Indulge in the ultimate sweet treat with these irresistibly delicious fudgy sourdough brownies. With their rich chocolate flavor, fudgy center, and delectable frosting, they are sure to satisfy your chocolate craving–whether it’s once a week or every night. What sets these fudgy sourdough brownies apart is the addition of sourdough discard, giving them a unique twist and enhancing their texture. Once chilled, these brownies reach a whole new level of goodness–I keep a stash of them in my freezer for when the craving hits. Don’t wait any longer – make a batch of these incredible brownies and experience pure dessert bliss.
Ingredients in Fudgy Sourdough Brownies
Chocolate: Use a good quality chocolate bar or good quality chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are a little less stable, but I’ve found semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips to work well in this recipe.
Unsalted Butter: I always bake with unsalted butter. It allows me to control the flavor in my baked goods — there is no standard for the amount of salt in salted butter, so you cannot predict how much salt has been added.
Sugar: A combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar brings the perfect balance of sweetness and chewiness to the brownies.
Sourdough Discard: You can use fresh, bubbly sourdough starter if you want. If you don’t mind a more pronounced sourdough flavor, you can use refrigerated discard from up to a week or two old. I always use 100% hydration sourdough discard.
Eggs: Mixing eggs with the sugar turns the batter light and fluffy, forming the base of these delicious brownies.
Flour: I use all purpose flour in this recipe for best results.
Start with a Rich Chocolate Base
Fudgy sourdough brownies start with a rich chocolate base. Microwave together butter, chocolate and cocoa powder in a liquid measuring cup until melty – microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between to keep the chocolate from getting too hot. Use a spoon to combine into a rich/thick liquid and then set aside to cool.
A note on the chocolate: I recommend a good quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate. Milk chocolate doesn’t translate as well in these brownies. I’ve found that most brands of chocolate chips work in this recipe or grab your favorite 8oz chocolate bar to melt up. Also important is the cocoa powder. Definitely use a dark or dutched cocoa powder for best results. The intense chocolate flavor of these brownies comes from this chocolate base, so don’t skimp here–use good quality ingredients for best results.
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Mixing Together the Fudgy Sourdough Brownie Base
Combining the eggs with the sugar is where the magic in the texture of these brownies starts. Add the sugar and eggs to a bowl and mix with a handheld mixer for a couple of minutes until the brownie batter turns light and fluffy. Then add the vanilla extract and sourdough discard. Mix until combined. Mix in the cooled chocolate mixture and use the hand mixer to combine.
Adding the Dry Ingredients
To a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Fluff with a fork and add to the top of the brownie mixture. Using a spatula, combine until no dry streaks remain. If you don’t want to use a separate bowl (I don’t always), add the flour on top of the brownie mixture. Pour the salt and baking powder right on top of the flour and gently fluff. Then combine with a spatula.
Lining the Pan with Parchment Paper
I always line my pan with parchment paper for brownies. It makes cleanup so much easier and it’s the easiest way to get beautiful brownie edges that don’t fall apart. These fudgy sourdough brownies are also super rich, so they definitely benefit from parchment paper lining the pan. Take your 8 by 8 metal pan and cut the corners out of parchment paper to fit the pan. Spread the brownie mixture into the parchment-lined pan.
These are thick brownies. They need about 50 minutes to bake completely, and even then the middle will be fudgy and gooey. If you want an even gooey-er brownie, it can bake for about 45 minutes or, for a firmer brownie give it 55-60 minutes. Every oven bakes a little bit differently, but the brownies should puff up and the middle should not sink back down once they are completely baked through. Let these fudgy sourdough brownies cool completely before slicing into them so they can set up.
To Frost or Not to Frost?
I am team: ALWAYS FROST! I’m not going to turn down a brownie any day, but if I have the option to frost it, I’m going to! This is a super simple frosting and is definitely worth it. It requires little effort: Whisk together melted butter, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. That’s it! Melt the butter. Add the ingredients and use a whisk to whisk together. Spread over mostly-cooled brownies, and enjoy the most delicious brownies ever.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I store leftover sourdough brownies?
I love freezing these brownies–and I eat them frozen or chilled straight from the freezer. If you don’t like a cold brownie, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes and enjoy. These are seriously so good no matter how you enjoy them…and kind of dangerous too!
I want to add nuts to my brownies. Can I add them to these?
Yes. Add them into the final mixed brownie batter if you want them in the brownies. Sprinkle them on top of the frosting if you are looking for a nutty crunch on top.
Can I substitute regular cocoa powder instead of dutched cocoa powder?
You can, but the flavor won’t be quite as deep/rich. If you can, I definitely recommend using a dutch process cocoa powder.
Rich and Fudgy Sourdough Brownies
Sourdough Discard Brownies
- 227 grams chocolate see recipe notes, about 8 oz
- 113 grams unsalted butter about 8 Tablespoons
- 35 grams cocoa powder see recipe notes, about 1/3 cup
- 140 grams brown sugar about 2/3 cup
- 150 grams granulated sugar about 2/3 cup
- 2 large eggs about 100 grams
- 120 grams sourdough discard, 100% hydration see recipe notes, about 1/2 cup
- 6 grams vanilla extract about 2 teaspoons
- 150 grams all purpose flour about 1 cup
- 2 grams baking powder about 1/2 teaspoon
- 4 grams salt about 1/2 teaspoon
- 55 grams unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup
- 25 grams cocoa powder see recipe notes, 1/4 cup
- 3 grams vanilla extract about 1 teaspoon
- 30 grams milk about 2 Tablespoons
- 110 grams powdered sugar about 1 cup
Sourdough Discard Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- To a small bowl, add the brown sugar, white sugar and eggs. Using a hand mixer, mix the sugar and eggs together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and the sourdough discard and mix for a minute or two until completely combined.
- Add the chocolate mixture to the sugar/egg mixture and mix again until completely mixed.
- To a small bowl add the flour, baking powder and salt and fluff together with a fork. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and use a wooden spoon to combine completely.
- While the brownies cool, prepare the frosting. Mix together melted butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, milk and powdered sugar until smooth. Spread on the lukewarm or cooled brownies. Enjoy!