doubletree copycat cookies

Have you ever stayed at a DoubleTree hotel?
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.

Then, each of us was handed a buttery, melty, chocolate chip cookie.  Suddenly all of the memories of Rt. 1 traffic, illegible Mapquests, and the smelly rental car melted away — almost as fast as the chocolate chips in my mouth.

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.

With love,
Erica

  • 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
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugars in large mixer bowl. Add egg and vanilla and stir until mixed.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).

Adapted from Cooking Madness