Matt and I stopped twice for cookies as we toured around New York on Friday because I really, really love cookies.
First stop: Levain Bakery.
Levain’s cookies are widely known and their CCCs even one of the 10 chocolate chip cookies worth travelling for according to National Geographic.
We bought 4 cookies for my cousins who we were staying with for the weekend and ate one ourselves: a Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip.
The cookie is huge! And for $4 it damn well better be. You could easily share it 3 ways. Maybe it has to be that big to get the amazing consistency that they manage to achieve: a very thin and crispy outside layer with a chewy fudge-like inside that has more in common with cookie dough than cookies (mmm… cookie dough).
I wish I bought some to take home with me. In the meantime I’ve been researching Levain bakery copycat recipes. These ones looks promising.
Next stop: Bouchon Bakery.
The cool thing about Bouchon Bakery is that they have their own cookbook so you can make a lot of their recipes at home and save yourself some dough (pun intended). But if you’re like me and everything you make looks ugly, then maybe you’d like to indulge in a pretty macaron or cookie from time to time.
I’ve made Bouchon’s homemade oreos before, multiple times in fact because they are so good. I’ve made Thomas Keller (the genius behind Bouchon)’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe as well and I’ve had the recipe for their homemade nutter butters pinned for far too long now without having made them.
So when we found ourselves in busy Rockefeller Centre in need of hydration and a snack we stopped at Bouchon Bakery which was also on my list of bakeries to visit in New York (yes, I literally have a list).
I ordered a Better Nutter, their take on the nutter butter, for $4 (apparently $4 is the going rate for a cookie in the Big Apple).
The Better Nutter was even bigger than the Levain bakery cookie (though, functionally, I can’t see why) so even sharing it Matt and I only managed to eat half. It was really good though. The peanut butter frosting is tasty and the oatmeal/peanut butter cookie is soft and delicious.
I’m definitely going to get another cookie at their Las Vegas location when I’m there this fall.
Which is better?
If someone offered me one or the other I’d choose Levain. Though I love Bouchon’s twist on the classic store-bought cookies, I really like cookies with chips in them and the cookie dough texture of Levain’s cookie. I wish I had one right now.