Giant Carob Cookies

Giant Carob Cookies

You probably don’t remember but a long time ago I posted about trying Levain Bakery’s oatmeal raisin cookies. If you are unfamiliar with their cookies, they are very famous as being some of the best cookies ever. The bakery is in New York City and they ship their cookies nationwide. The only chocolate-free ones available to order were the oatmeal raisin.

I ordered them and was so excited. They were huge, my favorite trait in a cookie. But when I tried them I was very disappointed and didn’t even finish one. I didn’t understand the hype.

Giant Carob Cookies

The cookie I really wanted to try was their Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, named by Rocco DiSpirito as the best thing he’s ever eaten. Alas, that couldn’t happen.

Until now, when the cookie gods led me to carob and Brown Eyed Baker’s recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies, a Levain copycat recipe. Sure, I didn’t make them for awhile afraid all the work would be for nothing and I wouldn’t like them just like the oatmeal raisin.

Giant Carob Cookies

Giant Carob Cookies

But that did not happen. These are the best cookies ever. These are the kind of cookies you lose all cool with when you eat them. You stand over the piping hot tray and burn your mouth while stuffing an entire giant cookie into your mouth in a flash and having to force yourself to go in the other room so you don’t devour another. Not that I would know anything about this 😉

I was going to use peanut butter chips, but realized I was out, so I used a mixture of carob and white chocolate. Best. Decision. EVER. These cookies are like a brownie and a molten cake and everything I’ve ever wanted in food and cookies and really life.

Giant Carob Cookies

So seriously, make these cookies. Now. And if you want to be all normal boring, feel free to use cocoa powder and chocolate chips.

Giant Carob Cookies

Giant Carob Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies


2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs

½ cup carob powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup carob chips

1 ½ cups white chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer would also work. Beat in eggs until well combined, followed by vanilla. Stir in the flour until just combined, then mix in the carob and white chocolate chips. Stir until fully distributed.

Divide the dough into 12 roughly equal portions. Place on the baking sheet.

Bake for 16 to 20 until the tops of the cookies are starting to set. Eat warm or cool completely on the tray. Cookies may be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave for about 30 seconds.


Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

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  1. Wow — these look seriously good. Seriously. Good. 😉 Terrific recipe — thanks.

  2. These cookies look amazing! I love my desserts to be BIG 😉

  3. Beth says:

    Wow, these cookies sound fantastic! I must admit I’m a bit nervous about baking with carob, but maybe I should give it a try. So glad you like this version.

    • Laura says:

      I swear that you won’t be able to tell the difference between chocolate and carob. It’s crazy how alike they are. Everyone I’ve give carob anything to has been impressed.

  4. Debbie Eccard says:

    Such good decisions you make in your baking!! These look amazing and while not as easy as your Flourless Triple Peanut Butter Cookies, I just may have to make them. You know my addiction to peanut butter….and chocolate (although I know this is carob)

    • Laura says:

      These are not quite as easy, but they are not very difficult to make and so worth it. You would love them, although I know you don’t like things that are too rich, so you might want to share or make them smaller and reduce the baking time.

  5. here’s the problem with ordering Levain cookies: they’re ordered and thusly not perfectly fresh and warm. That’s when the magic happens.

    Also…yeah…oatmeal raisin is the least good option.

    I’m SO glad you were able to make these carob copy cats so you could get an idea of the DELICIOUSNESS! They look fantastic!

    • Laura says:

      I typically have good luck with ordering things, but I hear what you’re saying. And I definitely believe oatmeal raisin is not the best!

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