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Sourdough Discard Crackers

Easy, simple, and fast sourdough discard crackers. The best way to use up discard sourdough so you NEVER throw starter away.

sourdough discard crackers

The Best Crackers

To say my children are picky eaters is an understatement. But give them some of these crackers and they will eat them all day long!

I used to love a few sourdough discard recipes that I found online but they were either too thick with too much flour or too thin without any flour. It took a while but I eventually created the best recipe for my family. My kids and husband absolutely love these sourdough discard crackers! I make them at least 5 times a week and they’re always gone that same day.

I’m glad my kids are craving healthy, all natural foods that I can quickly and easily make instead of the store-bought crackers filled with unnecessary preservatives and sugar.

We bring these crackers most places we go! We will always have a jar in the diaper bag for a quick snack at church or homeschool co-op. They are the perfect little munchy that fills my kids tummy’s up!

Step By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Melt your butter and let cool. I put my butter in a large glass measuring bowl and microwave it. I then add the rest of my ingredients to this bowl to easily keep all of the ingredients together and not have more dishes to do! I let my butter cool for about a minute or two before moving on to the next step.

Step 2

Add your flour, salt, and spices. Most of the time I only use salt and don’t add any spices because my kids are picky eaters. Garlic powder is a favorite of mine though!

Step 3

Mix all ingredients together until all of the flour is mixed in and you have a dough-like consistency. You can use a spatula or a mixer for this. I find it faster to use a spatula. Although I do love my KitchenAid mixer and use it whenever I have the chance to!

Step 4

Flatten your cracker dough onto a baking sheet. Use parchment paper to keep it from sticking to the pan. You can use a roller, your hands, or the spatula to flatten the dough. My kids love to use their hands! You can flatten the dough to be as thick or as thin as you want. I prefer thinner crackers but my oldest daughter loves them thicker. When she makes them, she tends to keep the dough thicker. Keep in mind that they will rise only slightly.

Step 5

Bake your crackers in the oven for 10 minutes to harden. After 10 minutes, take your baking sheet out. Score your crackers into the shapes and sizes you want them to be using a knife. I usually cut them into little squares. At this time you can salt the top if you would like to add more salt. You can also take a fork to poke little holes in the tops for decoration.

Step 6

Put your crackers back in the oven for another 30 minutes to continue baking and crisp up. 30 minutes is normally perfect for the way we like our crackers but if you like yours more soft, I would start with 25 minutes and check them periodically until they are done to your liking.

Step 7

Take your crackers out of the oven. Transfer them individually onto a cooling rack. Let them cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy!

sourdough discard crackers

How To Store Your Crackers

In my house these sourdough discard crackers don’t last for very long. We’re lucky if we have extras for the next day. Normally, my family is standing over the cooling rack munching on them while they’re still hot! But when I do have leftovers, I keep them in a mason jar. Just make sure to store yours in a sealed container.


I have slowly started integrating more homemade gifts into our gift-giving routine. I believe homemade presents puts value and meaning into the gift and person you are celebrating more than any store-bought gift could show. Homemade gifts and handmade cards are one way I am teaching my kids respect and thanks for others.

My children and I love baking sourdough bread as a “thank you” to friends and family. We love making potpourri as Christmas gifts for dance teachers.

These sourdough discard crackers make a great birthday gift for friends, snack for a potluck, or thank you gift for the babysitter. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to show your love for others with a homemade gift!

Sourdough Starter Feeding Guide

Check out my Sourdough Starter Feeding Guide blog post for a printable recipe on how to feed your sourdough starter daily to keep it active and bubbly. This recipe has helped my sourdough starter become so active it more than doubles after each feeding! I have so much discard, all I do is bake!

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sourdough discard crackers

Sourdough Discard Crackers

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Easy, simple, and fast sourdough discard crackers. The best way to use up discard sourdough so you NEVER throw starter away.


  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sourdough discard (not active)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • additional spices if desired


  1. melt butter and let cool
  2. mix sourdough discard, flour, and salt into the butter until you create a dough-like consistency
  3. flatten cracker dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  4. bake for 10 minutes
  5. take out of the oven and cut cracker dough into squares using a knife
  6. bake for 30 minutes or until cooked to your liking
  7. take out of the oven and let crackers cool on a cooling rack
  8. enjoy!


This recipe calls for sourdough discard, not active sourdough starter.

Before baking, you can flatten the cracker dough out to be as thin or as thick as you would like your crackers to be.

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