If you're like me and Jon, you probably thought it was a joke when Bobby Flay's chocolate chip cookies lost to the Levain Bakery's chocolate chip cookies on Throwdown. We decided to test our hunch this afternoon.
Here's the "famous" Levain chocolate chip cookie. What to say? It's the perfect cookie...if you're looking for something that's simultaneously dry and underbaked. But, above all, this baby is bland. The cookie itself has no sweetness and absolutely no flavor. Except for an overabundance of chocolate chips and maybe a dozen or so walnut pieces, there's just nothing going on here. It's one of those cookies that has so much white flour in it that it leaves a glutenous film on your tongue. Thank goodness we got a couple bottles of water too!
Here's the Levain oatmeal raisin cookie. Hello...oatmeal? I think I spotted maybe four or five oats in this thing. And not a hint of cinnamon. You call this an oatmeal raisin cookie!? This one was slightly better than the chocolate chip cookie, but I have to say that neither is worth the cost: $3.75 apiece. Yes, you did read that correctly...three dollars and seventy-five cents...apiece! The cookies we bought at a kid's lemonade stand in Saratoga were
10 30 times better and were only a tiny fraction of the price: only 50¢ apiece. We think Bobby deserves a rematch!