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Sourdough Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My husband's family has been passing down sourdough recipes for over 100 years. They brought them from Europe and added some American jazz over the years. Our family always has these sourdough chocolate chip cookies at Christmastime. —Lisa Raymond, St. Joseph, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups Sourdough Starter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add starter and vanilla; mix well. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and, if desired, pecans.
  • Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Press lightly on each cookie to flatten. Bake until set but still soft, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes. Serve warm or remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Freeze option: Freeze cookies in freezer containers, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, thaw before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 122 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Katherine
    Sep 6, 2020

    I substituted 1 cup of protein powder for some of the flour and they gotgreat reviews from EVERYONE who tasted them. Added walnuts and golden raisins too. Have made them at least 8 times. Making another batch todau

  • Barbara
    Jul 2, 2020

    The cookies are tasteless. There are no eggs in the batter. They are similar to a health bar. Will not make again.

  • Farah
    May 21, 2020

    I'm always looking for a recipe that uses up a good amount of discard and I cannot believe that this one uses 2 cups! I was really skeptical when putting them together, plus, the recipe forgot to put salt on the ingredients list , so I added one teaspoon- Other than that I stuck to the recipe and it turned out great! I used some older discard that was quite sour and The taste did not come through at all in the cookies. I was pleasantly surprised!