Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Chocolate chip walnut cookies

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We have all had that one dish in a restaurant or a bakery in our home city or while traveling where a dish just simply knocks your socks off. When the creativity of the chef or the baker shines through and you simply can’t help but wonder if you can recreate the dish at home.

Some of those experiments sometimes become nearly as good as the original and you feel like you cracked the code on something magical.

The Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies were one such thing for me. And I am not a cookie lover, and I don’t really like sweet things. But this was an exception. These cookies just make you forget all your woes as you bite into them and let the goodness fill your mouth with that perfect bite.

Chocolate chip and walnut cookie

Tips for baking success at high altitude:

This copycat Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookie recipe is adjusted for high altitude. You definitely need to make thicker cookies else they won’t be the copycat. An hour at least of cool off time in the refrigerator helps them maintain their chunky shape and they don’t spread out as much. The cookies are thick but not cakey. Use the best quality chocolate chips you can buy. They make or break this cookie. Cream together butter and sugar first. Really. You have to beat it until it resembles creamy texture.

Chocolate walnut cookie dough Butter and sugar whipped together to. creamy texture

Just like so! Bake the cookies closer to the time you want to eat them. They are best eaten warm.

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Chocolate chip walnut cookies
5 from 3 votes

Chocolate chip Walnut cookies

A "copykat" recipe for Levain Bakery cookies " Tested at high altitude

Course Cookies, Dessert
Keyword Cookies, walnut
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 33 minutes
Servings 10 Cookies


  • 1 c butter (2 sticks) cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 3 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 c chocolate chips
  • 2 c walnuts chopped


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugars – both white and brown and the butter cubes, until really creamy

  2. Add in one egg, mix until well incorporated, then add the other egg and mix well again

  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt. Mix until combined.

  4. Add in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts

  5. Using a very large scoop, divide the dough into 10 equal portions on a cookie tray and cover with a cling wrap

  6. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour

  7. While the dough is chilling preheat the oven to 375*F

  8. Spread out the scooped out cookie dough on two baking sheets , 5 on each sheet , spread out

  9. Bake cookies for 18 minutes, or until tops are browned

  10. Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating

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Comments 5

  1. Levain cookies are my favorite. After eating one in New York, I dreamed of them all day. These are the ultimate chocolate chip cookies for those of you living at high altitudes.

  2. 5 stars
    I haven’t been to Levain Bakery but I have heard about it and everyone raves. I know these cookies will be a huge hit in our home! My husband is a huge cookie lover and is already excited to try these beauties!

  3. 5 stars
    We are cookie-a-holics here and this recipe looks phenomenal!! Cannot wait to make a batch of these famous cookies!

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