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I’ve got issues.

I am a cookie junkie of epic proportions.

There’s probably a support group somewhere for people like me.

When I was a teenager, I would go to the library and thumb through cookbooks to find every single chocolate chip cookie recipe and would beg my Mom to try out the recipe creations almost daily. Issues, I tell you.

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I started off by following recipes and then I thought….let’s take a walk on the wild side and start experimenting by throwing stuff in and see what happens. What’s the worst that can happen? Well, that’s another story. Little tweaks here and there were the difference makers – browning the butter, raising or lowering the temperature of the oven, and trying out some interesting ingredients.

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When I won a trip to NYC to film a perfect cookie segment for the Cooking Channel’s Perfect 3 Show in the Food Network studios, I went online to seek out the best bakeries in Manhattan.  The highest rated cookie was awarded to Levain Bakery and I knew that it had to be mine. Pronto.

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Oh, and it was legit. Legit and different. Unique in such a way that I had to figure out how in the world they did it.  I became a mad scientist in the kitchen to figure out the how to make the Famous Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I developed a massive crush on a cookie.

I have never, ever worked on a recipe as much as this one. Another trip had to be made to NYC in the name of food science to do some more investigative research. A trip to the Truvia Baking Star competition in NYC meant multiple trips to buy my favorite cookie. We rode our bikes in the freezing cold just for that one bite. By the time we arrived, my feet were frozen, but sacrifices have to be made, right?Levain Bakery NYC, Modern HoneyLevain Bakery NYC, Modern Honey

I came home and tweaked some more and then it happened…. that glorious batch was perfection and I finally had it.

I was taught in kindergarten that it’s nice to share so that’s what I am doing. Sharing my years of experimenting so we can all have Levain at home.  It’s just the right thing to do.

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Let’s start with the basics.

Use cold butter. Cut into small cubes.  Since you are collecting it straight out of the fridge, you need to cut it into small pieces so the butter and sugar can become friends and make a creamy masterpiece. It takes about 4 minutes for them to warm up and become besties.

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This is where it’s all over for me….cookie dough. It’s my kryptonite, unfortunately, and I blame my hips on this goodness. Who else loves this stuff?

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Now, these aren’t some ordinary bite-size cookies. No these are a full-on meal. Well maybe for some people. Here’s the deal – you make them big. Really big. Like only four can fit on a cookie sheet, BIG. These are the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER. Yep, I said it.

Usually, with thick cookies, they turn out like hockey pucks – cakey messes that hardly resemble a gooey cookie.

This is where these are different. We are going to crank up the heat in the oven to cook the outside quickly and leave that center nice, warm and gooey. As a cookie should be.

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There are a few ingredients and techniques that set these cookies apart. First, you use cornstarch to add thickness without making the cookie dry. It does wonders in these cookies!  Using cake flour also lends to a more tender cookie but you can also substitute all-purpose flour. Here’s one of my favorite cake flours — King Arthur Cake Flour

I am a huge fan of using nonstick silicone baking mats (Silpat) placed on top of the cookie sheets, which allows the cookies to be easily removed from the pan and to bake nicely. My cousin gave me a set as a gift years ago and I had no idea what I was missing out on! These are ones I have loved —Silicone Baking Sheets – 2 pack

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You may want to eat these Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies the second they come out of the oven, but patience is a virtue and you must exercise some with these cookies. They need to “set up” so give them at least 10-15 minutes before you devour them. The amazing part of these cookies is that they are the only cookies I have ever made that are still cookie perfection even after a few days.

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If you LOVE these cookies, you will love these other Levain Bakery copycat recipes:


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Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Crush Cookies

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
The BEST Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Copycat Cookie Recipe. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 cup Cold Butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Cake Flour*
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips
  • 2 cups Walnuts roughly chopped


  • Preheat oven to 410 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together cold cubed butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 4 minutes or until creamy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one.
  • Stir in flours, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined to avoid overmixing. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Separate dough into large balls and place on lightly colored cookie sheet. They are bigger than you think! You will fit 4 cookies on one large cookie sheet. The dough makes 8 extra large cookies.
  • Bake for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown on the top. Let them rest for at least 10 minutes to set.



*can substitute all-purpose flour for cake flour
*Levain Bakery has stated they don't use vanilla extract in their cookies. If you would like to add vanilla extract, I would suggest adding 1 teaspoon when adding the eggs to the batter. 

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cookie
Cuisine: Dessert
Servings: 8
Keyword: Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Now go make some Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies! You need one (or two or three….no judging here) of these warm, gooey cookies, a big glass of cold milk and a to-do list with nothing on it except catching up on Netflix or those cheesy Holiday Hallmark movies that somehow keep playing on my TV.

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If you are a huge fan of Levain Bakery cookies or just eating the best chocolate chip cookies, you will love my other copycat recipes — Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies and Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Hi, I'm Melissa Stadler!

I am an Award-Winning Recipe Creator. Cover of Food Network Magazine. Two-Time Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist. I am passionate about sharing the best recipes so you have success in the kitchen!

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  1. 5 stars
    Literally the BEST cookies I have ever made. I have tried many cookie recipes and this is by far the best. I also didn’t have enough chocolate chips so I used about a half cup of heath pieces and it was delicious!!

  2. Eesh I definitely need help here. Followed the recipe closely but my cookies turned out like scones instead of a levain cookie. )’:
    Not too sure what went wrong

  3. 5 stars
    These cookies were amazing! A chocolate lover would love these!!! I replaced the walnuts with pretzels and they kept their shape. Next time I might toast the pretzels so they can still be crunchy when mixed with the batter and baked.

  4. 5 stars
    The taste is really great! However, I can’t figure out what I did wrong here. My cookies are spreading quite a bit instead of baking upwards. At 410, they’re also browning very quickly and are still super raw in the middle. I’ve had Levain so many times back when I lived in New York so I know that they aren’t turning out the way they’re supposed to be. Help!

      1. I am having the same problem with the spreading. I mixed in the flours with the mixer. I believe i did that the first time i made them, but they turned out perfect. So frustrating.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying to perfect my cookie skills and these are my absolute favorite recipe! Mine spread a bit more than the pictures but were still delicious. I chilled the dough overnight and then weighed them for even baking. My 5 oz cookies were a little too big and baked kind of weird, 4 oz were awesome and still huge, and 3 oz were a bit smaller but baked really nicely. Next time I’ll make only 3 oz cookies because they’re a bit more practical and still have the wonderful thickness and texture. Highly recommend this recipe, it’s a godsend!

  6. Can I just use AP flour if i dont have any cake flour and would that affect the cookies texted and taste hugely?
    Thank you

  7. Hi,
    I’ve been looking for a great recipe to try with my daughter. I plan on trying this one this week.
    Can you tell me if you use salted butter and is it light or dark brown sugar that you use?
    Also, what’s the best way to get more cookies? I want to bake 24

  8. 5 stars
    Hands down, the BEST, most perfect chocolate chip cookie. I followed the recipe and doubled it for Father’s Day and they are perfection! I am wondering if you use a convection oven? I did, and am wondering if that contributes to the perfection?