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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Levain Bakery Copycat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Last September Nadav and I went on a vacay to New York City, and before we left we were told we had to go to Levain Bakery and try their famous cookies.
We went, we ate, we conquered.. and the cookies? They were de bomb.
I have fond memories of those cookies, and when I found a recipe for a Levain Bakery copy cat chocolate chip walnut cookie recipe on Love From The Oven I did a serious happy dance.

On Saturday night Nadav and I decided to stay home, watch the Lakers game, and eat some cheap Mexican food. Halfway through the night I get the urge.. the urge to bake some cookies, and these masterpieces happened.

And I'm going to go there... these are officially the BEST cookies I have ever made.






What You Need:
2 sticks butter – cold and cut into cubes
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour (you may need slightly less or more)
1 & 1/2  tsp salt (I prefer sea salt)
2 tsp cornstartch
1 & 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips – I used one cup regular semi-sweet chips and one cup mini chips
Optional – 1/2 block of semi-sweet or dark chocolate (not unsweetened baker’s chocolate)
Optional – 1 cup walnuts or pecans


What You Need To Do:
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2.  In a large bowl/mixer bowl, cream together cubed butter and sugars until well blended and fluffy.
3.  Add eggs, one at a time, until well mixed.
4.  Add flour, salt, cornstartch, baking powder, baking soda & salt to butter, sugar and egg mixture until just combined. This should be a very thick mixture, and not sticky. If your dough is still sticky, try adding more flour, 1/8-1/4 cup at a time.
5.  Add in chocolate chips and nuts. If you are using a block of chocolate, you will want to grate it and add it in as well.
6.  Combine the dough and chocolate chips.
7.  Divide into portions to bake. Leave lots of space between each ball and do not flatten the dough.
8.  Put into the oven to bake for approximately 10 minutes. Watch closely and make sure you pull them out as soon as they start to lightly brown.
9.   Let cool and remove from pan.


You must try these cookies....
They are wayyyy too good!
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15 comments:

Liz said...

Mmmm!! They look so so good!!

Nessa @{Casa Braaflat} said...

how did i miss levains bakery in nyc?

Robyn said...

tammy-they look great-well done!I haven't baked for ages!

Lauren said...

yum! my chocolate chip cookies always come out flat! how do you do it?!

Jes said...

GAH! So good. Looks so good. Now I am starving.

Martie* said...

OMG Tamms!! How can you do this to me? I try not to hate you - I am staying off sweets right now, sigh :/

Sandy a la Mode said...

mmmm these look delish!!

Shannon said...

Oh man, these look delicious. The perfect cookie.

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HoodooVoodoo said...

OMG they look amazing.

Zoƫ said...

Levain Bakery cookies is one of the things I've missed most since moving from NYC! Can't wait to try these :)

reviews said...

wow!
*drools*

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emenchho said...

My sister and I LOVE Levain's cookies! They were worth the trek when we went to NYC a few years ago. I will have to try this recipe. ;)

simplyevani.com said...

I pinned these because I absolutely need to make them in the coming weeks! Just curious, how do you go about creating your own recipe? Does it usually take a few tries or do you work off an existing recipe?

Evani

Karla said...

These look delicious! I may need to give in and try these.

Found you through the Once a month blog hop. I’m your newest follower. :)

p.s. LOVE your bike (pic in your previous post)

Lauren {Stylized Existence} said...

Im just catching up on your blog so sorry for all of the comments but Levain cookies are seriously the bomb. Did you try the chocolate with chocolate chunks? I dont even like chocolate cookies and they were probably the most delicious things I have ever had. MAN ... wish I wasn't giving up sugar right now!

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