Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Copy cat of the Levain cookies
- 2 sticks (8 oz) European style butter, very cold, chopped up
- 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar (6 oz) – (Lisa mixes dark and light)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 cups chilled King Arthur bread flour (13 1/2 oz)
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or fine Kosher salt or salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cold large eggs, lightly beaten in a separate bowl
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I can’t leave it out!!)
- 1 1/2 cups extra dark chocolate chips such as Guittard extra dark (in the shiny red bag)
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the chopped up, cold butter until it comes together. It should be creamy and still cold.
- Add the sugar and continue to beat until it is mixed in. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla and continue beating with the paddle on medium until mixed, scraping sides of bowl once or twice. The coolness from the eggs should make the butter seize up again so the creamy mixture will appear lumpy.
- Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix the cold flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. With the mixer on medium-low (or by hand with a heavy duty rubber scraper), gradually add the flour mixture stirring just until mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
- Empty the batter onto a large flat surface and make sure all the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Instead of lumping it all together, keep it kind of loose. Divide into 12 raggedy pieces. The dough should be cold before you even put it in the refrigerator, but chilling the dough will help make the cookies taller. I’ve also had good results freezing the dough and baking it from frozen.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. If you are using convection, preheat to 350 F convection.
- Arrange cookies (I recommend baking 1 or 2 first to nail down your time) on a chilled, heavy duty cookie sheet. Bake on center rack for 18 minutes at 375 or 20 minutes at 350F convection. Let cool for about 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove and finish cooling on a rack. When cool, you can eat OR you can freeze the cookie and thaw them for a better texture.
Note: If all you have are thin cookie sheets, stack two cookie sheets together or stack a chilled cookie sheet on top of a jelly roll pan. This is helpful especially if you do not have a convection oven.
Recipe by Cookie Madness at http://www.cookiemadness.net/2012/01/more-levain-cookie-clones/