If there is one style of cookie I’m currently obsessed with, it’s the Levain style cookies! Levain is a widely loved NYC bakeshop that features all the baked staples. It’s so good you’ll see it on tv left and right and everyone raves about this shop. So how did their cookie become so iconic?
I’ll tell you!
Everyone loves a classic chocolate chip cookie, but this approach is just next level. It features cake flour, which adds a lightness, lots of butter (needed), more brown sugar than white for more of a softer cookie texture, and the one strategy I love most is that they make the height of the cookie sky high. By adding height the inside cooks slower making it more of a doughy center. Last but not least, the temperature is key as its higher than traditional cookies at 410 degrees, giving you a crisp outer edge and just a slightly soft center.
The combination of all these variables truly delivers a fab cookie that will make you say, wow, I’m never going back to traditional cookies! When thinking of the next best variation I was eager to explore bars as I knew you could capture the same texture, and I was right!
For the flavor we decided to go with Salted Caramel Tahini Chocolate Chip! Sounds like a lot going on in one cookie, but I promise.. it all makes sense! The addition of salt to anything caramel or tahini is always a win, and to combine caramel and tahini together in one glorious bite with chocolate chips is an even bigger win! If you’re not familiar with tahini and chocolate in cookies, you’re missing out! For a long time I overlooked this combo as I didn’t see the appeal. However, they compliment each other so much it’s undeniably good. Even if you hate chocolate or tahini, you’ll be hooked instantly.
What’s fab about my these levain style cookie bars? Everything! It’s modeled after the most sought after recipe, features just flax eggs, can all be made in 1 bowl, you don’t have to sift in the dry ingredients, uses vegan butter and stevia sweetened chocolate chips, has tons of vegan caramels and toasted pecans. compromises nowhere with texture or flavor, it’s sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, perfect for any season, requires no chill time (thank goodness), it’s crispy on the outside and slightly soft on the inside, and just hands down such a win in the cookie department!
If you’re all about this style cookie, you have to try these new vegan Levain Style Salted Caramel Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!
In a small bowl combine the ground flax and water. Set aside to thicken. This will serve as the eggs in the cookie
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together cold cubed vegan butter, brown sugar, and white sugar for 2-4 minutes or until fluffy. Don’t over mix till its runny. Pro tip: Keep the butter in fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Add the flax egg mixture and vanilla, mix well (1 minute)
Now add the tahini, mix to combine (Few seconds)
In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients. Gradually add in the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in increments (flours, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt) mixing after each time just a little until combined. Avoid overmixing. Fold in chocolate chips, and chopped caramels.
Press into an 8 inch pan
Bake for 20 mins minutes or until golden brown on the top or a toothpick is inserted in the middle and comes out clean.
Let them rest for at least 10 minutes to set. Garnish with Maldon salt.The bars will seem not done, but will continue to cook once removed. Slice and enjoy!