I am now a loyal reader of NYC Food Guy aka Superman aka Lawrence. I've read about his love for Levain Bakery's cookies. I have a love of cookies, and decided to use a sunny Thursday afternoon to check them out. I purchased the Dark Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin cookie. At $3.75 a pop. It ended up being the old "Expectations vs Reality" and "Cookie vs Brownie and/or Scone" problem.
Now I believe that a good chocolate chip cookie is crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and, oh, I don't know, sort of flat and round. Levain Bakery appears to disagree. Their cookie is a blob of dough. I watched them measure out a blob of dough whilst waiting in the queue. As any baker knows, here's the problem with blobs of dough, the inside bakes unevenly. The inside of this cookie was more like a brownie. A delicious brownie, but still a brownie. Don't sell me a brownie when I want a cookie. Their cookies also don't appear to spread at all; I didn't see evidence of shortening, but one can suspect that it is in play.
I was very disappointed with the Oatmeal Raisin. Last I checked, an oatmeal raisin has oats, batter, and raisins. There were oats in there, but too far and few between to qualify this as an oatmeal cookie. It had the same "blob of dough that didn't spread" problem as the other cookie-like bakery good. The inside ended up a tad on the dry side due too lack of spreadage. Add on top that it tasted like and pretty much resembled a scone. Don't sell me a scone when I want a cookie.
The old "maybe I was expecting too much" debate played out in my head, but now, I don't think I was. I was sold on a cookie and what I got were a delicious brownie and dry scone. They were good and disappeared very quickly in my house, but the fam agreed that they should not have cookie labels attached to them.
167 W. 74th St (NE corner off Amsterdam)