Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie CopyCat

I first discovered the Levain Bakery on an episode of Thowdown with Bobby Flay.  Their chocolate chip cookies are suppose to be the best in NYC.  They have a cult following, and their recipe is a very popular one to try and recreate.  I’ve never made it to the Levain Bakery on our trips to NYC, so I don’t know if this cookie tastes like the Levain Bakery.  I do know that this cookie tastes incredible!   One batch only makes 12 cookies.  Make sure you have a friend to share a cookie with because these cookies are GINORMOUS!  I have added the Levain Bakery as a “must do” on our next trip to NYC in December!

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie CopyCat
(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add  eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch. Gradually add the flour, mixing just until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans.

Divide the cookie dough into 12 equal parts.  Roll into balls.  Place cookie dough balls in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Remove from freezer and place 6 cookies on each cookie sheet.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool 5 to 7 minutes on the cookie sheets.

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  1. I am making them now so I will soon know how it is…question though, my dough seemed a bit "sticky" there's always looks a bit more dry in the video's I have seen. Also, I have never creamed COLD butter and sugars together always room temp. I found that confusing wasn't sure what texture it should be but it was different than the texture of creamed room temp. butter and sugar.

  2. i love all of your recipes, and have tried many of them. This is my new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Way to blow any other chocolate chip cookie out of the water! They are so delicious, and there is some magic happening in my freezer when the dough goes in for a bit. This one is saved to my favorites!

  3. I made these with milk chocolate chips instead. I prefer them without the nuts and I add an extra 1/2 tsp of salt (plus a pinch or two more) to make up for the sweetness in the chocolate. They are seriously incredible! My now go-to cookie recipe!

  4. Thank you x a million for this recipe! I have not been able to make a fluffy cc cookie in a very long time. Even the break and bake ones turn out FLAT:) These turned out just like the pic! The trick is definitely using cold butter and gradually adding the sugars.

  5. Just wanted to comment, my husband and I just got back from New York City Friday. I too, saw the throw down and insisted we go. We did and words can not describe the awesomeness in their cookies. We are still talking about it and are seriously thinking of ordering some online. Wish we had bought more and brought them home. I am going to try your recipe tonight and I'll let you know if it is in the ball park.

  6. Visiting from Juanita's Cocina…nice to meet ya! I can vouch that Levain Bakery choc cookies are the BEST …not just in NY, but the ENTIRE UNIVERSE. We make a point to stop by on every trip to NY. They are that good! Can't wait to give these a try at home.

  7. I made these tonight. They were good but I gave them the name cookie biscuit. These things are big! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Around the same time this morning I was reading your blog, my husband was complaining that I haven't made him any chocolate chip cookies lately. Truth be told, I am not much of a fan. But I saw these, had all the ingredients and the time so I decided to make them. Husband and son left to see a professional baseball game. These just came out of the oven and I tried one. I hope they get home before I eat myself into a chocolate chip stupor! You really can cook Stephanie. I am never disappointed with your recipes and these are the best CC cookies I have ever made!

  9. Levain's CCC ARE my favorite cookie in NYC (although it's so close between that and Jacques Torres, they are just too different to compare as the same). 😉
    The inside photo looks similar, but I think Levains are a little more gooey/underbaked inside. I've tried and tried to get it down. 😉 It's a tough job, but I'll keep at it and I don't think I've tried this recipe, so I'll have to see what I think.

  10. You know you are 39 weeks pregnant when it's not even 9 am and you are making cookies! Can't wait till they are done!!!

  11. I just made the double chocolate version of these and they were SOOO delicious. I also made them smaller (used the medium pampered chef scoop) and baked for 13 minutes. They were perfect. I'll have to try the regular chocolate chip ones! Thanks for posting.

  12. I just printed the recipe to try a little later. It is too hot in my kitchen for baking right now, but these cookies look beautiful!

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