Friday, June 17, 2011

divine cookies


ok, so typically i post healthy, wholesome recipes.  but you'll remember,  that my food philosophy is eat nutritious, natural foods 80% (or more) of the time and leave yourself 20% of wiggle room...

well, this post is about to consume all 20% of that wiggle room.  a month back, we visited friends in nyc, and they introduced us to levain bakery.  this whole-in-the-wall establishment on west 74th makes the most divine cookies i've ever, ever, ever eaten.


i searched the internet for the recipe, but (for good reason), they have it well protected.  but, i did stumble across a few copycat recipes and decided to try the most promising.  hello!  they weren't levain bakery good, but they were damn-near close.

so, here's the scoop
makes 10-12 cookies

preheat oven to 390 (yes, 390...)


1 c. butter (2 sticks)
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs

cream all above ingredients until fluffy


add:
2 c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1 tbsp. cornstarch

mix all ingredients until incorporated and a thick, creamy dough is created.

then mix in:
2 cups of oats

then i split the dough into equal parts.  and added separate mix-ins to each.


one 1/2 got 1 cup chocolate chips
the other 1/2 got 1 cup raisins


mix thoroughly and then pour onto countertop and knead dough to completely mix dough (this tip evidently comes from the levain ladies, themselves ; )


gently pull lemon-sized hunks of dough. be sure to keep the dough loose and airy and place the mounds on 2 cookie sheets.  you should get 10-12 cookies total.  (they are huge.)


bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating sheets once, until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.  (this recipe was adapted from cheeky kitchen's copycat cookie.)


then...come to mama!  enjoy!


on a different note, this weekend is my friend, cate's, wedding!  we've known each other for over 20 years, and i am super excited to celebrate with her tomorrow!  (i'll be posting pictures next week.)

what are you up to this weekend?  want a cookie?

13 comments:

  1. I just ate egg whites and turkey bacon, trying to stick with healthy foods and then I look at this post and I MUST.HAVE.COOKIES.NOW! Thanks Cailen! Lol! They look soooooo good!

    Have fun at the wedding this weekend! No many plans for me just relaxing :)

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  2. These seem like easy directions to follow and those cookies look delicious!!

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  3. YUM! those look SO good. i want to make them :) have fun at your friends wedding! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  4. Those look so gooey and delicious! I want to go bake cookies right now!!

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  5. Those look AMAZING. I like your 80/20 rule. My only real rule is natural/organic. I try to be balanced as possible, but a cookie or burger are never on the "bad" list for me unless it's processed or "fake". Once you learn to go organic, you never go back!

    Hope you have a wonderful day, Love.
    B.
    That Girl in Pearls

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  6. o my god these looks delicious! I'm going to try making them this week!

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  7. Thanks for following! Now following you!!

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  8. these look amazing!! just found your cute blog!! random side note, my hubby is in philly right now and i am going to see him next week! 1st time visiting..any suggestions of restaurants/things to do? we are staying around rittenhouse sq...thanks!!

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  9. Levain bakery is the bomb diggity! Best cookies ever, hands down. I've also attempted their recipe but the end result couldn't hold a candle. Oh well.

    I had chocolate chip cookies this weekend too. But mine were of the break-and-bake kind. Haha.

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  10. Thanks for following me! And mmmm to those cookies. It's not even 8am but I want one.

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  11. i live in peru right now and nobody has ovens and nobody bakes here - so this is killing me!!! DROOL!

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  12. Gnamiiiii what a delicious recipe!! i will do it ;)

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