Sourdough Cheddar Crackers with Discard

A delicious way to use your discarded sourdough starter, this recipe for sourdough cheddar crackers is ready in under thirty minutes. The perfect salty snack to serve with cocktails. They taste just like Cheez-its!

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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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Serving Size 4 dozen crackers


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup discard sourdough starter
  • ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt for sprinkling


  • Prep. Preheat oven to 375 with two racks in, spaced relatively equally apart.
  • Make the dough. 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 hands to make sure the dough forms a ball.
    mixing bowl with dough for sourdough crackers.
  • Roll out dough. 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 out into squares. Cut into squares using a pastry wheel and place the squares on two parchment-lined baking sheets.  Sprinkle generously with kosher salt.
  • Bake. 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.
    baked square crackers.


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.
You really want sharp cheddar for the best flavor. 
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

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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  1. These are great! I made them with sharp white cheddar. Didn’t have quite enough, so I filled in with a little grated Parmesan and they came out very cheesy. I will be making these again.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these many times. Our favorite is to add little extra cheese, then add some chopped candied jalapeños (aka cowboy candy). Our friends and family love them!

  3. 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!

  4. 5 stars
    Super easy recipe and they taste great. I’m new at sour dough baking and this is definitely a keeper.

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

    1. Me too, the dough did not hold together at all so I added half a stick of melted butter and it was a nice smooth ball, perfect to roll out! Next time using melted butter right from the start. Delish flavor! Robin in NC 2023

      1. Thanks for mentioning this on the reviews. I had a hard time also and I had a little more sourdough discard. Maybe I will use butter next time.

    2. I’m new to sourdough, does Sourdough starter discard mean cold from the fridge or an active starter that I need to discard to feed?

    1. 5 stars
      Just smoked a batch of Colby jack myself with pecan wood and let the cheese reharden before shredding. It adds a great taste.

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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!

  8. 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!