Saturday, 18 August 2012

Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies


The New York Journey (Part two): The search for Levain’s Bakery was a pretty straightforward one. You can’t go possibly wrong with a city map in one hand and streets that are arranged in ascending or descending order. 

Located at 167 West 74th Street, on the Upper Westside neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, this famous bakery was opened by Constance McDonald and Pamela Weekes in 1995. They first started out selling artisan bread but were soon world famous for their 6 ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. What started out as a cookie big enough to offset their rigorous training for a triathlon is now a signature item in their bakery!! 

The smell of freshly baked cookies filling the vicinity gave clue that my destination was no more than a stone throw away. It was a petit cafe with no more than 4 counter seats facing the exterior of the shop. Priced at $3.75 per cookie ( I think they have increased it to $4 now), you might find that it is rather pricey for “ a cookie”. But this is no ordinary cookie. It is a giant cookie the size of your palm that weighs about 5 lbs ( No joke, those two cookies I bought lasted me 2 days!). Each cookie packs around 600-800 calories as well. Both these astounding fact makes it a pretty solid justification for the hefty price. 

Crisp on the exterior, gooey in the interior with heaps of melted chocolate and chunks of walnut, I tried to re-create that awesome feeling I had while enjoying one in the cold. However, I made them into bite size cookies- easy for distributing the love around. Hehe

Baked with Love: Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with melted chunks of chocolate waiting to be dunk in a glass of cold milk. YUMS! 



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