Put to the Test: The Famous DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

With most people stuck at home because of COVID-19, we’ve seen brands giving away recipes to some of their most well-known dishes and treats.

Among them, DoubleTree released the official recipe for their famous chocolate chip cookies served at their hotels. 

If you’ve never stayed at a DoubleTree, you might be wondering what all the hype is about.

When you check into one of their hotels, they give you one of these warm delicious cookies. They’re so good they even sell them online. 

A few years ago, I took a trip to New York City with some friends and we had booked a room at a DoubleTree. We had taken a red-eye flight and arrived at the hotel very early in the morning to check in and drop off our bags.

We knew our room wouldn’t be ready yet and, due to the early hour, we weren’t expecting to receive our cookies at that time.

But no, the DoubleTree staff greeted us with their customary cookies and we were very happy to eat them for breakfast.

Now, I love to bake but I have to admit cookies are not my thing. I love eating them but I usually fail at making them.

Whether they turn into unsightly blobs, spread out, or end up looking more black than golden brown, I seem to have a talent for messing up cookie recipes. 

However, the cookie craving was strong and I was determined to give this recipe a try.

In hopes of preparing myself for success, I checked out The Points Guy’s test of this recipe but was disappointed to find that everyone who had tested it out had altered the recipe in some way. 

That wouldn’t do. I needed a real test. 

Failing to find one, I took it upon myself to test the recipe out without any alterations. Even including the walnuts which most seemed to have left out.

In a moment of weakness, I almost substituted these with pecans since it’s what I had on hand when I first decided to make these. But in the end I stayed true to DoubleTree’s ingredients.

After patiently waiting for my butter to soften, I followed the instructions in the recipe to the letter and made my dough.

I triple checked the temperature in my oven, put the cookies in to bake and prayed to the baking gods. 

There must be something magical in this recipe. For the first time in my life, I made perfectly chewy and decadent chocolate chip cookies.

Even after they cooled, they stayed chewy. 

Our test of the DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe
The perfectly delicious result

Based on my track record, I had expected them to turn into hard pucks. But no.

Not these cookies.

Maybe it was the lemon juice that I would have never thought to include on my own.

Or maybe the low temperature at which they bake. Whatever it is, I am definitely making these again. They are worth the time and effort. 

Tip: If you don’t want to bake all of the dough in one go, you can freeze a portion of it to bake later. I put mine in the fridge and it was just as perfect when I baked another batch the next day. 

If you would like to try making these cookies at home, check out the official recipe below:

DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Makes 26 cookies

  • ½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts 

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. 

Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with the mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl. 

With the mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix. 

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. 

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and the center is still soft. 

Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for about 1 hour.

Have you tried making the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies at home? Let us know in the comments below.