Desserts | February 27, 2021

Small Batch Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you love Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies? Us too. But sometimes a full batch is, well, a full batch! Small Batch Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies are just the right size when you want a treat for two.

Small Batch Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

This small batch recipe is perfect when you’re home alone and get a craving for a melty chocolate chip cookie, but don’t want to make a huge mess or spend too much time in the kitchen! Also ideal after the kids go to bed and you want to make a treat to celebrate winning the day!

One Levain Bakery homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie

I don’t even use the mixer for this recipe. You need one bowl, a few ingredients, and less than 5 minutes to make this recipe.

cookie dough

After that, it’s 6-8 minutes in the oven and the hardest part… cooling time! I have been known to place the cookies in the fridge or freezer to speed up this process.

Levain Bakery Copycat cookies

Why a small batch? Good question. I usually feel like it is the same amount of work and mess to make a full batch of cookies. But, at times, I love this option for a recipe that makes two beautiful cookies without having to worry about the remaining dough!

Levain Bakery copycat recipe

Also, the struggle is real when baking a regular batch and you have 8 man- size (almost) half pound cookies sitting on your countertop!

This small batch recipe is the perfect amount for two people. Maybe one person, if you really, reeallly  love cookies🙂


How to Make Small Batch Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • Smash softened butter with a spoon in a medium size bowl. 
  • Add sugars, mash again until thoroughly mixed. Add egg, combine. 
  • Add all of the dry ingredients to the bowl. 
  • Fold together mixture until flour disappears and no white streaks are in dough. 
  • Cut the dough in half, or weigh two approximately 6 oz cookies and place on a baking sheet. 
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the top is set and golden. 
  • Let cookies cool for 30-60 minutes. 

Oh, and if you are wondering What is Levain Bakery? Here is the full article about how this copycat recipe came to be on A Bountiful Kitchen!  You will also love ABK’s other copycat Levain recipes: Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie, Levain Bakery Dark Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookie, and Levain Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Cookie .

5 from 4 votes

Small Batch Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you just want two Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies! This small batch recipe make two perfect gooey Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookies in minutes!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, chocolate chip, cookie, copycat recipe, levain bakery
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
cool time 30 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg (beat one egg and pour 2 tablespoons into measuring spoon)
  • 1/4 cup cake flour (or 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch and 1/4 cup sifted AP flour)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 generous pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, OR chopped pretzels
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon dark or light chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees* or 400 convection bake and set rack in center of the oven.

  2. Place the soft butter into a medium size bowl.

  3. Mash the butter with a large spoon. Add the sugars and mix well with spoon.

  4. Add 2 tablespoons beaten egg. Mix again.

  5. Add the remaining dry ingredients to the bowl.

  6. Fold wet and dry ingredients together until incorporated.

  7. Split the dough in half and place on a baking sheet, or line the baking pan with a sheet of parchment paper. Each piece should weigh approx 6 oz.

  8. Bake on center rack for 6-8 minutes or until top is set and no longer looks wet or shiny.

  9. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 or more minutes.

Recipe Notes

  • The temperature in the oven will vary according to your oven. I bake this cookie at 400 convection bake, but this may be too high for some ovens. If your oven tends to bake hot, try to lower the temperature 25 degrees. If you have convection, use it! Your cookies will bake more evenly using convection bake if it is available. 
  • If, after folding together the wet and dry ingredients, the dough looks very wet and sticky, you may sprinkle an additional tablespoon of all purpose flour over the dough and fold into dough. 
  • If you don’t like nuts, they may be substituted with pretzels. if you are using pretzels, chop coarsely and then measure. The pretzels weigh less than nuts, so the cookies will weigh less than 6 oz each cookie. 

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  1. Will be making these 2 cookies soon. Just want to thank you for reducing the normal size (huge) recipe down to 2-person portions. And, my already tight-fitting pants thank you, too. Want to try the cookies, and can always make a “huge” batch if my conscience allows. Thanks again.

  2. how can i get the cookies to not spread so far. they end up with a huge hump in the middle. 😑 but they taste great!

  3. I never have problems consuming or allocating a full batch, however, sometimes when my refrigerator gets depleted, that is when I can use a recipe like this. It is perfect. Thank you.

  4. 5 stars
    I made these last night and they were fantastic! I actually made 7 smaller cookies that were just the perfect size for a “dont feel guilty” treat!

  5. Do you think that you could possibly bake these two cookies on a square of parchment in an air fryer? I assume 400 degrees would also work here. Just hoping the parchment paper doesn’t go up in flames . . . Exciting baking!

  6. 5 stars
    I loved this small batch Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!!! I had such a craving for cookies but didn’t feel like baking for over an hour and it’s just my husband and I. These were so easy and they turned out perfect! I followed the recipe exactly as it was written. I love nuts but didn’t have any available so I liked the ability to swap them for pretzels. I baked them using convection for 6 minutes and they turned out beautifully! Just like mentioned in the recipe, the hardest part was waiting for them to cool! Thank you for another amazing recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I made the small bath levain cookies which was perfect! they were absolutely incredible, and tasted almost identical to NYC! Si works so hard and I appreciate all her hard work. She’s the nicest and always responds on insta. I cannot wait to make these more often. The only thing I will change is adding more chocolate chips.

  8. 5 stars
    Wow these turned out perfect! I will definitely be making these again. Thanks for the great recipe!