I first heard of Levain Bakery from the glorious food blog that is Picky Palate. On her recent trip to New York City, Jenny (of Picky Palate) said–of all the places she could choose to go in that fine city–she hoped to be headed to Levain Bakery for chocolate chip cookies.
Well, yum.

I’d never heard of Levain, but I trust Jenny’s knowledge of food. I did me some investigating (read: Googling) and discovered the phenomenon that is Levain. It seems they open their NYC store to a line of anxious customers each morning, sell their half-pounder beauties easily for $4 or so, AND they recently won a throwdown for the finest chocolate chip cookies. The finest. Now, that is saying something.

Ever more intrigued, I did some research. They don’t share their recipes. But a lot of people have tried to duplicate them. Known for their pure ingredients, high-in-the-sky shape, crisp cookie exterior, and gooey-chocolate centers, it’s no easy task trying to recreate these gems.

But, I had to try.

I think I might just have it. A misfortune in the kitchen last week became this weeks secret, works-like-magic ingredient.
And above all that, my husband & Dadinlaw raved buckets about them.

I think we found ourselves a winner.

Call me Le Vain Copy Cat Cookies

1 c. butter

1 1/2 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

Cream all above ingredients until fluff-a-licious.

Top with:

2 1/2 c. flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

pinch of salt

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla


1 Tbsp. Cornstarch

Mix all ingredients with an electric beater until incorporated and a thick, creamy dough is created. Then mix in:

2 cups of {nearly} crushed walnuts

3 cups of {good quality, small} semi-sweet chocolate chips

Beat again with electric mixer. Pour onto countertop and knead dough to completely mix dough (this tip comes from the Levain gals themselves.)

Gently pull lemon-sized hunks of dough. Keep the dough loose and air. Place mounds on cookie sheets.

Bake 390 degrees (read: just above 375, not quite 400)for 10-12 minutes, or until the tips of the cookies have turned light brown.

Remove from cookie sheet. Cool for just a moment.


chew and smile. chew and smile.

chew and smile.