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Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have ever stayed at a Doubletree Hotel, you will probably remember only one thing about your visit: they give guests warm chocolate chip cookies at check in, and pretty much any time you feel like wandering down to the main desk to get one. And the cookies are fantastic: warm, chewy, packed with chocolate chips and nuts (yes, even I liked the nuts in these cookies, though I usually omit them at home).

Many recipes claim to be the real Doubletree version, but this recipe is the closest that I have found. It makes cookies that are large, chewy and dangerously addictive. I make them about hald the size that the recipe recommends (2 tbsp instead of 1/4 cup) and only sometimes chill the dough. In either case, they turn out well. The only thing you have to watch is the baking time, because these can go from done to over-done in less than a minute.

The cinnamon is minimal and not really present in the final cookie, it just adds to the depth of flavor. The vinegar adds a lightness to the cookie, really giving the baking soda something to react with.

Now, in all honesty, I can’t say that this really is the recipe for Doubletree’s chocolate chip cookies and unless I ordered some online and did a side-by-side taste comparison, I can’t even guarantee that they will taste exactly the same. What I can guarantee is that these are excellent cookies that are at least as good as the original Doubletrees that inspired this.

Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup rolled oats (oatmeal)
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 large eggs
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grind oats in a food processor until very fine and almost powdery. Put tthe oats with the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl and stir to combine.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the vanilla and vinegar, then add the eggs in one at a time. Gradually, on low speed, add in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts by hand.
Divide dough into 2 tbsp balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet (dough can also be chilled for a slightly less-spread out cookie), leaving about 2 inches between each ball so the cookies can spread.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until golden at the edges. Cool for about 4 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes about 3-dozen (you’ll get a few more if you use the walnuts, which I usually leave out)

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  • Bakingfreak
    October 7, 2006

    Woah, they look amazing!

  • Foodie's Hope
    October 8, 2006

    Looks good! Good job!
    Not as good as one of those huge Barnes and Nobles Oatmeal and Raisin cookies,I must say! I love those,am biased!!:D:D

  • Rainey
    October 8, 2006

    Hmmm. The recipe I have has orange juice instead of vinegar. But, as you note, there may be a lot of variations. Meanwhile, I have never stayed at a Doubletree so I have no idea what the benchmark is. ;->

  • jenjen
    October 9, 2006

    Now this is my kind of hotel!

    What does the addition of vinegar do to the taste of the cookie?

  • Julie
    October 9, 2006

    I do remember the cookies at Doubletree! And it’s been about 15 years since I stayed in one. I’m always looking for different chocolate chip cookie recipes–sometimes slight tweaks make a big difference.

  • Julia
    October 10, 2006

    oh I want to go to a doubletree hotel as well!!!
    this is even better than little chocolates on the pillows (!) 😉
    Tnx for the recipe…

  • erin
    October 10, 2006

    Doubltree cookies are the best I’ve ever had. Other than the vinegar (my recipe uses lemon juice) the recipe I have is pretty much the same. I love the walnuts- be sure to use good quality chocolate chips!

  • kel62286
    October 25, 2006

    My roomate just brought home some double tree cookies in a paper bag that lists the ingredients. They include ghiradelli chocolate, cinnamon, and lemon juice concetrate.

    Your cookies look great!

  • Karen Greenwood
    December 8, 2009

    these are sooo good! these are my goto chocolate chip cookie now 🙂

    thank you

  • Teresa
    April 27, 2010

    These were AMAZING! I’ve been looking for ages for a “go to” chocolate chip cookie recipe and this is definitely it – thank you so much!

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