DoubleTree Hotel’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

I feel like I can hear what you are thinking. “Yet another chocolate chip cookie recipe… So, what is new?”

Hang on a second. Please, hear me out.

This is not your regular chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is THE BEST one.

 

Get the recipe for Doubletree Hotel's Chocolate Chip Cookies.

In the beginning of 1980s most luxury hotels started offering amenities to their VIP guests. If you were considered as a VIP, after a long day of traveling or working, you would come to your room to find a cheese plate with a bottle of chilled Chardonnay waiting for you. When hotels figured out that it is such a great marketing tool that creates loyal customers, they started amenity programs for children, for pets, for health conscious guests, etc.

The best part of it was that it was a very cost effective marketing tool if planned and executed in the right way to bring people back to your hotel.

DoubleTree Hotel's Chocolate Chip Cookies

In mid 1990s, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels took this idea of “offering something for free as a way of making people feel like a VIP” to another level. They started offering these amazing cookies to everyone who comes to stay in their hotels.

Think about it for a second.

Most everyone loves a good chewy, freshly baked, still warm chocolate chip cookie. Right?
They knew that there was nothing better than the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to make people feel like they are home. So they decided that every guest who stays in their hotel should be treated as a VIP and therefore, should be served a delicious chocolate chip cookie that was freshly baked.

This marketing program was a success. You know why? Because I was working for a different hotel chain at the time and I remember some of our loyal guests leaving our hotel to stay there just because they loved those cookies.

DoubleTree Hotel's Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I took my first bite, I knew why they left. These cookies are, literally, mind blowing. Anybody I serve these cookies tells me that they are the best chocolate chip cookies that they have ever had. They, also, ask for the recipe.

It never fails.

It was not easy to find the recipe as it has, understandably, been kept as a big secret. Throughout the years, I found a couple of recipes online and made them. Of all the recipes I tried, this one is almost identical to the one that they serve at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels.

Today, according to their website, they give out close to 60,000 chocolate chip cookies a day adding up to 21 million cookies a year throughout their properties from U.S. to China.

These DoubleTree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies are just the right mix of chewy and crisp, with a bittersweet piece of chocolate in every bite.

For me, they are the epitome of the kind of chocolate cookie that demands to be dunked into a glass of ice-cold milk.

DoubleTree Hotel's Chocolate Chip Cookies

How about you? How would you like to eat your chocolate chip cookies?

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DoubleTree Hotel’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

DoubleTree Hotel's Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 from 4 reviews

  • Yield: 25-28

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) old fashioned oats – grounded in food processor
  • 2 1/4 (11.25 ounces) cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (5.25 ounces) brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup (5.25 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the ground oats, all purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars, in medium speed, until combined, 2-3 minutes. Add vanilla and lemon juice and mix for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the eggs one by one and mix until smooth,45 seconds.
  5. Decrease the speed to low and stir in the dry ingredients into the wet mixture in 3 batches. Before adding each batch, scrape down the bottom of the bowl to make sure that no lumps are remaining.
  6. With the speed on low, add the chocolate chips and walnuts into the batter and mix until combined. ~You can also do this by hand.~
  7. In order to make sure they are evenly distributed, give it a final hand stir.
  8. Using a large ice cream scoop divide the dough into 25 portions and place them on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place it in the fridge and let it rest overnight.
  9. When you are ready to bake, place them on a baking sheet at least 2-inches apart from each other (6 cookies per sheet) and bake them in a 350-degree oven for exactly 17 minutes. *
  10. Take it out of the oven. Let it sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer them to a wire rack (to stop cooking).
  11. If you want, you can place the unbaked cookies in a large ziplock bag and freeze them.
  12. To bake frozen cookies, let them thaw for half an hour before baking. Continue with the same process to bake unfrozen cookies.

Notes

Note: If you want to bake all the cookies, you may have to do it in several baking sheets. I’d recommend doing it one at a time, but if you do several sheets at a time, please be aware that baking time will be longer.

Adapted from this recipe.

 

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  • Chrissann - I can say without exaggeration that these are by far the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had. This is definitely my new go-to recipe, I’ll never make Tollhouse again! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Thomas - I worked for Double Tree for years and they serve Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. They come in frozen and the front desk has a little toaster oven they bake them in. I’m sure your cookies are great but Double Tree doesn’t have some super secret recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Ruth,
      Wow.. I had heard so many stories saying that it is a super secret recipe. Isn’t it funny how we make things bigger than they really are when we someone says it is a secret??!!?

      Thank you for sharing.
      Cheers!
      AysegulReplyCancel

    • MaryG - Hi Ruth,
      Did you work for Doubletree in the late 1980s and early 1990s because the cookies I received during hotel stays then were the BEST ever. The last time I stayed at a Doubletree hotel a few years ago, the cookies served were good but nothing special. I had thought they changed the recipe because the original cookies were great.
      Thanks!
      MaryReplyCancel

    • Jill - They may come frozen but they are most definitely NOT Otis Spunkmeyer. They’re made by the Christie Cookie Company, which, according to their website, has been making the DoubleTree cookies for 25 years.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Ruth, they are not Otis Spunkmeyer. They even sell the mix in some of the hotels and on the website.ReplyCancel

  • Regina - Otis Spunkmeyer are truly great cookies but this recipe puts them to shame! Thank you so much for sharing. These are excellent with bittersweet chocolate and black walnuts. The lemon juice, I also add some zest, just adds to the absolute decadence.ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Thank you Regina. I am glad you liked them.
      These are my absolute favorite cookies of all times…
      I agree on the lemon. I will try the lemon zest next time.
      Thank you for stopping by.
      Cheers!
      IceReplyCancel

  • Jill - I can’t wait to try this recipe! I just stayed at a DoubleTree about a week ago for the first time in years and I had forgotten just how INCREDIBLE those cookies are. Thanks so much for posting this!ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Jill,
      These cookies are to die for. I always make sure to have some in my freezer.
      I am glad you found me. :))
      Cheers..
      IceReplyCancel

  • Andrea Deniz Herrera Guris - This past weekend I went out to the market to pick up the ingredients for these AMAZING chocolate chip cookies. I made them for my homestay family in Cochabamba and it was a huge hit. You would have loved to see my family gathered around the plate of warm cookies, picking apart the soft chocolate and walnuts. Everyone loved them and are begging me to make more!ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Ohhhh, you know this is music to my ears…
      First, I am so happy to hear that you made one of my recipes and everyone loved it. Second, it is so nice to hear from you. I hope you are having a good time over there.
      We think of you so often and hope that you are happy, safe, and healthy. We are heading over to Philadelphia tomorrow. I am sure it won’t be as much fun without you being there.
      Love and hugs!
      AysegulReplyCancel

  • Janice - Just wanted to say that I’ve made these quite a few times now and these are definitely the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had!Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • Aysegul Sanford - Hi Janice,
      I am so glad that you liked this recipe. It is one of my favorites as well.
      Thank you so much for letting me know. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Diana - I just came back from a stay at DoubleTree and thought why not try to google the recipe. Well, these were incredible BEST chocolate chips I’ve made.. I cannot follow a recipe to save my life, so I deviated a little. But mine still came out great and it tasted just like the cookies from DoubleTree. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

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