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santa's chocolate chip cookies

Santa's Chocolate Chip Cookies


Santa's Chocolate Chip Cookies are just as delicious as those made at Levain Bakery in New York City!  They're crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside, which makes the perfect treat for Santa and his elves. 


  • 2 sticks cold butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups White Lily all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounce bar dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped (use walnuts if preferred)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. With a mixer, cream the butter with both sugars until fluffy. Add vanilla.
  3. Add eggs and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix gently on low speed until incorporated. Try not to overmix.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips, chocolate chunks and pecans.  Mix with hands until evenly distributed.
  6. Roll batter into large, loose balls.  Place 8 balls on an ungreased cookie sheet (ad) at least 2 inches apart. 
  7. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes on middle rack until slightly brown on edges.
  8. Allow cookies to cool for 10 minutes on cookie sheet (ad) until set before eating.
  9. Repeat process for a total of 16 large cookies.


Use cold butter and high heat for best results.  

Ovens vary. You may need 1 to 2 more minutes of cooking time if your cookies are larger than mine. But do not bake until cookies are totally brown or they will be too hard. 

Cookies are best when eaten warm.  After cookies cool completely, reheat in microwave for 15 seconds to achieve a melted center. 

This recipe makes 16 large cookies or 36 small cookies when using a 1 inch cookie scoop. If baking smaller cookies, reduce baking time to 7 minutes. 

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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