Yum: Levain Bakery Copycat Cookies

Did you follow our New York adventures? Well, during our trip I found the world’s most delicious cookies. Easily.

Levain Bakery is as delicious as the hype suggests. So, in my holiday baking frenzy, I decided to try out a copy cat recipe from City Cookin. These are 4 ounces of deliciousness EACH.



  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour (plus 1 teaspoon for mixing with chocolate chips and walnuts)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped


  1. In a large bowl, combine 3 1/4 cups flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter, white and brown sugars. Mix until well combined and creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  4. With the mixer on low, gradually add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Dough will be stiff.
  5. In a small bowl, combine chocolate chips and walnuts with 1 teaspoon flour, tossing to coat.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer and mix in chocolate chips and walnuts using a spatula. This will take a little time and muscle.
  7. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat.
  8. Divide cookie dough into 10 portions about 4 ounces each. Keep cookies in rough mounds (as opposed to flattening them out or trying to smooth them) and refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking.*
  9. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cookies are light golden brown and just barely cooked in the middle.*

The verdict? Although my brother LOVED them, they were a hard sell for others. I’d be interested in trying a recipe with just a tad less flour, but the roasted walnuts definitely hit the spot. What are some of your favorite cookies to make during the holidays?