Sinfully Delicious MONSTER Cookies!
After indulging on ice cream at Emack & Bolios, we walked down Amsterdam to Levain Bakery. THE bakery to end all bakeries! I've heard that people see visions of unicorns and rainbows while eating...wait...EXPERIENCING these cookies!
We walked by the store because I missed the street number, I was in an ice cream TRANCE! My brother saw a line of people and, naturally, it was Levain!
This is an incredibly small bakery with enough standing room for MAYBE five people in front of the counter. The service is a study of efficiency - it did not take long for us to place our orders for the plump $4 cookies that look like SCONES!! Sorry to those with nut allergies - there are no plain chocolate chip cookies, only walnut chocolate chip. There are also double chocolate, oatmeal raisin and chocolate peanut butter.
I knew I wanted to get the CLASSIC...the LEGENDARY walnut chocolate chip cookie! This cookie requires two hands - it is SO HEAVY! SO FULL OF FLAVOR! OMG!
Look at this delicious cross-section of the cookie goodness - YUMMY! The cookie is dense, moist, flavorful and what every single damn cookie should strive to be when it grows up. I was shocked that the chocolate chips remained melty - how?? Also, how does the outside get such a wonderful crunch and texture while the inside stays slightly underdone - is it from the walnuts? I don't care. I JUST ENJOY IT.
Although Levain is out of the way (unless you live on the West Side), it is worthy of a pilgrimage. These cookies are HEAVENLY!