The story of how I decided to make my own LeVain Cookies…

If you’ve been in New York City and you have tried Levain’s cookies you can probably agree that they’re one of the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. Their consistency, chocolate, walnut, taste and smell are all out of words.

July 2017 outside LeVain’s shop

After eating them week by week and almost day by day when I discovered a home delivery application named Caviar, I was extremely curious to learn how to bake them. However, I never found time for it and I would end up buying them. As a result, weeks passed and baking them stayed in my mind.

If you go to Levain on a weekend, you will probably have to cue for 10-15 minutes. Please don’t leave the cue, the cue will move faster than you think!

As soon as you enter inside their small shop, there’s a counter with 2-3 waiters ready to attend you.

Their popular cookies (chocolate chip walnut and dark chocolate cookies) are displayed first followed by their chocolate brioche and other homemade pastries. They also have a selection of bread which I have never tried.

Their cookies are priced for $4 each and they weight around 6 ounces. My favorite one is filled with chunks of walnuts and chocolate. It is incredibly delicious.

I even would grab extra cookies, take them home, and heat them for 30 seconds in the microwave before eating them…absolutely mouthwatering.

After shopping from Levain, I would walk down through Central Park.

Walk in Central Park
Love of my life
My mamma is the best!

These weeks in quarantine, I found myself with so much extra time to do everything that I’ve been procrastinating for the past day, week or year.

Since Levain doesn’t offer any cooking classes to learn how to bake them, I checked online several recipes and found the one of a French food blogger called Clementine the most useful.

Before scrolling downwards it is very important to have the correct measuring cups to achieve a good result. I recently bought from Amazon a kit of 4 cups (1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup) and 4 spoons (1 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1/3 teaspoon and 1/8 teaspoon).

Common abbreviations:

g=grams

c=cup

tbsp=tablespoon

tsp=teaspoon

Ingredients:

  • 115 g salted cold butter
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 50 g white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 180 g all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 150 g dark chocolate (70% cacao)
  • 75 g walnut

Instructions:

  1. Remove butter from your fridge 30 minutes before starting to bake.
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
  3. Place your flour with the baking soda and cornstarch in a bowl and let it rest there.
  4. In another bowl or in your stand mixer, place your eggs and beat them for 5 minutes.
  5. Now add your butter that has previously been cutted into small cubes and mix firmly.
  6. Add sugar and mix together until smooth.
  7. Incorporate the flour, baking soda, cornstarch to and mix with a until smooth.
  8. Add the walnuts and chocolate bar.
  9. Start forming 6 to 7 big balls and place them in your oven pan with a 3 mm of separation between each ball to avoid them getting stuck one to the other.
  10. Cook for 10-12 minutes until golden.
  11. Let them rest for 8-10 minutes to set.
  12. Serve with vanilla ice cream, yogurt or milk.
  13. Eat and enjoy.

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