Aug 13, 2021

Review: Levain Bakery - Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Levain (pronounced "luh ven" apparently) Bakery is a small chain of bakeries located mostly in New York but have recently selling smaller versions of their signature cookies frozen in 8-count boxes exclusively at Whole Foods. I remember the original cookies being pretty good when I ate them ages ago so I picked up a box of the Chocolate Chip Walnut variety.

I paid $9.99 for a 16-oz box, which is not cheap but not that bad when you consider that a 7-oz package of Tate's Bake Shop cookies are $4.59 at Target.

The smaller versions are a lot smaller (2 ounces each) than the the ones you buy at the bakery, which makes sense as the original cookies weigh in at a hefty 6 ounces each.

The packaged Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are fully baked out of the box so you just have to heat them from frozen, which takes like 5 to 7 minutes in the toaster oven.

Out of the oven, you get a piping hot cookie with a crispy exterior and a gooey center with fully melted chocolate chips. The chocolate was of pretty good quality (smooth and not too sweet), the walnuts were sizable and crunchy, and the cookie itself was buttery but not overly so. In short, you get a small but tall cookie with quite a variety of texture and flavors.

Overall, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies turned out excellently. I actually like them better than I remember their bigger counterparts being as there's a better balance between the crispy crust and gooey insides (the bigger versions have a lot more of the gooey and moist insides to the point that it felt a somewhat cake- or brownie-like). As long as you have a toaster oven or air fryer, it's really convenient to heat these up one at a time if you want to stretch out the box.

Nutritional Info - Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Serving Size - 1 cookies (57g)
Calories - 260 (from Fat - 130)
Fat - 14g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 55mg
Carbs - 31g (Sugar - 19g)
Protein - 4g

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