For the First Time, DoubleTree by Hilton Reveals Official Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe so Bakers Can Create the Warm, Welcoming Treat at Home
The warm chocolate chip cookie welcome is synonymous with DoubleTree hotels worldwide, and travelers look forward to receiving one, fresh from the oven, upon their arrival.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Not into walnuts? Skip that ingredient and add two tablespoons of flour instead (to keep the dough from getting too runny). You’ll love this recipe just as much.
When you check in at one of more than 250 hotels run by this U.S. chain, you are handed a bag from a warming oven that contains two soft and delicious chocolate chip cookies. This is a tradition that began in the early 80s using a recipe from a small bakery in Atlanta. All of the cookies are baked fresh every day on the hotel premises. The chain claims to give out about 29,000 cookies every day. Raves for the cookies from customers convinced the hotel chain to start selling tins of the cookies online. But if you’ve got an insatiable chocolate chip cookie urge that can’t wait for a package to be delivered, you’ll want to try this cloned version. Just be sure to get the cookies out of the oven when they are barely turning brown so that they are soft and chewy in the middle when cool.
DoubleTree cookies have a passionate fan following and a long history. More than 30 million are consumed every year, and the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grind the oats in a food processor or blender until fine. Combine the ground oats with the flour, baking soda, salt, and
cinnamon in a medium bowl.
- Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and lemon juice in another medium bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs
and mix until smooth.
- Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend well. Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the dough and mix by hand
until the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Spoon rounded 1/4-cup portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the scoops about 2 inches apart. You don’t need
to press the dough flat. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until the cookies are light brown and soft in the middle. Store in a sealed
container when cool to keep the cookies soft.
Makes 20 cookies.