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Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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You don’t have to go to New York to taste a famous Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie. Make jumbo cookies that taste just like the famous Levain bakery cookies right in your own kitchen.

Warm Levain bakery chocolate chip cookies
Warm cookies with melted chocolate chips

Oh, the legendary Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies. Even if you have never had one, you are very likely to have heard about these jumbo sized cookies. One cookie is large enough to share with four or five of your closest friends.

What makes these cookies so special?

The cookies have a lot going on with them. They are loaded with a double dose of dark chocolate that oozes out of the cookie when you take a bite. 

The edges of the cookies are tender, buttery, and crisp. As you eat your way in a bit from the edges, the cookie becomes dense, soft, and chewy.

Then when you get to the very center, you hit a lava of melted chocolate and gooey, under-baked cookie dough madness.

It’s a medley of textures and everything you need in a chocolate chip cookie.

Are you in a hurry for the recipe and want to skip all the helpful tips and tricks? No problem. All you need to do is scan down to the bottom of the page.

You will find the recipe for these copycat Levain bakery chocolate chip cookies in a convenient, printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

However, if you want some indispensable baking tips, helpful information, and other suggested recipes, then stick around and peruse through the entire post. Who knows? We might answer a question that could come up as you bake these fabulous cookies.

Levain bakery chocolate chip cookies and milk
Levain bakery chocolate chip cookies and milk

Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies Have to be BIG

The first thing you need to know is that these cookies are large. By large, I mean jumbo, colossal, massively over-sized and just plain too much cookie for one person.

You can make smaller cookies but then you won’t have a replica of the Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie. And that is what you came here for. Right?

Wanna know the secret to Levain Bakery cookies? The secret to getting that ‘crisp, chewy, doughy’ texture starts with the size of the cookie.

These cookies weigh in at six ounces! Less than six ounces will diminish the wonderful cookie dough lava in the center and more than six ounces will make too much of the cookie remain under-baked.

If it’s underbaked, you might as well just eat some warm cookie dough. And if it’s overbaked, you miss out on that perfect three-in-one texture that the Levain bakery chocolate chip cookies are known for. So for the perfect copycat Levain bakery Chocolate chip cookies, weigh the cookie dough before you bake them.

You gotta go big for this recipe!

Use REAL butter! Not margarine!

Butter is going to give these cookies the right texture and the right amount of spread while it bakes. Besides that, butter tastes better and these cookies won’t taste like Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies if you use margarine.

Make them big!

When you scoop the cookie dough, fill a 1/2 cup measuring cup until it is mounding over the top then add some more. Better yet, if you really want them to turn out just like the cookies at the Levain bakery, get a scale and weigh out 6-ounce portion sizes. Because that is how much these cookies weigh.

Trust me, I weighed them. I don’t live in New York but I love to visit that city and frequently get inspired by the amazing food. Like the time I discovered chocolate chip cookie shots in the Dominique Ansel Bakery. But I am digressing. To get back on topic, let me re-assert that these cookies should weigh 6 ounces if you want to replicate the Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie.

Use bread flour.

This recipe calls for a combination of all-purpose flour and bread flour. Bread flour is higher in gluten which gives these cookies that dense, chewy texture. The bread flour will also absorb more moisture. Since this recipe has a bit more moisture in it, the cookies will stay moist. 

Do not over-mix the dough

If you over mix the dough, it will make your cookies tough. You can use an electric mixer to mix the butter, sugar, and eggs but when you add the flour, switch to a spoon. Stir the flour, the chocolate chips, and the nuts in by hand. If you stir the dry ingredients by hand, it will prevent you from over mixing the dough. Soft, tender and chewy cookies are the goal.

Space them out on the baking pan

Give the cookies plenty of room to bake and spread out. You don’t want the cookies to spread out too much so make sure you chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. However, the cookies will spread out just enough to give you some crunchy, perfectly baked edges.

Two hands holding a Levain bakery chocolate chip cookie
Jumbo Levain bakery chocolate chip cookies. You need two hands for these cookies.

Consider your oven temperature

Your oven is different than ours. Some ovens run a bit hotter and some run a bit cooler.  The cooking time might vary if your oven is not calibrated. So keep an eye on the cookies. Start checking them a couple minutes before the allotted time.

If the edges and tops of the cookies look nice and brown, they are done. Pull the cookies out while the centers are still gooey.

Make the cookies lumpy

The Levain bakery chocolate chip cookie has lumpy and bumpy mounds of deliciousness. They are not perfectly smooth. To get that lumpy, jagged surface, break the ball of dough in half, rotate the two pieces, then stick them back together.

Melt the butter

Melted butter makes dense, chewy cookies. On the flip side, creaming butter will make cakier cookies. The Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie is dense and chewy so melt your butter to get that texture.

Add extra egg yolks

The extra egg yolks in this recipe will help give the cookies that dense fudgy texture. A higher proportion of egg yolks will also increase the emulsified fat which in turn adds moisture and a fudge-like texture. That is what the Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies have going for them, so add the extra egg yolks.

Toast the Walnuts

The Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie has walnuts in it. I’m not normally a fan of walnuts in my chocolate chip cookie. I guess I’m a little ole fashioned in that way. But walnuts work in these cookies. You gotta have the walnuts… but toast them first.

Toasted nuts taste better than raw ones. Ok, go ahead and snicker. You’re not the only one laughing. But seriously, when you toast nuts you intensify the flavor and eliminate any bitterness that raw walnuts sometimes have.

It is easy to toast the walnuts. Just spread them in an even layer on a baking sheet and stick them in a pre-heated oven at 350°F for about 3 to 5 minutes. Don’t walk away because just as soon as you do, those babies will burn.

Serve These Cookies Warm!

Oh, a warm chocolate chip cookie is AMAZING! And a warm Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie is mind-blowing. You have to experience these cookies while they are warm. The double dose of chocolate will ooze out of the cookies so prepare to lick your fingers.

And that warm underbaked cookie dough lava in the center of the cookie? It HAS to be warm to ooze out like molten cookie dough lava. Besides that, when you visit the Levain Bakery, they will serve you the cookie fresh out of the oven while it is still warm.

So for the complete experience of eating a Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie, eat them while they are still warm. If you save some for later then warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds or stick them in a warm oven for a couple of minutes.

Wondering how many calories are in just one cookie? It’s a lot! I’m not gonna spoil it right here for the folks that just want to eat the cookie without the guilt. But if your dying to know, scroll to the bottom of the recipe card and check out the nutrition label.

If you just want to bake, eat, and enjoy the cookie without being guilted by the calories, then don’t look at the nutrition label. You have been warned. 🙂

Items you will need for this recipe:

Here is a quick shopping list of the groceries you will need to make these jumbo sized Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies. If you do much baking, you probably already have most of these items. The only thing I had to buy when I made these cookies were the walnuts.

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Bread flour
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • butter
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips
  • walnuts
Giant Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie
Giant Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie

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Check out our video and see how easy it is to make these jumbo chocolate chip cookies that taste just like the famous New York Levain Bakery cookies.

 

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Warm Levain bakery chocolate chip cookies

Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Yield: 12 jumbo cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

You don’t have to go to New York to taste the famous Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies. These jumbo cookies taste just like the famous Levain bakery cookies and you can make them right in your own kitchen,

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240 grams)
  • 2 cups bread flour (240 grams)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups butter (3 sticks) melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar (420 grams)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/4 cups chocolate chips (553 grams)
  • 1-1/2 cups roasted, chopped walnuts (170 grams)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the two flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda together in a bowl then set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar for about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture either by hand or on the lowest setting of an electric mixer.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Use 1/2 cup measuring cup to scoop out large balls of dough (the dough balls should weigh 6 ounces). Break the balls of dough in half then rotate each half and press them together again. This technique will give the cookies that lumpy jagged texture.
  7. Place the balls of dough on a cookie sheet, spacing them 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes

Notes

You can freeze this cookie dough after you shape them into ready-to-bake portions. If you freeze them then add 2 to 3 minutes to the bake time.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 797Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 576mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 4gSugar: 72gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Laura

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Holy cow! Super exciting to make this recipe after annual trip to NYC put on covid-hold. I went to Levain Bakery a few years ago (mid-winter early morning to avoid the line) and thought their cookies were over the top. Since I am WFH I thought it would be fun to try to recreate.

I made the dough and 6 oz balls, now resting in the refrigerator. The biggest cookies I normally make are 3 oz so I was shocked to see how large they were.

Looking forward to baking a few off tomorrow and freezing the rest to bake later for gifts. #GotMilk

Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Thanks for the comment Laura. That's what I do as well, I keep balls of dough in the fridge or freezer because it is to easy to eat them all if I bake the whole batch at once. LOL

Jennifer

Sunday 7th of February 2021

I wish I could include a photo. My cookies didn't come out exactly as yours did. They are a more flat but I cooked them a bit longer so thats ok. I wanted to write a comment to say the flavor is AMAZING! I used 1 cup dark 1 cup milk and instead of nuts added an attractive tsp of salt and caramel bits. They are so fricken good. Thank you for posting this recipe. We will absolutely make again. The flavor combinations are endless.

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Thanks for the comment Jennifer. The caramel bits sound amazing. If you have more trouble with the cookies coming out flatter than mine then try sticking them in the fridge for several hours before you bake them.

Keji

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

I’m having trouble with these cookies spreading too much in the oven. I use melted butter, chill the dough, and follow all the steps. The only issue i can think is that this extreme spreading only happens when I use a stand mixer. My hand mixer, though a little more inefficient, never fails me. Dough made from the stand mixer always comes out nice and dense and bakes perfectly! What should I do ?

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

That's interesting. I don't notice a difference in the outcome if I use a hand mixer but it if works better for you then stick to the hand mixer. One other thing you may want to consider is how you are measuring your flour. You may want to try weighing the flour for a more accurate measurement.

Erin

Monday 20th of April 2020

Hi. First off WOWOWOWOW. AMAZING cookies. Thank you for the detailed instructions! I’ve made them for a family picnic last year and had everyone commenting on them. People LOVED them. Obviously. How couldn’t you! Secondly why comment to say something about the butter being melted? If you don’t want to melt the butter DONT. I hate when people blog their ideas and recipes and others comment about how you shouldn’t or should’ve done something else. You tried something different that worked out.? Awesome let us all know, otherwise leave your comments to yourself. Question about no nuts...use toffee bits. It’s to die for!!

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

Thanks for the kind and supportive comment, Erin. I really appreciate that. I do think the melted butter works great in this recipe. There is a bit of science to it and it creates a denser, chewier cookie. In my opinion, that is what helped make it so similar to the Levain cookies. :) AND toffee bits sound UH-mazing!!

Gina

Saturday 14th of December 2019

I just finished making these and WOW did they turn out amazing! I substituted extra chocolate for the nuts but my family has declared these the only chocolate chip cookies I’m allowed to make ! Thank you :)

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 14th of December 2019

That's so great to hear. Thanks for that update :)

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