It might be a good time to start getting those arms in shape: Levain Bakery is about to release the holiday version of its famous, mountainous 6 ounce cookies. And it’s a good one.
On Monday, November 20, the Wainscott outpost of the Manhattan-spawned bakery will begin selling their new holiday flavor, dark chocolate peppermint.
The rich, Rocky Mountain-high cookie (seriously — you will need to break it into bites; we dare you to try to casually bite into this gorgeous monstrosity) has a texture somewhere between brownie and fudge, and is intermittently spiked with hits of peppermint, adding a bright, candy cane-like highlight into the dark chocolate.
While the cookies are also available for order online starting today, November 13, you may well want to head on over to the buzzy little cedar-shingled sweet shop, as they’re going to be creating a winter wonderland in their windows, à la Saks or Macy’s during the holidays.
Order the cookies à la carte, or ask for them to be packed in their new limited edition holiday tin for an extra $15 beyond the cost of the baked goods. Also available this year will be custom-made Levain Bakery holiday ornaments ($20): a felt cookie (naturally!) and a New York City taxi cab with a Christmas tree on top, each one hand-embroidered by Craftspring.
Levain Bakery was started by Pam Weeks and Connie McDonald, friends and competitive swimmers/triathletes who found themselves talking more about baking techniques than lap stats. They opened the first Levain on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1995, initially baking bread and then moving onto their signature 6 ounce cookies.
A great gift for Christmas or Hannukah gift, Levan also has offers a fun Cookie Club service, so your favorite sweetheart with a sweet tooth can get a surprise assortment of eight different cookies for a month or every month of the year ($44.10/month on sale currently).
Levain Bakery’s Wainscott store is located at 354 Montauk Highway, 631-604-1423.