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At our house, dessert is a given. We are chocolate chip cookie aficionados and these Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a hit!

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies in a white bowl

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love those big, soft bakery cookies?  If my cookie jar was empty, these Bakery Style M&M’s and Chocolate Chunk Cookies are the sort of treat the hubby would be trolling the bakery for. To be completely honest, I had never heard of the Levain Bakery or their apparently world-famous chocolate chip cookies until I started blogging.

But I am forever baking any and all versions of chocolate chip cookies I come across, even though I’ve been told by my family that the classic Tollhouse cookies and Jacques Torres’ Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies are the gold standard. How did these rate, you may wonder? Read on.

How this Levain Bakery Cookie Recipe Differs from Other Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe for the coveted Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies differed from the cookies listed above in both the ingredients and technique.

  • These cookies include a small amount of cornstarch in the ingredients and no vanilla extract (though I’d definitely add either some vanilla bean paste or extract).
  • The butter was mixed in cold (no easy task) then large dough balls were formed and frozen briefly.
  • The recipe includes walnuts, which I omitted. You may know, the picky family would not be pleased with any crunch in their cookies. But feel free to add some in for a true copycat cookie.
  • These cookies are huge. The dough is divided into just 12 cookies making them supersized and taking 20 to 25 minutes to bake, unlike ordinary-sized cookies taking approximately 10 minutes.


Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white square plate

Mounds of Chocolate Chip Cookie Deliciousness

These did not spread into pancakes as they baked, but, instead, were thick mounds of chocolate chip goodness. Bill proclaimed them terrific, but there is nary a nut free chocolate chip cookie that he would snub!

Nick was home for the week, and he asked if he could take some back to campus. He rewarded himself with one after his workouts. I suspect he will finish them off the remainder in no time! If you’re a fan of Levain Bakery’s cookies, perhaps this copycat recipe may be just what you’ve been looking for!

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies in a white ceramic bowl


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Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

A copycat chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Levain Bakery, adapted from Lisa of Parsley, Sage and Sweet

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 12 large cookies


  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or discs)
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line two cookie sheets with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the cold butter and sugars with an electric mixer (if using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment). Add the eggs, one at a time and mix till combined. Add vanilla paste or extract, then the dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips
  3. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts. Roll into balls and freeze for 10 minutes. Place 6 dough balls on each cookie sheet and bake about 20- 25 minutes, until the edges are golden. Cool about 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack.


Total time does not include freezing time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 625Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 4gSugar: 40gProtein: 9g


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30 comments on “Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. The cookies look divine, Liz. And it looks like I’ll need to make a trip to Leavens’ sometime =)
    So interesting that this dough uses cold butter and corn starch.

  2. These look delicious! I really love chocolate chip cookies and I cannot wait to try this version!

  3. You outdone yourself, Liz! These are perfection! I love making all kinds of chocolate chip cookies I can’t wait to try these!

  4. I think chocolate chip cookies are by far my favorite dessert! These look fabulous!

  5. love chocolate chip cookies these look fantastic!

  6. Thick, chocolatey and chewy…they look awesome!

  7. These do look like the perfect chocolate chip cookie! I’m putting these on my menu NOW, so I don’t forget to pick up a few things while out shopping. Or what I call Hunting & Gathering. LOL. Oooooo yum! I can’t wait!

  8. Cookies are always a winner and these looks like perfection!

  9. Oh why did I click through on the foodgawker photo!? Because now I want one of these (or 5!) immediately…these really look spectacular, Liz!

  10. These things are insanely good. Love!

  11. There isn’t a chocolate chip cookie that would be frowned upon here either! I have not heard of this bakery either but the recipe sounds and looks scrumptious! I have Belgian milk chocolate chips sitting in my pantry…

  12. I love chocolate chip cookies and I’m always looking for a new and better recipe!

  13. I think I have made these before ….yes, I just searched my blog and I have!!!! I agree, these are the best!!!

  14. I dare say no one in my family would snub these cookies either, they look wonderful!

  15. Wow – these look great. I like that it only makes 12 cookies, however, I’d love to try making your Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Cookies ones as well. I have never used chocolate disks before and will have to be on the look out for them.

  16. You had me at chocolate chip! These cookies are perfection!

  17. These look like chocolate chip perfection. I’m with your family – keep the nuts separate from the baked goods. I can’t imagine making a chocolate chip cookie without vanilla, so I’m glad to see it among your ingredients.

  18. Wait Liz, leave me some!! xoxo

  19. I had one of those Levain Bakery cookies once in my life and would absolutely love to repeat that experience. These cookies look perfect!

  20. Dear Lizzy, These cookies do look delicious!! xo Catherine

  21. I cannot turn down a homemade chocolate chip ever! I will be making these soon!

  22. These chocolate chip cookies look so delish, Liz. No wonder why these Copycake Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a hit at your place. They are just perfect.

  23. Sounds so good! Bookmarked to try in a lower carb version.

  24. ahhhh yes yes yes!! These are my exact kind of CCC!

  25. Thank you for the mention of the recipe! I can’t wait to share your recipe with my audience!

  26. I must admit I haven’t heard of this bakery before, but these cookies do look great Liz.

  27. We are so making these within the next couple of days! Pinned! LOVED your photos and the simplicity of the recipe Liz.
    Lots of hugs!

  28. I’ve not had the pleasure of Levain Cookies, but no doubt these are just as good or better.

  29. This is an excellent chocolate chip cookie recipe. That said I got 18 very large cookies out of one batch. She tells us in the directions to make it into 12 portions but that’s really too big of a cookie. I’ll keep making this one for sure.

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