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Levain Chocolate Chip Cookies

by on April 30, 2008 · 82 comments

…it’s a cookie photo.

After all the fuss over Levain cookies, a reader named Katrina promised that when she went to New York, she’d go to the Levain bakery, take a photo of the cookie and give a review. Well, here’s the photo.  And by the way, holy cow.  Katrina’s review is after the photo.

UPDATE:  Recipe for a similar cookie can be found her — Cookie Madness Levain Cookie Copy Cat

Levain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Katrina’s Review:

I really thought I wasn’t going to like the Levain cookie and thought it was going to be cakey or just too high and fat, but I must tell you–I LOVED IT! Fresh and warm it was delicious. I did not miss the vanilla either. It was also quite good the next day and even after bringing one home and eating some yesterday it was still pretty good, although definitely not AS good as fresh. I’m putting the Levain at the top of my chocolate chip cookie list. It was yum-o. (Now I want to try the copy cat recipes.) Measured from top to bottom its highest point was about an inch and a half. I also tried the other three kinds. Did not care for the oatmeal raisin cookie. It was as if they make a dough (not even really the same type dough as chocolate chip) and just throw in a small amount of oatmeal. There just was not enough oatmeal and this one really missed flavor–like vanilla and maybe some cinnamon. I also LOVED the chocolate peanut butter chip cookie. And although it was good, thought the triple chocolate cookie was too darn rich.

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Published on April 30, 2008

{ 82 comments… read them below or add one }

Ghislaine May 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I’m very sorry if I offended you. I was only commenting on the cookies, not you! :-)BTW, those cookies you just made with the insane amount of chocolate chips look DE-LI-CIOUS!

I definitely think Anna has a point with her fresh from the oven/underbaked comment.

Not to hammer it in, but my husband -who was having another bite of cookie for dessert just a couple hours ago- said: “the chocolate chip one might be defendable, but these two (pointing at the chocolate dough ones) are really terrible. They’re not even cookies, they’re like bad brownies.”

Anna May 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm

I’m pretty sure Katrina’s not offended ;).

Based on my experiences with cookies that have been mailed or shipped, well, I would say it’s just not the same experience.

Anyway. I think I’m going to have to just go to NYC and try these for myself.

Katrina May 3, 2008 at 5:00 pm

I was not offended, just being sarcastic. No harm done.

Anna, go to NYC soon, I’m anxious to hear what you think. (But I get the feeling you like a flatter (but not pancake flat, like today ;), crisp, chewy cookie and you may not like the Levain, but it is good we all have our own opinions, huh. Thanks for the forum.

I made the Chock Full Cookie again today and it’s just as good as yesterdays.

beverly May 4, 2008 at 6:50 am

Check out the throwndown w/ Bobby Flay tonight (Sunday, May 4th) he is competing w/ Levain bakery.

Lisa Ernst May 4, 2008 at 8:43 am

Hi Anna, in case you haven’t seen this yet, New York magazine did a review of the best chocolate chip cookies in NY. Here’s the link:

Now I really want to go to New York! As an artist, I always want to go for the art, but suddenly the “chocolate chip cookie tour” is the major draw for me!

Mike May 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm

My mouth is literally watering!!! I so wish i’d gone there when i visited NY last year!!! :(

Amy May 5, 2008 at 2:20 am

So how do we veganize this?

Diane May 5, 2008 at 8:55 am

What a wondrous picture of heaven! Oh it looks ready to eat! I’m going to have to make some of those now … just wondering if I’ve got all the ingredients!

One of the most mouthwatering pictures I’ve seen for weeks!

Katrina May 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

It WAS very ready to eat right out of my hands and I did! ;) (Just not all in one sitting, it’s huge!)

katelin May 6, 2008 at 7:17 pm

oh my god that cookie looks amazing.

matttttt May 14, 2008 at 7:20 pm

That recipe is the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe…

Angela May 17, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Holy *bleep*! That’s one helluva cookie. Nice!

Shannon May 19, 2008 at 4:09 pm

PLEASE stop teasing me like that!! LOL! That looks like a VERY scrumptcious cookie! I’m loving it! I have bookmarked this blog and will be back for more!

jenny May 25, 2008 at 8:26 pm

i want to inject that!

Scott May 27, 2008 at 7:30 am

Oh, my God.

I need one of those. As in, right now. As in, if I don’t get one right now, I may have to go crazy.

John May 29, 2008 at 9:54 am

Has anyone weighed out the sugars too? Trying to get these cookies just right is really a science experiment of sorts, so if you have the scale out and are going to weigh the flour, why not the sugars, too?

If you go here:

you’ll find that:

3 cups of APF is 13.23 oz (or, 375 grams)
3 cups bread flour is 14.5 oz (or 411 grams)
.75 cups sugar is 5.29 oz (or 150 grams)
.75 cups packed brown sugar is 5.82 oz (or 165 grams)

So, has anyone tried to weigh the sugars, and, if so, what were your weights?

Matt May 29, 2008 at 1:02 pm

That cookie looks life changing.

kellypea May 30, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Oh. My. Gawd. Now I’ve seen everything. *leaves frantically clicking for copycat recipe…*

Gay July 29, 2008 at 8:03 am

I want those cookies!!!

steaks university August 30, 2008 at 10:04 am

I want them too!! Looks so yummy..

Carmen Vj September 25, 2008 at 2:23 am

Oh my. That is the best cookie I have ever seen. And the chocolate is awesome. I am in love and a big chocoholic. I love it here. A great site:)

Brooke October 20, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Yum! Yum! Yum!

You don’t have to wait for a visit to NYC! I’ve got the Levain recipe at my blogspot.


Stop by, give it a try. You’ll be in heaven!

UK Foodie November 16, 2008 at 7:44 am

They look absolutely delicious!

UK Foodie

Elan November 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Wow, that looks so good!!!!

Anonymous December 4, 2008 at 8:31 am

for the sugar you said 3/4 sugar. do you mean from a 1kg pack

Anna December 4, 2008 at 8:39 am

That means 3/4 of an 8 oz cup and that measurement is volume. In grams, that would be a weight of 160 grams. Feel free to email me if you need more detailed measurements or have questions.

jill December 4, 2008 at 8:41 am

whats all purpose flour?

jill December 4, 2008 at 8:42 am

will my cookies turn out like the picture :)

Eric Hoffman February 26, 2009 at 7:41 am

That looks awesome. Nothing like a fresh bakery cookie.

Clara Curtis March 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

I’m pretty sure that it has been a year since the last comment, but I have to say that I went to Levain and had their dark chocolate chip cookie (well, shared HALF of the entire cookie with my dad.) and I think I’m dead and am really just an angel writing this. So…GOOD.

Anonymous February 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

THANK GOD it takes me less than an hour to go there!

sumika February 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Levain bakery is everywhere in my life… well, in TV only. every time I turn the channel, its levain bakery! why did I not go there when I used to live in NYC??!! IT looks delicious. that will definitely hit the spot right about now… I need to run a bit more to eat those huge cookies…

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