Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Article first published as Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies on Blogcritics.
Have you ever traveled somewhere previously and then wish you could travel to the same place knowing what you know now? This is how I feel about New York City. I've been there a few times in my younger years. The last time was when I was in my senior year of college. I went to NYC to experience the theatre district and took in all the plays and Broadway shows I could in a week. It was a wonderful time, yet I wish I could go back. I have such a different focus now in my mid-thirties than I did in my early twenties. Visiting NYC now would mean I'd spend most of time exploring the culinary scene and checking out the plethora of great food spots the city has to offer. One place I'd love to visit is the Levain Bakery. I've heard such  raves about their cookies and it's gotten to the point of me attempting to make a clone of a cookie I've never even tasted. These Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are pretty amazing so I can only imagine how much more the real mccoy would be! These cookies have a butterscotch caramel dough that's studded with chocolate chips and walnuts. If that's not enough to tempt you, I don't know what will!...

Hands down, my favorite cookie in the whole world is the classic chocolate chip walnut cookie. Apparently this Levain Bakery makes some mind blowing version but since I can't fly out to NYC to try them out first hand, making a clone that folks swear by is the next best thing. There are a few variations of this clone recipe, but I adapted a version I got from another blog. Maybe one of these days I'll make another batch and take some with me to NYC for a true taste test...

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
recipe adapted from How to Eat a Cupcake

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix together butter and sugar on low speed until blended. 

Add eggs, one at a time, and beat on low speed until incorporated.

Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips and nuts.

Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheet 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake 15-20 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the tops are just lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks and store in an airtight container.


  1. so amazing and full of chocolate, I love the photo this is the chocolate chip should look. Just love your website.

  2. oh, delicious indeed!

    I had the luck of living in New York for a full year. Time of my life indeed. But also long before I discovered food. But I did eat out pretty good (my stove stored sweaters, never on for the full year)

  3. Yes - I went to Europe after my senior year in high school with my family and I wish I could go back now knowing MUCH more about it than I did back then! Hopefully I will get to go back someday! I've never been to NYC but when I do go, I am for sure going to the Levain Bakery! For now, I will settle for these tasty looking cookies!!

  4. I completely agree. I did not do NYC justice the 4 days I was there.

  5. Wow, those cookies look amazing! My hubby and I are planning a trip to NYC next March. I will have to keep the Levain Bakery on my to do list. But, we are planning on going to Jaque Torres's chocolate shop for his famous Whicked hot chocolate. We are also planning on going Le Bernardin for a once and a lifetime dinner. Also, keeping our fingers crossed that I get to meet Eric Ripert.
    Man, now I am even more excited about going!

  6. I just made these, really good! I like how buttery they are.