Levain Bakery

I am slightly obsessed with desserts. So much, that now I have to worry that I have borderline gestational diabetes (obviously, not awesome). I live to eat sweets — I have the biggest sweet tooth ever and feel that my meal is not finished unless I have a nibble of sugar. One of my favorite treats is a cookie from a bakery on the Upper West Side, Levain Bakery. The bakery is a true New York City establishment. ┬áTucked away at the bottom of a brownstone building, the little tiny room barely holds more than 10 people either waiting in line or sitting on bar stools chowing on their cookies. Often times, there is a wait up the stairs to the sidewalk because the cookies are just that good. AND HELLS YEAH, they are that good.

The tiny little entrance down to the bakery.


The steep stairs. Don't go with a stroller.


Sampling of goodies.


Stacks of pans of cookies

They offer four cookie options — all of which are delicious. Chocolate Chip Walnut (my least favorite), Double Chocolate, Oatmeal Raisin, and Peanut Butter chocolate (my favorite). They are $4 per cookie but the cookie lasts several days — I have no idea what would happen if you consumed an entire cookie in one sitting…..The cookies are so moist and soft that they honestly melt in your mouth. SO good, I tell you. Levain also sells other products — coffee, bread, scones — but the cookies are where it is at and SHOULD NOT BE MISSED.

I like to buy a box of four (they tie it up with a pretty blue ribbon) — 2 Oatmeal Raisin and 2 Peanut Butter Chocolate. It takes our family about a week to eat 2 of them, and then I freeze the other two cookies, so I can have them whenever I want. When I want to eat the frozen cookies, I simply take them out and microwave them and they taste just like the fresh ones. (Yes, I hoard certain items in the house — wild blueberry jam, peanut butter, granola, toothpaste, Almond Milk, and Levain Cookies to name a few).


Pandora's Box

Inside the box....once you try, you cannot stop.


TADA! HEAVEN!!!!!! My sugar levels just spiked looking at this image and I want to eat one so badly right now!! SO GOOD!

Even if you don’t live in NYC, you can buy them online here. Not a cheap cookie option because you have to pay for overnight shipping, but they are a great gift or package for yourself when you need to wallow your sorrows in chocolate (nothing wrong with that). Trust me, buy them and treat yourself to a scrumptious dessert.


LORDIE SO DELISH! Worth evey calorie.

Have a great weekend!


Of course, my little monkey loves Levain cookies too. Who doesn't?

Anika Yael Natori, aka The Josie Girl.

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  1. Levain is the best. I am amazed there wasn’t a line out the door when you went! The scones are really good too.

  2. levain is the best.. I love how they wrap the cookies. the box makes it seem more special.. love, JG!

  3. Oh my goodness those cookies look like HEAVEN! I am adding this to my NYC to do list next time I am visiting!

  4. WOW!! Your son is so cute and those cookies look AMAZING! Do they make birthday cakes?

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