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

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?


  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 :)

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

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

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

  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.
    That Girl in Pearls

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

  7. Thanks for following! Now following you!!

  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!!

  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.

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

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

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


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