Forget the Ritz Carlton, or the $30 peanuts at Hyatt.
Nothing says hospitality like a huge, warm chocolate chip cookie -- handed to you before you can even set your bag down.
I remember staying at a DoubleTree in Anaheim when I was little. I was sleepy, hungry, and antsy after a long car ride. We arrived at the hotel at some ungodly hour in the morning. Everyone was grumpy and exhausted.
These cookies are kept in a special "warming drawer" behind the front desk at every DoubleTree hotel. They are buttery, melty, and chocolatey -- with a delicious crispy outside and a chewy inside.
Thanks to this recipe, you don't have to book a room to enjoy a warm DoubleTree cookie.
- 1 cup all purpose flour (4.5 oz)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 scant teaspoon salt
- 4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold – cut up
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cups walnuts, toasted and chopped (optional)
- 1 1/8 cups quick cooking oatmeal
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
- Cream butter and sugars in large mixer bowl. Add egg and vanilla and stir until mixed.
- Add flour mixture and oatmeal gradually, stirring until incorporated. Stir in Heath Bits, Chocolate Chips, and nuts. Scoop dough up with a quarter cup measure and shape into big balls. Press them slightly to make discs. Set the discs on a plate and chill for a few hours or until firm. Note: You can bake these without chilling, but I liked the texture better after chilling.
- Place on parchment lined cookie sheets about 3 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-13 minutes. Cookies should still be slightly underdone (I didn’t want mine underdone and cooked them l2-13). Move to wax paper lined counter to cool, do not use wire racks. (I did both – wire racks made the cookies crispier, cooling on rack helps internal cooking for underdone cookies and probably makes them chewier).