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Sourdough Cheddar Crackers with Discard

Salty, crisp, sourdough cheddar crackers made with your discarded sourdough starter- a quick and easy recipe!

A delicious way to use your discard sourdough starter, this recipe for sourdough cheddar crackers is ready in under thirty minutes. The perfect salty snack to serve with cocktails!

glass canister of sourdough cheese crackers

The age old problem of all sourdough bakers… what to do with the discard? There are many excellent ways to use sourdough discard, but this one might be my favorite. It uses a good amount of your unfed starter, it’s ready fast, and this recipe is very easy.

I know making crackers might seem a bit nuts, but I promise they come together very fast. The dough is easy to handle because you are rolling it out in-between sheets of parchment, and since you mix it by hand there aren’t too many dishes to deal with.

Give them a try! Not only will you happy you aren’t wasting any sourdough starter, but you’re actually making your own crackers. You should be proud.

These make a great snack to leave out when you are having friends over for drinks, or as a snack for you and your family that’s free of any unwanted ingredients.

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Tools and ingredients you’ll need:

cheddar cheese, discard sourdough, flour, and butter on concrete surface

Let’s make some crackers!

Mixing up the dough

grid of 4 images; mixing butter and flour, stirring in sourdough starter. adding cheese, and turning out dough onto counter

Okay! This is quick and easy, promise. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Begin by combining the butter and flour until the butter is broken up into bits. The best way to do this is the simply rub the butter and flour together. Then add the discard sourdough starter, and gently mix. Finally stir in the cheese. If you need too use your hands to get everything to come together into a ball, then go ahead.

Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper.

Rolling out the crackers and baking

grid of 4 images: rolling out dough, cutting into squares, adding salt, fully baked sourdough crackers

Place a second piece of parchment paper on top of the sourdough cracker dough and begin to roll it out. The thinner you can roll, the crispier they will be. I try to roll them until the cover the full piece of parchment paper.

Cut them into squares (or really any shape you’d like). You can poke a hole in the center which sometimes keeps them flatter.

Place them on two parchment-lined baking sheets, just using the same pieces of parchment that you used to roll the crackers out. They will not spread, so they can be placed pretty close together.

Make sure you sprinkle them with kosher salt before baking. Kosher salt sticks better and will add a lot of flavor.

Bake for 10-13 minutes until lightly browned around the edges.

They can cool right on the baking sheet, which won’t take long. They are tastiest when served right away, but they can be stored in an airtight container for a day or so once they are fully cooled.

close up view of sourdough cheddar crackers in glass jar

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Sourdough Cheddar Crackers with Discard

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Salty, crisp, sourdough cheddar crackers made with your discarded sourdough starter- a quick and easy recipe!
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:12 minutes
Total Time:22 minutes
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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup discard sourdough starter
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt for sprinkling


  • Preheat oven to 375 with two racks in, spaced relatively equally apart.
  • Combine the butter and flour in a medium mixing bowl.  Using your hands, rub the butter into the flour until it looks like sand.  Pour in the sourdough starter and gently mix.  Add the cheddar cheese and combine.  If necessary, use your hand to make sure the dough forms a ball.
  • Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper and top with a second piece of parchment.  Roll out as thin as you can using a rolling pin.  Cut into squares using a pastry wheel and place the squares on two parchment-lined baking sheets.  Sprinkle generously with kosher salt.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes, switching the baking sheets halfway.  The crackers should be crisp with slightly browned edges.  Allow to cool directly on the baking sheet.  Serve immediately, or let fully cool and transfer to airtight container and store for up to 2 days.


These are delicious served with any creamy dip or topped with sliced ham or turkey.
Try adding dried herbs to the dough before rolling out.


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 212IU | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sourdough cheddar crackers, sourdough cheese crackers, sourdough discard cracker recipe, sourdough discard recipe
Servings: 4 dozen crackers
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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65 thoughts on “Sourdough Cheddar Crackers with Discard”

  1. I added everything bagel seasoning instead of just salt… oh my word, so good! Easy recipe, comes together quickly, can be adapted for different flavors simply?! I’m sold!

  2. Can you run the dough through a pastry attachment on a kitchen-aid stand mixer? I found mine hard to roll out by hand.

  3. 5 stars
    I have made these 3 times as I am building my sourdough starter. We love them. I found sprinkling the salt before I cut them keeps more on the crackers. A dash of cayenne pepper in a batch with extra sharp cheddar was our favorite!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these per the recipe, they were gone in ten minutes.
    I tried to make them gluten free with almond flour, don’t waste your time. 😂
    From now on I am only following the recipe.
    Happy eating!

    • Yes, I learned they’re basically the same thing. Sourdough discard is active (or should be), it’s just called that because it’s either the stuff you pour out of the top, or what’s left after making a batch of something else. I thought the same thing!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these for the first time today. My 18 month old loves sourdough crackers. I found the dough difficult to combine together at first, but once rolled out, it held perfectly! I ended up using a fish shaped cookie cutter, because my son likes fish. These are super tasty and super easy to make. Thank you!


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