Levain Bakery Copycat Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Thick, rich, and chewy, these chocolate peanut butter chip cookies will have you thinking you’re sitting on West 74th Street at the popular New York City bakery.

Hands holding a cookie split in half.

Levain Bakery Cookie

Hi friends! Today I’m talking about my favorite copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip cookie!

Forgive my absence from writing this past month! I was out of town for work a little more than usual, and I’ve also been in town baking cakes and teaching cake classes. I have so many new cake flavor ideas I’m dying to test out and share with you! But I had to put those on hold for a bit longer. I was recently in New York where I visited (again) the popular Levain Bakery. After getting home I simply couldn’t wait another minute to recreate their Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie. This is one of my all-time favorite cookies EVER!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip

I know Levain is probably best known for their Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie, but in my opinion the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie takes the cake! (Their oatmeal raisin and dark chocolate peanut butter cookies are pretty amazing, too!) Maybe I’m a little biased because I’m shamelessly obsessed with peanut butter. There must be something about peanut butter, as even The Silos have a peanut butter based Magnolia cookie – I have a copycat recipe for that one as well. But even non-obsessed PB fans love this cookie because it’s simply delicious!

My recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cookies based on Levain Bakery cakebycourtney.com

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

Like the classic Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie is slightly undercooked on the inside, but perfectly cooked on the outside. (They are literally baked to order!) The cookie is filled with baking chips, making it thick and rich!

Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cakebycourtney.comTesting ingredients

Recreating anyone’s cookie without the actual recipe is not an easy task. My friend Si, from A Bountiful Kitchen, spent hours and hours recreating the Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie. She does an amazing job at recreating it! But based on her experience, I knew it was a mountain to climb – mostly because people’s expectations would be so high.
Lucky for me, my best friend Lisa is also obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate. I brought Lisa one of these cookies after a trip to New York and she was also eager to create a copycat! As she ate her first version of the cookie together, we looked at each other with the same thought in our mind, “why are we not saving one of the cookies to compare all our versions to?”.
Well, obvi – because the cookie is so flippin’ good! It’s literally impossible to think of anything else but eating the cookie while you’re eating it! Oh well. We got started right away on a recipe while the memory of the cookie was still fresh in our minds.
Cookies on a plate.

Getting it Just Right

Lisa took the first try at the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cookie was a great starting point. I made the cookie three more times, with small variations each time. Some of those changes involved adjusting some of the all-purpose flour and cake flour ratios, as well as the amount of baking powder. I wanted to be sure these cookies are nice and thick, but not too dense. I also decided to increase the amount of kosher salt and the peanut butter chips (not sure you need a reason for that).
The outside of the cookie was getting too crisp, and so Lisa and I agreed that the baking temperature was too high. In other versions of this recipe people use 400 degrees F. To solve this, we decreased the baking temperature from 400 to 375 degrees F.
Packing a punch
Levain is known for the massive size of their cookies. They don’t mess around, people! Each cookie is weighed out to 5.75 ounces before going on the baking sheet. That sounds huge, but it makes the cookie what it is.
The Levain cookies are also known for being packed with baking chips (and nuts, in some cases). For my copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip cookies, the chips and nuts help to create the height. I put nearly a bag and a half of peanut butter chips in my cookies here, which I think is perfection! 
Cookie split in half.
Let me know what you think!
Hands holding a cookie split in half.

Copycat Levain Bakery Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

4.91 from 33 votes
Thick, rich, and chewy, these chocolate peanut butter chip cookies will have you thinking you’re sitting on West 74th Street at the popular New York City bakery.


  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (76.6 g) cake flour
  • 3/4 cup (88.5 g) dark cocoa powder (I use Extra Brute Cacao Powder – Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder is a good alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) baking soda
  • 14 tablespoons (197.75 g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup (220 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 bag 10 oz., plus ⅓ cup Reese’s Peanut Butter baking chips*


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Combine the all-purpose flour, cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium sized bowl. Whisk together. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cold butter and sugars and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the whole egg and egg yolk and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again for about 30 more seconds.
  • Turn the mixer on low speed and add the dry ingredients in three separate additions, only mixing until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Stir in the peanut butter chips.
  • Measure 5.75 oz. of cookie dough and shape into balls. Place 4 cookie dough balls on the baking sheet and bake for 11 minutes. 
  • Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes and then serve while still warm. To eat later, heat a cookie in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds. 
  • *Please don’t use any other brand but Reese’s! I’ve tried every peanut butter baking chip out there and these are simply the best. They make a huge difference to the flavor of the cookie and any other peanut butter chip just wouldn’t be the same.
  • **This is about a bag and a half.

Courtney Rich

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  1. 5 stars
    Spot on for levain copycat, however I cut the cookie size down and made 14 with this recipe… still may be a little large!

  2. I doubled the recipe and for some reason, they turned out too dry. The cookies didn’t even spread in the oven, they remained ball shaped 🙁 I’m still waiting for them to cool but I’m worried that they are all crumbly and falling apart because of being too dry 🙁

    1. 3 stars
      This happened to me, too! I didn’t double the batch though. I made a single batch weighing everything to the exact amounts in the recipe. I was very careful. They did taste amazing, but the texture was like an old ball of clay.

      I made the recipe again thinking I did something wrong the first time. But, nope, second time – same result. The dough was dry and clumpy. I fixed it by adding a half stick of butter and another egg (I melted the butter and whisked it with the egg before adding them to the dough). I made the balls half as big the recipe said and baked them for 9 minutes rather than 11 minutes. I don’t know if what I made the second time is like the Levain cookies (I’ve never had those), but they are very delicious and they probably won’t last the weekend!

  3. These are awesome! I froze most of the dough balls, but wonder if I’ll have to thaw before baking or can I bake from frozen? Change the oven temp or timing at all? Thank you.

  4. 5 stars
    This was such an easy recipe to follow! Loved loved loved the cookies. And you are totally right about the pb chips! They make the biggest difference. Thanks for taking the time to figure this recipe out!

  5. 4 stars
    I followed your recipe to the tee (in grams) and it came out short of 3oz. I got 7 cookies at 5.75oz and left with 2.75oz scrapping the bowl. I wonder what if did wrong? Will be baking it this afternoon.

  6. I had a question- were the grams measurements ones you did on a scale or just converted later? Because I basically hit 3/4c at ~40 grams and a little lost on how you got to ~80? Which should I default to, c or g?

  7. 5 stars
    This is the second time I’ve made these cookies and they are a perfect dupe for the Levain version! I used the volume measurements instead of weighing them and spooned and leveled the flours. I added 2 tbsp of espresso (freshly brewed and allowed to cool) to help with the dryness of the dough. I only had one bag of the Reese’s chips, so I subbed 1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. I also refrigerated the dough for about an hour before baking.

    Instead of making the large levain style cookie, I rolled about 2 tbsp of dough into balls and then slightly flattened them (like a hockey puck) before baking. These cookies don’t spread much so I found the flattening made for a more traditional looking cookie. The key is not to over bake them! For the 2 tbsp cookies I did about 10 minutes. They’re perfect!

  8. 5 stars
    Man, these are some of the best cookies I have EVER had- and I bake cookies quite frequently. They are super easy and quick to make, especially because the butter doesn’t have to come to room temperature! The dough is thick and super tasty, and since I only had one bag of peanut butter chips, I added in some dark chocolate chunks. I weighed them out, slapped them on a pan and baked them for 11 minutes which was perfect. Take note that they don’t spread-like, at all- so I flattened the next batch a bit before sliding them in the oven. Once they came out, I did sprinkle them with some Maldon sea salt, just because I like some salt to balance out the sweet flavor. I could barely wait ten minutes to let them cool, but as soon as the timer went off, we all dug in, and they did not disappoint! They were so thick, gooey, and decadent, with delicious little pops of salt and peanut butter. Everybody declared them to be some of the best cookies they had ever had! I will be making these again and again!

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