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Since I started growing my sourdough starter, I’ve had a lot of heart burn about throwing away the sourdough starter discard. While I love having the sourdough starter available for bread and pizza dough and other fun things, throwing away the discard just feels really wasteful. So I started researching and now instead of throwing it away, I’m making sourdough crackers from starter several times a week. And they’re delicious!

Butter Parmesan sourdough crackers


Making sourdough crackers easy

I’ve been working on this recipe for Butter Parmesan Sourdough Crackers after a bit of researching a few different methods. I didn’t want to feel like it was a huge chore. I make these a lot and don’t have a lot of extra time with the kids at home and the farm.

Also, I didn’t want to add more flour since I already feel like I’m going through so much of it. I use organic bread flour for my starter so when I have to pay $8 per bag of flour, each bit of it is precious.

You also don’t need to roll these out or need any fancy tools to make my Butter Parmesan Sourdough Crackers like you may have seen on other sourdough cracker recipes. I don’t have a pasta attachment for my mixer and if I did, I don’t think I would want to dirty it every day. The only things you do need for these sourdough crackers are a mixing bowl, a cookie sheet, a spatula and parchment paper.


Butter Parmesan sourdough crackers

Butter Parmesan sourdough crackers


When can I make sourdough crackers from starter?

This recipe will work with sourdough started starting around Day 5. You want to make sure it is at 100 percent hydration – meaning your starter has been fed with equal parts flour and water. You can read my Sourdough Starter Tips from a Newbie {HERE}.

I’ve made theses Butter Parmesan Sourdough Crackers and another version of them that I’m working on every other day or sometimes every day since Day 5. They’re so simple and they really make the perfect snack.

Butter Parmesan sourdough crackers

Butter Parmesan sourdough crackers


How long do they keep?

You can keep your Butter Parmesan Sourdough Crackers for about 4 days as long as you store them in an airtight container. I’ve found it’s best to keep them something like this and keep them in a cool, darker place like the pantry.

The Butter Parmesan Sourdough Crackers really make a wonderful snack, but I also think they’d be great for small gatherings too. Just place a bowl of them on the table and see how quickly they disappear. Kevin and I tend to munch on them throughout the day and they always seem to get eaten no matter how often I make them.


Get the full, printable for these delicious little bites of buttery goodness below. To see my process to make sourdough starter, click here. And to see my sourdough bread recipe, click here.


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5 from 15 votes

Butter Parmesan Sourdough Crackers

These Butter Parmesan Sourdough Crackers are a delicious snack for you and your family. And they're easy to make!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Resting time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butter Parmesan Sourdough Crackers, sourdough crackers, sourdough crackers from discard
Servings: 4
Author: Rachel Quenzer


  • Cookie sheet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Parchment paper
  • Spatula
  • Pan for melting butter or microwave and microwave safe dish


  • 1.5 cups sourdough starter discard
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • .5 - 1 tsp. coarse sea salt


  • Preheat your oven to 325
  • Remove 1.5 cups of sourdough discard from your sourdough starter and add to a separate bowl.
  • Melt butter and then let it cool for about 10- 15 minutes before adding it to the sourdough starter. You want to make sure it hasn't re-hardened but if it's too warm, your crackers will turn out like crisps (which are delicious in soups and salads) instead of crackers.
  • Once the butter is added add the table salt, parmesan and mix everything thoroughly. You want to make sure the butter is totally combined with the starter dough. You shouldn't be able to see any hint on it on the surface or on the sides.
  • Add parchment paper to a cookie sheet and then pour your mixture onto it. Use a spatula and spread out the cracker mixture. You want the dough about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  • Add them to the oven for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes remove them from the oven. Cut the cracker shapes with a pizza cutter or a pasta cutter. Or, you leave them whole and just break them later.
  • Add your sea salt by sprinkling it over the crackers.
  • Put them back int he oven for another 30 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool. Keep in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Butter Parmesan sourdough crackers

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  1. Johanna van Breda

    Nice recipe.

    They are called sourdough butter Parmesan crackers. But where’s the Parmesan in the recipe? The only place it seems to be is in the name.

    • Rachel Quenzer

      Sorry Johanna. It’s there now. I was writing too fast!

      • Johanna

        I made them and they are delicious.
        I just had to put them in the oven a little longer. But my oven is extremely unreliable. They turned out great. I’m happy to have found something simple to do with my discard.

        • Rachel Quenzer

          I did have to play with my oven times a bit since they’re all different, but I’m glad it worked out for you!

  2. Terri

    Are they cooked for a total of one hour or is the second 30 minutes on recipe a mistake?
    Thanks….they look delicious.

    • Rachel Quenzer

      Hi Terri, Sorry! I was moving too fast as I wrote this recipe. It is a total of 1 hour. 30 minutes before you cut them and then 30 minutes after.

    • Milaya

      I would love to try some of these with tomato soup

  3. Rog Willis

    5 stars
    I have a friend who’s been into all things sourdough. I’ll pass this along to him. These are a perfect snack!

    • Rachel Quenzer

      They’re delicious with soup!

  4. Marlynn

    5 stars
    These are fantastic homemade crackers!! So many people are making sourdough right now — I know they’d love this, so I’ll pass it along!

  5. Lisa Joy Thompson

    I love making homemade crackers. They’re so much better than store-bought crackers. I’ve never had any sourdough crackers.

  6. Jazmin

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try later!

  7. Stephanie Stebbins

    5 stars
    These look and sound so delicious! I’m definitely going to give it a try. Thank you for this recipe!

  8. Lynn

    Mmmm. The perfect snack! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. Vanessa

    wow I have to make these ! I know my toddler and husband would love them! Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Yana

    These look so good. Thanks for such a great recipe. Will have to try to make it soon.

  11. Fatima Torres

    5 stars
    These crackers look delicious. I love baking with the kids.

  12. Helen Little

    Will need to try these – they look so good! My family loves crackers.

  13. Sherry

    I read sourdough discard and I was lost. lol I definitely need to read your Sourdough Starter Tips for Newbies. I would love to try making these crackers.

  14. Catalina

    5 stars
    These sourdough crackers look amazing! I love their texture! Must make them!

    • Catalina

      5 stars
      I’ve made them and they are so delicious! Everyone loved these crackers!

      • Rachel Quenzer

        Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  15. Toni

    5 stars
    I really love how easy this is to make!! So good!

  16. Harmony, Momma To Go

    5 stars
    I dont get the sourdough obsession – Im not even sure I know what sourdough is! Can you make these with regular dough?

    • Rachel Quenzer

      That’s a great question. I think if you made them with regular dough there might be more of a full recipe process involved since the dough would more than likely need yeast.

  17. Cyndi Buchanan

    Oh man! These look so light and delicious!

  18. Louise

    Can you believe I’ve never had sourdough crackers before!? They look absolutely divine, though. I may have to have a go at making some while we’re in lockdown though 🙂

    Louise x

  19. Natalie

    5 stars
    These crackers sound like great snack. I need to get into sourdough starter making game asap. So many great recipes are now around and I feel like I’m missing a lot.

  20. Marysa

    I have never made crackers before. This sounds delicious. I will have to try making these while we are stuck at home.

  21. Jasmine Hewitt

    these look really good, i’ll have to try to make some

  22. Roshini

    Looks real yum . Would be really delicious to eat with a soup .

  23. melissa Chapman

    5 stars
    Those crackers look so good and making them home made is so awesome. I know if I ever made something that good my family would be so happy.

  24. Jen

    I didn’t even know you could do this, but they look so good! I love any kind of buttery cracker, so these are right up my alley.

  25. Theresa

    5 stars
    I haven’t done a sour done started because it seemed like such a waste to keep discarding half the batch every day. I love that you came up with a scrumptious recipe to help curb the waste!

  26. Terri Steffes

    I love making crackers but I end up eating the whole batch all at once. 🙂

  27. Amber Myers

    I am going to try these for sure. I just love all things sourdough!

  28. adriana

    5 stars
    wow this crackers are the bomb I need to make some have never tried to make this type of cookies before wish me luck

  29. Heather

    I was just going to make cheese crackers for the kids. I’ll try yours too!

  30. Lynndee

    I’ve had sourdough bread before, but I’ve never had sourdough crackers. I must try this. Looks yummy!

    • Pinja

      Oh these sound delicious! I bet they taste great with soup of any kind too!

  31. Liz

    I’ve never made crackers before, but these sound delicious! I’ll have to try.

  32. Talya

    I’ve been thinking about getting into making sourdough so this would be a nice thing to experiment with also!

  33. Janelle M

    oh WOW, I can honestly say I’ve never heard of sourdough crackers before. My hubby is the cook of our house and he loves to bake. I will definitely have him try this because i want to try it teehehe. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  34. Jessica Formicola

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for something new and yummy to snack on, and these crackers look perfect!

  35. Gervin Khan

    5 stars
    Wow! These looks so yummy and delicious. Great recipe and the ingredients can easily be found. This is definitely a hit to our kids and a kid’s at heart.

  36. Agnes

    This looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe, will try to make one.

  37. 5 stars
    It’s my first time to hear about Butter Parmesan Sourdough crackers. Would be nice to try this during lockdown

  38. Cathy Brockmueller

    Can I use my mixer with the bread hook to mix the dough?

    • Cathy

      Never mind I didn’t realize the dough was so easy to mix!

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