You’ll Love These 17 Gorgeously Festive Christmas Sourdough Recipes

If you love the tangy flavor of sourdough and the warmth of Christmas spices, you’re in for a treat. These Christmas sourdough recipes are simple, delicious, and perfect for adding a festive touch to your holiday baking.

collage image of holiday themed sourdough cookies and quick breads.

From spiced cookies to sweet breads, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, they’re a great way to use up any sourdough starter you have left.

Decorated gingerbread cookies shaped like snowflakes and people on a cooling rack.

Easy Sourdough Gingerbread Cookies

These Sourdough Gingerbread Cookies are a holiday classic and ideal for using with cookie cutters. They’re also a fantastic way to use up any leftover sourdough starter you have in the fridge!

A baked dish of sourdough apple crisp in a white baking dish, with apples and a red cloth in the background.

Sourdough Apple Crisp

This Sourdough Apple Crisp is an ideal dessert for using up sourdough discard. It’s especially wonderful to make in the fall. Just pop it in the oven and let the delightful aroma fill your kitchen!

A slice of sourdough gingerbread topped with whipped cream on a white plate.

Old Fashioned Sourdough Gingerbread

This old-fashioned gingerbread is soft and richly spiced without being overly sweet. Perfect for any time of day, this gingerbread cake is made with sourdough starter discard, though no one would guess unless you tell them!

A loaf of spice cake with slices cut, showing a crumbly streusel topping.

Cinnamon Streusel Sourdough Spice Cake

This sourdough spice cake bursts with bold flavors from warm fall spices and is topped with a buttery cinnamon streusel. With all its deliciousness, no one will even realize it’s made with sourdough starter discard!

A white baking dish filled with freshly baked sourdough berry sweet rolls covered in creamy white frosting, with a bowl of blackberries and a plate with raspberries nearby.

How to Make Soft + Amazing Sourdough Berry Sweet Rolls

These rolls combine the unique tang of sourdough with the sweetness of bursting berries, topped with a rich cream cheese frosting for a decadent breakfast or dessert treat.

A beautifully shaped star bread dusted with powdered sugar.

Sourdough Star Bread

This sourdough star bread is a naturally leavened holiday classic, filled with butter and cinnamon sugar. Despite its impressive appearance, it’s surprisingly simple to make with just a bit of layering and twisting. Plus, the filling possibilities are endless!

Gingerbread biscotti drizzled with white icing, arranged on a plate.

Sourdough Gingerbread Biscotti

Sourdough Gingerbread Biscotti is an ideal holiday treat to pair with your favorite cozy drink. Whether you enjoy coffee, tea, or non-caffeinated beverages, these delicious biscotti made with sourdough discard are sure to be a hit.

Close-up of sourdough caramel rolls with a gooey caramel topping.

Sourdough Caramel Rolls Recipe

Looking for a tasty treat to make with your sourdough starter? Try this delicious and easy recipe for Sourdough Caramel Rolls!

A Christmas tree-shaped pull-apart bread with a side of dipping sauce.

Sourdough Pull Apart Christmas Tree Bread

Learn how to make sourdough pull-apart Christmas tree bread for a festive holiday side or appetizer! Shaping the tree is easier than it looks, and you’ll love the flavorful garlic bread filling.

Slices of stollen bread filled with dried fruits and dusted with powdered sugar.

Sourdough Stollen Recipe

Stollen is the perfect bread to serve during the Christmas season. It’s studded with rum-soaked fruit, orange and lemon zest, almonds, and almond paste, all topped with a generous coating of powdered sugar.

A braided wreath bread decorated with cranberries, pecans, and sprigs of rosemary.

Braided Sourdough Wreath Bread With Pumpkin, Cranberries, and Pecans

Think of this bread as a way to embrace the positive intentions that come with new beginnings. Use it to connect with your loved ones by placing it at the center of your table and gathering around!

A loaf of panettone wrapped with a ribbon and dusted with powdered sugar.

Sourdough Panettone

Panettone is the ultimate holiday bread, filled with dried fruits and boasting a soft, springy texture. This sourdough version takes a few days to make, but the result is wonderfully flavorful and beautiful.

Molasses crinkle cookies covered in powdered sugar on a red plate.

Sourdough Molasses Crinkle Cookies

These sweet and spicy sourdough molasses crinkle cookies are glittery, festive, and so much fun to make and enjoy.

Chocolate whoopie pies filled with peppermint cream and crushed candy canes.

Sourdough Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies

These chocolate whoopie pies are filled with velvety peppermint American buttercream and finished with a coating of crushed peppermint or candy canes. The result is a delightful crunch and the classic red-and-white peppermint candy charm.

A dish of herb sourdough stuffing with a serving spoon.

Classic Herb Sourdough Stuffing

This sourdough stuffing showcases classic herbal flavors with sage, thyme, and rosemary. The sourdough bread adds a layer of complexity, complemented by plenty of butter, onion, and celery. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it’s a delicious savory bread pudding.

A stack of sourdough French toast topped with blueberries and syrup.

Easy Sourdough French Toast Recipe

Sourdough French Toast is a great way to use up leftover sourdough! This recipe makes extra fluffy and soft French toast, thanks to a secret ingredient that ensures it’s always delicious and foolproof.

Bright yellow saffron buns with raisins on top, arranged on parchment paper.

Sourdough Saffron Buns

These sourdough saffron buns are a beloved holiday tradition across Europe. Depending on the shape, they are served during Jul, Christmas, or on Santa Lucia Day, especially in Scandinavia and Italy.

Please remember that just about any recipe can be turned into a sourdough recipe. So if you have a family favorite cookie recipe that you make every Christmas, try tweaking it a little to use your discard.

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The holidays are such a fun time in the kitchen. I hope you’ve found some inspiration in these recipes to make your Christmas baking extra special.

You\'ll Love These 17 Gorgeously Festive Christmas Sourdough Recipes
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