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February 16, 2012

Levain Bakery’s Chocolate Chip Cookie

by Anne Paddock

The quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie has ended.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I sent myself a gift box of cookies (this happens after 22 years of marriage) from Levain Bakery. Four monsterous 6-ounce cookies: Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin – wrapped in a beautiful white box with a blue bow were delivered to my door on one of my two favorite holidays (the other being Halloween).

Levain Bakery is located on the Upper West Side in New York City. Founded 18 years ago by Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes, Levain Bakery has a loyal following thanks to their artisan breads, cakes, scones, muffins, tarts, and cookies. According to the bakery website, the owners were training together for an Ironman competition, working day jobs, and making wholesale artisanal breads for restaurants in New York City when they “began a passionate dialog about creating the worlds’s greatest chocolate chip cookie.” The requirements: crisp on the outside, gooey on the inside and packed with semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnuts. Levain Bakery and their famous chocolate chip walnut cookie were born and they haven’t looked back since. A second storefront opened in Harlem and a seasonal store is open in the Hamptons.

CCW-400x400The cookies are made fresh daily on-site and can be purchased for $4 each.  The chocolate chip walnut cookie is the bakery’s signature cookie and really is “huge, thick, gooey but crisp on the outside.” For those of us not within walking distance of Levain Bakery, the cookies can be ordered on-line.

The cookies come in 4 ($22) , 8 ($44), and 12 ($66) count quantities and are wrapped in a clear plastic bag with a dark blue sheer bow, placed in a tissue-filled gift box, and finished with another blue bow . At $5.50 per cookie plus shipping, these are not cookies you want to share with the kids; better to enjoy them yourself or send as a decadent gift. At a whopping 6 ounces each, Levain Bakery’s chocolate chip walnut cookie is a meal for those that prefer to eat dessert first.

Levain Bakery
167 West 74th Street
New York City, New York 10023

Levain Bakery
2167 Ferderick Douglass Boulevard
New York, New York 10026

Levain Bakery
Wainscott Village Shopping Center
354 Montauk Highway
Wainscott, New York 11975

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