starter!
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Double Chocolate Sourdough Brownies
Sourdough brownies are an ultra fudgy, and rich and delicious dessert that uses your sourdough discard. They are easy and quick to make, so you can enjoy them whenever you have sourdough discard to use. A great recipe to use your sourdough starter!
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Sourdough Peanut Butter Cookies
These peanut butter sourdough cookies are a fun and delicious recipe to use up your sourdough starter discard! These easy cookies don’t have a big sourdough flavor but do add to the depth of flavor of the overall cookie.
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Chocolate Cinnamon Sourdough Babka
This Sourdough Babka Recipe is a delicious and special treat. Swirly sourdough brioche is filled with a chocolate cinnamon filling and topped with a crumb topping.
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Strawberry Sourdough Galette
These Strawberry Galettes are the perfect dessert recipe to use your sourdough starter with fresh in season strawberries and garden thyme!
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Sourdough Pound Cake
Sourdough Pound cake is a dense and sweet cake that is a perfect use of sourdough starter discard! Serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream for a great cake recipe.
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Sourdough Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies
These sourdough blondies are a copycat recipe of Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars. White chocolate and cranberry blondies are given an upgrade with the addition of sourdough discard. Cranberry bliss bars with sourdough starter are tangy and flavorful, frosted with a cream cheese frosting, then drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with dried cranberries. This sourdough blondies recipe is a fun treat to share!
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Perfect Sourdough Sugar Cookies
Sourdough sugar cookies is a great way to use your sourdough starter! These sugar cookies are simple to make, perfect for cut outs and decorating, and don’t need to be chilled before baking. A fantastic recipe to use your sourdough starter discard!
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Sourdough Pie Crust
Sourdough pie crust is a tender, flakey, all butter crust with a deep and satisfying flavor. A great use of your sourdough starter! A great pie crust recipe for any pie you want to bake, sweet or savory.
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Sourdough Kolaches
Sourdough Kolaches are a yeasted thumbprint pastry made with a sweet enriched dough and topped with a fruit jam and streusel. This sweet treat is a great recipe to use with your sourdough starter!
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Sourdough Coffee Cake
This sourdough coffee cake recipe is an easy way to use sourdough discard, and a great way to have breakfast! The subtle sourdough flavor cinnamon pecan crumble combine well in this tender and moist cake. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon treat!
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Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies are a delicious and simple recipe that uses sourdough starter discard. Loaded with chocolate chips and just a hint of sourdough flavor, these soft and cake like cookies will become your new favorite recipe.
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Mocha Chocolate Sourdough Bundt Cake
This easy sourdough chocolate cake is a delicious way to use your sourdough starter. Dense and rich, with a slight sourdough tang, this mocha chocolate cake is a great sourdough recipe.
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Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies
Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies are an easy discard recipe you will want to make again and again! Soft and cakey oatmeal cookies iced with a thick icing.
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Chocolate Sourdough Cake
This decadent and rich chocolate sourdough cake recipe is a show stopping dessert! Made with sourdough starter, this is a fun recipe to use your starter in a way that isn’t bread. Rich, moist, and so chocolatey, and topped with a chocolate buttercream frosting, this cake is a dream come true for chocolate lovers!
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