Sourdough Brownies – Sugar Spun Run

Sourdough brownies are excellent 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 we now have some powerful contenders together with my reigning champion brownies from scratch or my nutella brownies, however these take the cake (brownie?).

In fact the truth that they’re fudgy and SUPER chocolatey helps, however the complexity from the sourdough provides such… fascinating and great taste undertones. It’s a refined style–by no means bitter–however you’ll choose up on it, and it’s divine! It’s additionally a beautiful manner 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. In contrast to my small batch brownies, you will want two bowls right here, nevertheless it’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 sorts 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 for those who omit chocolate chips — don’t do this although). I informed you this recipe was easy! Listed here are a number of value noting earlier than we begin:

Overhead view of ingredients including a chocolate bar, cocoa powder, sourdough discard, and more.
  • Chocolate bar. You should 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 may assist bloom the cocoa and intensify its taste!). Chocolate chips would work as an alternative in a pinch, however I desire 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 possibly can’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 finest in case your eggs are at room temperature; this may enable them to include extra simply and allow you to create these crackly brownie tops. Should you neglect to set yours out forward of time, you should 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 desires 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 summary of the substances I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

Tips on how to 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 wish to warmth it for too lengthy without delay or it may seize, which means that you must begin over.
  2. Instantly stir within the cocoa powder till properly integrated. Including the cocoa powder to the nice and cozy chocolate and butter helps bloom it, creating 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 blended in.

No Mixer? No drawback. Simply use a whisk to vigorously whisk the eggs and sugar collectively by hand till properly mixed. Even for those who don’t combine as a lot as I do, you’ll nonetheless have great, 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 properly. I normally 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 easy.
  3. Fold within the chocolate chips, for those who determine to make use of them.
  4. Unfold the batter right into a parchment lined pan and bake for half-hour at 350F. Let cool fully earlier than slicing.

SAM’S TIP: When checking your sourdough brownies for doneness with a toothpick, be sure to don’t by chance hit a chocolate chip. Should 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.

Ceaselessly 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! To date I’ve shared recipes for sourdough discard crackers, pancakes, and chocolate chip cookies (my new favourite cookies!). I’m nonetheless arising with extra recipes, so if there’s one thing particular you’d wish to see, let me know within the feedback!

Can I make sourdough brownies with pure cocoa powder?

You would, however I discover that Dutch course of cocoa is finest for this recipe. It gives probably 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 obtained 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 🙃

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video beneath! Should you do that recipe, make sure you 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 excellent 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

Prepare dinner Time: 30 minutes

Whole 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 properly in between, till butter and chocolate are melted and combination is easy (alternatively chances are you’ll 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 properly.

    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 giant eggs

  • Add sourdough discard and vanilla extract and stir properly.

    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 fully 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 slicing and serving.


Cocoa powder

Might substitute pure cocoa powder, however Dutch course of works finest with this recipe for finest 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 relies on third-party calculations and needs to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will range based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.