Sourdough Brownies – Sugar Spun Run

Sourdough brownies are good for utilizing up sourdough discard! They’re fudgy, tremendous chocolatey, and have attractive crackly tops. Solely 10 substances and 12 minutes to prep! Recipe features a how-to video.

Three fudgy sourdough brownies stacked on top of each other.

Sourdough Discard Brownies

Decadently wealthy and fudgy with shiny, shiny, and oh-so-slightly-crackly surfaces, these sourdough brownies are my new favourite brownies. I do know now we have some robust contenders together with my reigning champion brownies from scratch or my nutella brownies, however these take the cake (brownie?).

After all the truth that they’re fudgy and SUPER chocolatey helps, however the complexity from the sourdough provides such… attention-grabbing and fantastic taste undertones. It’s a refined style–under no circumstances bitter–however you’ll decide up on it, and it’s divine! It’s additionally an exquisite approach to make use of up extra sourdough starter you’d in any other case toss, so win-win.

This recipe is extremely easy. It makes use of solely 10 substances and takes lower than quarter-hour to organize earlier than baking. Not like my small batch brownies, you’ll need two bowls right here, but it surely’s value the additional dish. We’ll use that second bowl to whip the eggs and sugar collectively to get these good, shiny brownie tops 😍.

Rows of perfectly square brownies on a white surface.

Why strive my recipe:

  • Flavorful: utilizing 3 forms of chocolate, a wholesome splash of vanilla, and sourdough means these brownies have unbelievable taste.
  • Quick: prepared in lower than 45 minutes!
  • Reduces meals waste: repurposes that discard as an alternative of tossing it.

What You Want

Take a look at that, solely 10 substances (9 in the event you omit chocolate chips — don’t try this although). I advised you this recipe was easy! Listed below are a couple of value noting earlier than we begin:

Overhead view of ingredients including a chocolate bar, cocoa powder, sourdough discard, and more.
  • Chocolate bar. You need to use both a semisweet chocolate or 60% cacao chocolate bar on this recipe. We’ll chop this up and soften it with the butter to get it good and heat for our cocoa powder (this can assist bloom the cocoa and intensify its taste!). Chocolate chips would work as an alternative in a pinch, however I want the outcomes with a baking bar right here.
  • Cocoa powder. I like utilizing Dutch course of cocoa on this recipe, however pure will work too. Keep in mind, you’ll be able to’t at all times substitute pure cocoa for Dutch course of, however on this recipe it’s protected to do.
  • Sourdough discard. Have some discard leftover from feeding out of your sourdough starter? Excellent! My recipe makes use of the discard as an alternative of simply discarding it.
  • Eggs. It’s greatest in case your eggs are at room temperature; this can permit them to include extra simply and make it easier to create these crackly brownie tops. In case you overlook to set yours out forward of time, you need to use my trick for bringing eggs to room temperature shortly.
  • Chocolate chips. You may at all times make your sourdough brownies with out chocolate chips, however I don’t see the hurt in including only a little extra chocolate 😉

SAM’S TIP: Vigorously whisking the eggs and sugar creates these shiny, crackly, meringue-esque tops that everybody goals about (or is that simply me?!). It additionally helps give the brownies a little bit of carry and retains them from being too dense.

Keep in mind, that is simply an outline of the substances I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the publish!

How you can Make Sourdough Brownies

Collage of four photos showing chocolate being melted and eggs being whipped with sugar.
  1. Soften collectively the chopped chocolate and butter in 25-second intervals within the microwave. Anytime you’re melting chocolate, you don’t need to warmth it for too lengthy without delay or it may seize, that means you’ll want to begin over.
  2. Instantly stir within the cocoa powder till effectively integrated. Including the cocoa powder to the nice and cozy chocolate and butter helps bloom it, growing the chocolate taste.
  3. Add the eggs and sugar to a separate bowl and whisk vigorously for about 2-3 minutes, till lightened and elevated in quantity.
  4. Add the sourdough discard and vanilla to the egg combination and stir till combined in.

No Mixer? No downside. Simply use a whisk to vigorously whisk the eggs and sugar collectively by hand till effectively mixed. Even in the event you don’t combine as a lot as I do, you’ll nonetheless have fantastic, tasty sourdough brownies.

Collage of four photos showing melted chocolate being poured into batter and being combined before baking.
  1. Drizzle within the chocolate combination and stir effectively. I often use a spatula for this step and don’t use my electrical mixer anymore.
  2. Stir within the flour and salt till the batter is cohesive and clean.
  3. Fold within the chocolate chips, in the event you resolve to make use of them.
  4. Unfold the batter right into a parchment lined pan and bake for half-hour at 350F. Let cool utterly earlier than reducing.

SAM’S TIP: When checking your sourdough brownies for doneness with a toothpick, ensure you don’t by chance hit a chocolate chip. In case you do, the toothpick will come out chocolatey and could be mistaken for moist/uncooked batter.

Overhead view of a batch of sourdough brownies just after cutting.

Continuously Requested Questions

Can I make sourdough brownies with out chocolate chips?

Sure! These sourdough brownies will nonetheless be tasty with out the chocolate chips. Merely depart them out; no different adjustments wanted.

What else can I make with sourdough discard?

LOTS of issues! Up to now I’ve shared recipes for sourdough discard crackers, pancakes, and chocolate chip cookies (my new favourite cookies!). I’m nonetheless developing with extra recipes, so if there’s one thing particular you’d prefer to see, let me know within the feedback!

Can I make sourdough brownies with pure cocoa powder?

You could possibly, however I discover that Dutch course of cocoa is greatest for this recipe. It offers essentially the most chocolatey taste and provides a depth that pairs properly with the sourdough.

Fudgy chocolate brownies stacked on top of each other.

I’ve bought one other sourdough discard recipe coming quickly…are you able to guess what it’s? Trace: you’ll want some very ripe bananas to make it 🙃

Take pleasure in!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! In case you do that recipe, you should definitely tag me on Instagram, and you may also discover me on YouTube and Facebook

Three fudgy sourdough brownies stacked on top of each other.

Sourdough Brownies

These sourdough brownies are good for utilizing up sourdough discard! They’re fudgy, tremendous chocolatey, and have attractive crackly tops. Solely 10 substances and 12 minutes to prep! Recipe features a how-to video.


Course: bars, brownies, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 30 minutes

Complete Time: 42 minutes

Servings: 16 servings

Energy: 266kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and organize a rack to the middle of the oven. Line a 9×9” sq. baking pan with parchment paper. Put aside.

  • Mix butter and chopped chocolate in a big microwave-safe mixing bowl and warmth within the microwave in 25-second intervals, stirring effectively in between, till butter and chocolate are melted and combination is clean (alternatively you might soften on the stovetop over a double boiler).

    10 Tablespoons (141 g) unsalted butter, 4 oz (113 g) 60% or semisweet chocolate bar

  • Instantly add cocoa powder and stir effectively.

    ½ cup (50 g) Dutch course of cocoa powder

  • In a separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs. Use a whisk to beat vigorously for about 2-3 minutes (or use an electrical mixer on excessive pace for 1 minute).

    1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar, 2 massive eggs

  • Add sourdough discard and vanilla extract and stir effectively.

    ½ cup (110 g) sourdough discard, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Drizzle melted chocolate combination into egg combination and stir till well-combined.

  • Add flour and salt and stir till utterly mixed and batter is uniform.

    ⅔ cup (83 g) all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt

  • Stir in chocolate chips, if utilizing.

    ¾ cup (130 g) semisweet chocolate chips

  • Unfold evenly into ready baking sheet and bake in heart rack of oven for half-hour or till a toothpick inserted within the heart comes out with moist fudgy crumbs (or clear).

  • Enable brownies to chill in pan earlier than reducing and serving.


Cocoa powder

Could substitute pure cocoa powder, however Dutch course of works greatest with this recipe for greatest taste.


Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 5 days.


Serving: 1serving | Energy: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fats: 14g | Saturated Fats: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 1g | Monounsaturated Fats: 4g | Trans Fats: 0.3g | Ldl cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg

Dietary data is predicated on third-party calculations and needs to be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.