Chocolate Nirvana?

A few weeks ago I watched an episode of the Food Network channel's The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Chocolate.

Now anyone who knows me knows I love chocolate, so this episode was pure heaven. The one that stuck with me the most was the Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie from Levian Bakery in New York City.

The ooey-gooey centers were just too much for me to resist... and while I do encourage everyone to support small businesses and buy cookies directly from Levain. However, I couldn't help but to find a way to make my own version.

Google is my friend. I came across Sprinkle Massacre's blog and a copycat version of Levian's cookies. So today, while I'm home, I thought I'd give them a try (I have edited the below to be accurate with what I have done this afternoon. See Sprinkle Massacre for her recipe)


1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, very small cubed
1¼ cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup cocoa powder
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. coarse salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. 

Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended. Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated.

Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.

Using an average ice cream scoop divide the dough into equal portions. Freeze the balls until they are hard, but no icicles form on them. I only froze them for 45min or so (one NCIS episode), but you can choose to do so longer.

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Place on the prepared baking sheets, a few inches apart (the first time I only did 6 to a large tray, because I was unsure how far they'd spread. Turns out they don't really spread at all so the next batch I put more on the sheet). Bake 17 minutes.

Let cool on the baking sheets 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I have one thing to say about these Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, they are A-MAZ-ZING!

They may or may not be anything like cookies that Levian Bakery makes but I really don't care. The outside snaps and is crisp as you bite into it. The inside is gooey and melted and just oozes in every bite. This is a keeper of a recipe and totally Chocolate Nirvana.


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