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Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls

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Ever since I made my Sourdough starter, I have been having SO much fun making discard recipes, like these Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls.

If you have a lot of discard left over, you can make fun recipes like Sourdough Discard Flatbread, Sourdough Discard Dinner Rolls, and more.

During the course of 2023, I am planning on teaching myself to do something new every month. During January, I made it a goal to learn how to make sourdough bread. It is a favorite of mine and my family. Now, I have it down pat and I am making ALL things sourdough!

The best thing about these fluffy sourdough cinnamon rolls is that there is no rise time, you can eat them right away or the next day. Plus, they’re effortless to make.

How to Make Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is one of my favorites because of the fact that there is no rise time. Once you roll out the dough and slice it, you can bake it right away.

Once they come out of the oven, simply drizzle on the icing for the most fantastic bite of deliciousness you will taste.

When placing your rolls in the pan, be sure to place them close together. This will allow the rolls to bake up instead of spreading.

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Yield: 15 servings

Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls

Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls

Do you have a sourdough starter that you're not sure what to do with? These Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls turn out light fluffy and delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


For the dough

  • 8 tablespoons butter cold
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sourdough starter discard
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

For the Filling

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted

For the Glaze

  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk


    1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl, add your flour. Cut your butter into pats and add to your flour. Using your hands, or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the dough. Crumbles should resemble pea size.
    3. Now add in the sourdough starter, milk, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well.
    4. Lightly flour a flat surface and add your dough mixture. Roll your dough into a 12 x 22 inches rectangle.
    5. To make the filling -- Melt your butter in a small bowl. Brush it over the entire rectangle. Leave a small space around the edge.
    6. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the butter.
    7. Roll your dough toward your long ways. Pinch the ends together.
    8. Cut your cinnamon rolls into 12 pieces. I suggest using a sharp knife. Cut in the middle to create two pieces, then cut again to create four pieces, etc. until you have 12!
    9. Place each piece of your cinnamon roll in your skillet with the swirl showing top to bottom.
    10. Bake your cinnamon rolls for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly brown.
    11. While your cinnamon rolls are baking, mix together all of the ingredients for your glaze. Set aside.
    12. Once your cinnamon rolls are done remove them from the oven. Pour the glaze evenly over the cinnamon rolls. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 271mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g

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Katrina Hodges

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

I made these and they turned out amazing. The dough turned out perfect. But I couldnt roll them out to 22" like the recipe called for or they would have been paper thin. And I prefer mine a bit thicker. But i was able to roll out to approx 15" and get 8 rolls. Which fit perfect in my cast iron skillet. I also drizzled about 2 tbsp of corn syrup on the filling because I like the gooey ness it gives the rolls. And They rose perfectly. I wish I could share a picture. I love this recipe for how fast it is to make them and how good they taste. I am definitely adding this to my favorites. Thank you! 😊❤

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 22nd of September 2023

They are a favorite here too! The thick and thinness of the dough I think is everyone's own preference and that is totally ok!


Saturday 16th of September 2023

I have made these twice in the last week because they are so GOOD!! Fluffy and flakey and the taste is soooooo delicious. I ended up only making 8 instead of 12 and I cooked them for 30 minutes instead of 35-40. Perfect texture and taste. 10/10 recommend!

Jennifer Sikora

Sunday 17th of September 2023

So happy to hear you like them. They are my favorite. I don't ever fix cinnamon rolls any other way anymore!


Saturday 2nd of September 2023

Cinnamon rolls are intimidating! I’ve been working on a starter and quite frankly I love using the discard more, I don’t even care about the actual starter really lol Let me tell you I’ve tried a lot of cinnamon roll recipes and this one was so easy and didn’t leave me too frazzled! The dough was definitely stickier but I just added flour when I was rolling it up to get it off the counter. I was able to fit all the rolls in my cast iron. Baked for exactly 35 min and they came out beautifully and were cooked to perfection. This will be a family favorite!

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 2nd of September 2023

I agree! I have really been enjoying the discard SO much. I make so many delicious recipes with it.


Monday 7th of August 2023

I’ve made this recipe multiple times now and the cinnamon buns always turn out perfectly! It is now a staple in our household for special occasions.

Thank you!

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 12th of August 2023

So glad to hear you like it!


Thursday 3rd of August 2023

I tried these the other day. I had to add a little more flour to the mix, but they came out great. Everyone loved them.

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 5th of August 2023

That's because these are sourdough cinnamon rolls. The dough is always sticker than regular dough. Glad you liked them!

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