Buttery sourdough crackers

Buttery Sourdough Discard Crackers Recipe

Buttery Sourdough Crackers - These are so flaky and addictive! What a great way to use up extra sourdough starter!

Perhaps it’s just my kids, but I can’t keep snacks in the house. Especially not Buttery Sourdough Discard Crackers.

It is seriously crazy, but I bring little snacks in here and by the time I go to dole them out, they’re gone already. If I bought them from the store, I’d go broke in a month. If I made my own, that’s all I’d ever get done doing.

But every now and then, I’ll indulge them and make crackers for a treat. But the experience only reinforces why I’m anti-snacks.

Buttery Sourdough Crackers - These are so flaky and addictive! What a great way to use up extra sourdough starter!

Let’s take this batch of Buttery Sourdough Crackers for example.

I somehow managed to distract 80% of my kids long enough to sneak some crackers out of the oven, throw together a quick stack for a photo, fire off a shot or two before the fingers began to descend.

She just wanted to help me stack them. Honest.

One cracker spent a few too many seconds in direct contact with her finger flesh and was doomed to gradually slip up into her mouth.

I knew I was done for. I double checked my aperture, adjusted my exposure, gave the filter a quick polish, held my breath to get a good focus and let the shutter fly. My time was up. The word was soon out and the vultures descended.

“Chloe had a cracker, why can’t I?”

The batch was gone before I had a chance to clean up.

And that, my friends, is why you don’t see me messing with crackers. But, boy, are they sure tasty when I do!

Flaky, crispy, and buttery sourdough crackers. As much as I’d like to throw in that they were made with whole grain, I didn’t care for them baked that way. I think they tasted like burnt cheese. Now if you like burnt cheese in your cracker, by all means, boost the fiber. I backed the whole wheat off until I thought they were lighter and the buttery flavor was able to come through.

Normally, I feed my sourdough starter whole wheat (I think it’s happier that way), but the day before I bake crackers, I’ll go half and half with the white & wheat flours. I heartily recommend experimenting with your ratios (or even flour types) to make this recipe your own to meet your preferences and needs!

There is a smidgen of lard in my recipe. We have plenty on hand and I think it contributes to the flakiness, but if you don’t have any lard you can use butter instead. No big deal.

I know it seems like a lot of steps, but really, it’s not too bad, they roll out easily, don’t stick to the counter like some do. There are about 5 minutes into the active time before the resting period and 20 into the rolling, cutting, and buttering. With no preservatives or artificial flavors, it’s totally worth it!

Buttery Sourdough Discard Crackers - These are so flaky and addictive! What a great way to use up extra sourdough starter!

Buttery Sourdough Discard Crackers Recipe

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Buttery sourdough crackers

Buttery Sourdough Crackers

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  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sourdough starter discard (preferably fed at least once with ½ white flour & ½ wheat flour at the last feeding)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon lard, (or butter)
  • ¼ cup of butter, melted
  • sea salt


  1. Day Before: Feed your sourdough starter with half white flour & half wheat flour.
  2. In a bowl measure out the unbleached flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and give them a whisk to combine them together.
  3. Cut the butter into small pats and add the butter and the lard into the flour and using your fingertips, work the flour and butter together until it’s crumbly.
  4. Measure out the sourdough starter discard and stir it into the flour mixture. It should be on the dry side and you’ll probably need to turn it out and knead it for a minute or two to incorporate it all together.
  5. Place the dough ball back in the bowl and cover it with a cloth for a few hours. (Longer=more sour.)
  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Melt the butter.
  8. Divide the dough into 2 balls and work them separately as follows.
  9. On a lightly floured counter, roll one out to about the thickness of a dime.
  10. Brush the dough with the melted butter.
  11. Fold one edge of the dough to the center and then fold the opposite edge all the way over. (In thirds, like you would a letter.) Fold the “letter” in half.
  12. Roll it out again to the same thickness, brush with more butter, fold again the same way, and roll it out again a final time.
  13. Either use a pizza cutter or knife to cut squares or use a small, 1 1/2″ biscuit cutter to cut rounds (don’t twist to cut.)
  14. Transfer the crackers to a baking sheet, poke them a time or two with the tines of a fork, brush them with butter, and sprinkle with a bit of salt to taste.
  15. Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes until the bottom and very edges are lightly golden brown.
  16. Transfer them to a cooling rack and wait at least 3 minutes to sample so you don’t burn your taste buds, but I don’t think you’ll make it much longer than that.
  • Author: Reformation Acres

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  1. Wonderful recipe! They taste even better than store bought to me. This is the third recipe I’ve tried now and was exactly what I’m looking for. I need crackers immediately after waking up lately, while I’m in that first trimester. So I am thrilled to finally have a delicious, perfectly cracker-y treat that is also healthy for me and baby! plus my toddler eats a crazy amount of crackers and I’ve been wanting something healthier than store bought for his sake too. So thanks tremendously!

    1. So glad it is what you needed and you love the recipe! Congrats also on another little one.

  2. Hello, these turned out nicely my first try! I’ve made a number of other discard cracker recipes that were just awful; tossed them to the neighbor raccoons. These were good and will improve with practice. I plan to tweak with flavors for adults, but definitely a keeper recipe! Thank you for posting!

  3. Ours lasted a little longer than 3 minutes, but I made a double batch! Even our picky eater kept asking for more! Thank you so much for the recipe! God bless you and your family!

  4. Do you have any idea if palm shortening would work in place of the butter/lard? By the way, I absolutely love your sourdough sandwich bread recipe! Just what I was looking for.

    1. It depends on the size of the crackers you cut, so let’s put it this way… I bake 3 cookie sheet’s worth. They’re almost touching, but not quite.

  5. I love the print on the recipe. Love your page so much. Calm, beautiful and informative.

    1. Me too! Can you imagine printing the whole page with it?!! I’d be costing you a fortune in ink 😉 Thank you so much for the complement! Blessings to you!