Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Rolls


Need something to make with your sourdough discard? Try these easy to make, delicious cinnamon rolls.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 20 mins
12 cinnamon rolls


  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • cup sourdough starter

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Cut the butter and flour for dough together. Add buttermilk, starter, and honey; mix until dough is tight. Cover and let rest for 8 hours, or overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter 2 round baking pans.

  3. Add baking powder, salt, and baking soda to the dough. Use your hands to incorporate.

  4. Generously flour a countertop so that the dough doesn't stick; generously flour the top of the dough for the same reason. Roll the dough into a 20x12-inch rectangle.

  5. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together. Spread 2 tablespoons melted butter over the dough, avoiding the edges. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the melted butter. Roll the dough into a log, starting from the bottom. Use a bench scraper or sharp knife to cut the log into 1 1/2-inch segments. Arrange in the prepared baking pans, leaving a little space between each one.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 35 to 40 minutes.

  7. While cinnamon rolls bake, mix confectioners' sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla extract for icing together in a bowl. Top the rolls with your icing right when they come out of the oven.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

279 Calories
11g Fat
43g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 279
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 268mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 92mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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