New York City’s Most Famous Cookie, At Home

If you’ve ever had the privilege to eat a cookie from Levain Bakery in New York, you probably started drooling at the very mention of it. For those of you who haven’t, yes, they’re that good.

Photo credit: Lydia Brooks

I’m going to let you in on a very well kept secret, you can make them at home!

Now I’m not going to lie to you and tell you these are an absolute copy of the Levain Bakery cookies, but this recipe gets pretty dang close.

So if you’re as nostalgic for the City That Never Sleeps as I am, try these cookies and imagine you’re strolling through Central Park, on your way to a Broadway show, taking a quick stop to see the new exhibit at the Met… yeah, okay I’ll stop. But really, give these cookies a go.

Photo credit: Lydia Brooks

Double Chocolate Levain Bakery Cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted cold butter (not room temp)

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup coconut sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup cocoa powder

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour,

  • 2 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch

  • ¾ cup baking soda

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 410F.

  2. Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (around 5 mins)

  3. Add one egg in at a time, making sure they are both completely mixed in.

  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and cornstarch. Add in the cocoa, baking soda and salt and combine.

  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and slowly mix until just combined. (You want everything to be thoroughly mixed together but be careful not to overmix.)

  6. Stir in chocolate chunks

  7. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 20 mins.

  8. Divide the dough evenly into 8 parts, roll into a ball and top with chocolate chips. (These balls are going to be very big, don’t let that scare you, they’re supposed to be huge.)

  9. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, placing four balls on each sheet, spaced apart .

  10. Bake the cookies for 11 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them set and cool on the baking sheet (don’t try to move them, they’ll fall apart!) for about 15 minutes.

  11. Enjoy!

    Photo credit: Lydia Brooks

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    Recipe adapted from Kirbie’s Cravings

Lydia Brooks

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