Big Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have a hankering for a giant chocolate chip cookie, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe is for yet another Levain Bakery copycat… I made these because after tasting the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Levain knock-off, Brian was yearning for a HUGE regular chocolate chip cookie. I had to oblige him, right?

I headed back to Lisa’s blog and read through her Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie recipe. I used this as my base and tweaked it a bit, of course leaving out the walnuts for Brian. The results were absolutely amazing… especially after leaving the dough in the fridge overnight. These are now Brian’s favorite chocolate chip cookies, making the Extraordinary Chocolate Chip Cookies fall down a notch to second place.

Do they compare to Levain’s Chocolate Walnut Cookies? Again, I have no clue because I have never tasted one… maybe I need to order some Levain cookies so I have a baseline to compare to? Honestly this recipe is so impressive I really don’t care if they are an accurate copycat or not!

If you have a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur in your family, definitely give this recipe a try…they are huge, gooey and chocolatey, so really what’s not to love?

Big Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 12-14 Cookies


2 sticks cold and cubed unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon table or fine sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups good quality semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle, cream together butter and sugars until well blended and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mix in vanilla and beat until well incorporated.

2. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips/chunks and nuts.

3. Transfer dough to clean work surface and gently mix dough by hand to ensure even distribution of ingredients.

4. Weigh out the dough into 4 ounce portions and gently roll into a ball. (I got ten 4 ounce cookies out of this dough).

5. Place each on sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven 15-20 minutes depending on how gooey and rawish you like the interior, until very lightly browned, taking care not to overbake. I baked mine for 16 minutes, which seemed to be perfect in my oven.

6. Let cool on rack and store what you don’t immediately eat in an airtight container.


- These are best eaten on the day they are made (ESPECIALLY warm out of the oven – like most chocolate chip cookies).
- To freshen them after a few days (if they last that long), give them a quick nuke in the microwave for 5-10 seconds.
- I did not attempt to make these smaller than 4 ounces. I am sure they will be equally as amazing, you'll just have to play with the baking time.


97 Responses to “Big Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Michelle — September 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I love trying all kinds of chocolate chip cookie recipes, too. There’s always that search for the perfect one! I made these last weekend and added chopped up Riesen candies to half the batter. Next time I make them, I’ll have to be sure to just press them into the top of each ball because they spread across the pan if they were on the side. The addition definitely put them over the top though. They were a huge hit at my family’s cookout. There wasn’t a single cookie left!


  2. Pretty. Good. Food. — January 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I know since it’s January 1st I am NOT supposed to be thinking about chocolate chip cookies, but I’m sorry, these just look so freakin’ good!
    Maybe my “more treadmill, less cookies” resolution will have to wait until next week ;)


  3. Crystal — January 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I made these yesterday and they are gooooood! I added 1 cup of oatmeal and used 2 cups all-purpose flour + 3/4 cup whole wheat flour. Thanks for the recipe!!


  4. Stacy — January 3, 2011 at 1:08 am

    I made these cookies today for my family & they were incredibly scrumptious! I also linked some love back to your website from my blog. Take care & thanks for sharing your incredible recipes!


  5. Corrine — January 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Oh wow, these look yummy! I am a sucker for chocolate chip cookies, going to make these on the weekend


  6. Honeybee Sweets — January 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Like so many others, I’m obsessed with chocolate chip cookies and love, love, love finding new variations. I need to make cookies for a BBQ this weekend, and these look too good to dismiss. :)


  7. Mollie — January 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I made them (but smaller)! They were delish – thanks for the recipe!


  8. Patty — January 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I just made these and I used a mixed of chocolate chips; white, milk and semi, along with some chocolate crunch leftover cereal in place of the nuts…………….they are soooooo delish! Especially, after shoveling for 3 hours this morning! Thank you!


  9. Angela Schrader — January 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I have been drooling over this recipe for a while and finally got the chance to make them.

    OH MUH GAWWWWWWWWWWD these are so good! I tweaked my recipe just a tad, but holy moly. So yummy!

    LOVE IT! Please keep posting wonderful goodness :)


  10. Lori H — March 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    These were absolutely delicious!!!!!!!! This is my new favorite recipe! It got rave reviews from this household of chocolate chip cookie lovers!!!!


  11. Taylor — March 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I made these tonight….SO stinkin’ good!! Thanks for the amazing recipe!


  12. April — April 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    These look wonderful! What method do you use to measure your flour? Do you know the equivalent ounces or grams of flour for this recipe? I love my kitchen scale and get more consistent results when I use it over measuring cups. I can’t wait to try these, thanks!


  13. Laura — April 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    It’s been a really long time since I’ve made chocolate chip cookies, but these were amazing! I’m more of a cupcake/cake baker, so I couldn’t tell if my cookies were done or not… Needless to say, I’ve overcooked so many cookies in the past (waiting for that golden brown like I do for cupcakes!), and I think I did good by your recipe! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes posted. I love your shots of your finished products!

    p.s. I teach middle school too!


  14. Shayna — April 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I just made these for my husband and I. INCREDIBLE! Possibly the best cookie I’ve ever had in my life. It was one of those food experiences, where you chew slowly and close your eyes and don’t speak when spoken to. New favorite in our house :) Thank you!


  15. kim — June 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I was looking to make my husband some fabulous, super sensational chocolate cookies for father’s day that took nestle toll house to the next level and these did just that! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. A keeper forever!


  16. Jo — June 20, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Made these for Father’s Day…They were a hit.
    Best tasting Chocolate Chip Cookie I’ve had in a long time.
    Thanks for sharing…this one is a keeper.


  17. Shelly — August 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Had a question about refrigerating the cookies……….do you refrigerate the dough before you shape them or can you shape them into balls and then refrigerate overnight?


    • Jamie — August 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

      I refrigerate the dough overnight in a mixing bowl. Then form the dough into balls the following day. You may have to let it set at room temperature for a little bit before creating the dough balls.

  18. Arielle — August 11, 2011 at 12:15 am

    My cookies didn’t turn out puffy like yours, but they are oooooo sooo goood!!! I LOVE this recipe!! The cookies are chewy, and buttery, and I love the hint of saltiness. 5 star recipe!


  19. Amber — September 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!! I literally just baked them and they are to die for. I did have one question though, your dough balls look firm and like they were easy to roll into balls. My dough was extremely gooey and I could not roll them into balls so I just dopped them onto the sheet. How did you get that consistency to roll?


    • Amber — September 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

      Just saw the comment above! I will try refrigerating the dough next time!

  20. Brittany — February 2, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I just made these and they are actually INCREDIBLE! New favorite cookie! Thanks for the recipe!


  21. Kaycee — February 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I followed the recipe..or so I thought.. My cookies did not even come close to looking like yours! I did notice they were more gooey , but I thought ” oh well.. i’ll just try it “. I looked at all of the ingredients and that is exactly what I put, Is it possible that I mixed them too much?


  22. Angela — February 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    I posted a year ago and said how good these were and have made them a bunch of times. Always delicious.
    Today I added coconut and pecans and man, they were even tastier! Just wanted to share again :)


  23. Becca — March 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Cookies turned out….unique to say the least. Very doughy and not much flavor.


  24. Char — December 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Made these last night they are soo yummy huge hit.


  25. Aya B. — July 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I never say no to any cookie recipe


  26. Rita — December 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I tried to down load this recipe and I got the pictures but no recipe! Do you know what happened?

    Thank you,


  27. Maria — February 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    As the snow continues to fall here, I needed some cookie therapy to break me of my winter blues. This recipe (and I have tried a lot of chocolate chip recipes) was very, very good. I love walnuts in my cookies and was happy I didn’t have to let the dough sit overnight in the refrigerator or have room temperature butter (who can remember to take it out, not me anyway.) Thanks, love your blog.


  28. Shannon — August 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    My daughter, Molly, and I just made these! They are perfect! So yummy… thank you!


  29. Leese — May 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I would like to make these…..did anyone weigh their ingredients? If so how did they turn out?

    Thanks for sharing!



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