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Levain Cookie Recipe

This Levain Cookie Recipe is a copycat version of the famous Levain Bakery's signature cookie: chocolate chip walnut! These ultra-thick cookies are crispy on the outside and ooey-gooey in the middle.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip, chopped walnuts, gooey
Servings: 8 gigantic cookies
Calories: 737kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs cold
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour spoon and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts roughly chopped (the size of the chocolate chips)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Line 2 large baking sheets with silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  • Use a stand mixer to beat the butter and brown sugar together until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  • Scrape down sides, then beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Mix until just combined, then mix in walnuts and chips.
  • Pack 1/2 cup measuring cup with dough to make 8 scoops - dough is sticky, that’s ok!
  • Roll into balls, then place onto the prepared baking sheets (4 on each sheet).
  • Chill for 60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Working with one pan at a time, bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes*.
  • Remove from oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes before serving.
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*15 minutes for crunchy outside and cookie-dough like center. 20 minutes for a more cooked center, do NOT bake longer than 20 minutes or the outside will burn.
If you're looking for a more cooked cookie (aka less cookie dough like center), check out my fluffy chocolate chip cookies instead.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 737kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 439IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 5mg