Sourdough Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sourdough Oatmeal Chocolate Chip CookiesI’ve always loved sourdough bread, but I had no idea how versatile a sourdough starter really is! A couple of years ago I took an online course about sourdough, and a whole new world opened up to me! Who knew you could do so much with it? Since then, I’ve made not only bread, biscuits, and pancakes, but also pie crust, cake, cookies, batter for frying onion rings, okra, and fish, and even donuts!

These cookies are based on the cookie recipe I learned in that course. I’ve tweaked the ingredients, adding oats for their chewy texture, and chopped nuts and chocolate chips or cacao nibs. They combine the health benefits of freshly-ground spelt, rolled oats, sourdough, and unrefined sweeteners to create a delicious treat you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in!

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Fresh-ground spelt, rolled oats, and a sourdough starter make for a delicious, chewy cookie!

This recipe require a two-step process. The night before (or 8-12 hours before you plan to bake them), the flour needs to be ground and mixed with the butter, oats, and sourdough starter and left to sour. Don’t worry – the cookies do not have a sour flavor like you would associate with sourdough bread! But, the souring process breaks down components in the spelt and oats, making them more nutritious and easier to digest.

The dough will be very thick after sitting overnight and hard to work with, but my mixer had no problem breaking it up!

The dough will be very thick after sitting overnight and hard to work with, but my mixer had no problem breaking it up!

Your hands and a wooden spoon are adequate, but I prefer to use my mixer to break up the thick dough after it’s been sitting all night. I fold the nuts and chocolate chips/cacao nibs in by hand with a wooden spoon after combining all the other ingredients. Walnuts are my preferred nut, but feel free to use whatever your family most enjoys! We’ve also found that we enjoy the flavor of the 100% pure cacao nibs in place of chocolate chips, and then we don’t have to worry about the soy, sugar, or any other added ingredients in them.

I love my baking stones and cookie scoop!

I love my baking stones and cookie scoop!

I always use my baking stones for cookies, but an ordinary cookie sheet and parchment paper will work great too!

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A batch of these cookies will yield about 6 dozen, depending on the size of your cookie scoop and the consistency of your dough.

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Sourdough Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups flour (spelt, whole wheat pastry, or hard white)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1⅓ cup sucanat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • chopped nuts to taste
  • chocolate chips or cacao nibs to taste
  1. Blend starter and butter in a medium mixing bowl. Add flour and oats and stir to incorporate, until you have a thick dough. I like to use spelt; soft white wheat (pastry flour) or hard white wheat will work well also. You may need more or less flour, depending on the type you use and the thickness of your starter. Cover and allow to sour for 8 to 12 hours (the longer it goes, the more distinct the sourdough flavor will be. At 8 hours, we hardly notice a tang).
  2. Preheat oven to 375. I use baking stones, so greasing isn't necessary, but if you're using ordinary cookie sheets, grease or use parchment paper.
  3. Mix eggs, sucanat, vanilla, sea salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Break up the soaked dough with a wooden spoon or your hands (it will be very firm), then pour egg mixture over it and mix well. Sprinkle baking soda over dough and incorporate, then add nuts and chocolate chips or cacao nibs.
  4. Drop by Tbsp full on cookie sheets, bake approximately 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Come visit me at Home With Purpose to read more about my sourdough adventures and much more!

Enjoy! 🙂

About Kara Haschke

Kara is a wife and home educating mom of four, ranging from preschool to high school. Her other job descriptions include home manager, nutritionist, financial planner, spiritual advisor, and event coordinator, among others. She blogs about her adventures and encourages others in all these roles at Home With Purpose, and would love to have you join the community there! 

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6 Responses to Sourdough Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Emma Howard says:

    Tastes great but mine looked nothing like yours – they did not spread at all and were quite ‘dry’. Any ideas why?

    • Hmmm. I know that every sourdough starter is unique and so they all yield slightly different results. What consistency is your sourdough? Pretty runny or thick? If it’s a thick starter, you could add a bit of water to the dough. The type of flour you use will also affect the dough. What did you use?

  2. Susan Parker says:

    I just made these and love them. My dough sat overnight and then life happened and I didn’t get around to baking them until the afternoon. The dough had a tang to it, but once baked, all the flavor so just came together nicely. I love any opportunity to add sourdough for the health benefits too! I didn’t have enough sucanat so went with half sucanat and half coconut crystals. Sweet enough for us.

  3. Mary says:

    If I were to use sugar instead of Sucanat, would the ratio be the same? Is sucanat a solid or liquid like honey?

    • Audrey says:

      Mary, Sucanat is used interchangeably with regular white sugar or brown sugar. It is a solid natural raw sugar that has been simply dehydrated. Sucanat stands for Sugar Cane Natural.

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