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Levain Bakery-Style Super-Thick Chocolate Chip Cookies Recip

8 servings

servings

12 hours 55 minutes

total time

Ingredients

4 ounces unsalted American butter (about 1/2 cup; 113g), softened to about 65°F (18°C)

4 ounces light brown sugar (about 1/2 cup, firmly packed; 113g)

3 1/2 ounces white sugar, preferably well toasted (about 1/2 cup; 100g)

1/2 ounce vanilla extract (about 1 tablespoon; 15g)

2 teaspoons (8g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use about half as much by volume or the same weight (plus more for sprinkling, if desired)

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of grated nutmeg

2 large eggs (about 3 1/2 ounces; 100g), straight from the fridge

10 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 cups, spooned; 283g), such as Gold Medal

15 ounces assorted chocolate chips (about 2 1/2 cups; 425g), not chopped chocolate; see note

8 1/2 ounces raw walnut pieces or lightly toasted pecan pieces (shy 1 3/4 cups; 240g)

Directions

To Prepare the Dough: Combine butter, light brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla extract, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.

Mix on low to moisten, then increase speed to medium and beat until soft, fluffy, and pale, about 8 minutes; halfway through, pause to scrape bowl and beater with a flexible spatula. With mixer running, add eggs one at a time, letting each incorporate fully before adding the next. Reduce speed to low, then add the flour all at once. When flour is incorporated, add chocolate chips and nuts and keep mixing until dough is homogeneous.

Divide dough into 8 equal portions (about 6 ounces/170g each) and round each into a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 12 hours before baking; if well protected from air, the dough can be kept in the fridge up to 1 week (see Make-Ahead and Storage).

To Bake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 350°F (180°C). Line an aluminum half-sheet pan with parchment paper. When the oven comes to temperature, arrange up to 4 portions of cold dough on prepared pan, leaving ample space between them to account for spread. If you like, sprinkle with additional salt to taste.

Bake until cookies are puffed and lightly brown, about 22 minutes, or to an internal temperature of between 175 and 185°F (79 and 85°C). The ideal temperature will vary from person to person; future rounds can be baked more or less to achieve desired consistency.

Cool cookies directly on baking sheet until no warmer than 100°F (38°C) before serving. Enjoy warm, or within 12 hours; these cookies taste best when freshly baked (see Make-Ahead and Storage).

Nutrition

Serving Size

Eight 6-ounce cookies

Calories

818 kcal

Total Fat

51 g

Saturated Fat

19 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat

-

Cholesterol

77 mg

Sodium

682 mg

Total Carbohydrate

92 g

Dietary Fiber

7 g

Total Sugars

57 g

Protein

10 g

8 servings

servings

12 hours 55 minutes

total time
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