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Jul 11

BETTER than Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is even BETTER than the Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!! It’s gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts. Plus, they’re HUGE!

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This chocolate chip cookie recipe is even BETTER than the Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!! It's gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts. Plus, they're HUGE!

Did you know that when you stay at a DoubleTree hotel, they give you warm (ginormous) chocolate chip cookies at check-in? I know this, of course, because I’ve stayed at DoubleTree many times over the course of my life, but the funny thing is I forget EVERY TIME. So when I’m checking in and they hand me cookies, it’s like a sweet surprise. I’m not sure if they have a mix that they distribute to each hotel or if the hotel chef bakes up a new batch every day, but there’s a warming drawer at the front desk so you’re assured nice warm and gooey cookies along with your room key.

A few weeks ago, we stayed at the DoubleTree Santa Monica, and I was surprised yet again when they handed us cookies. You’d think I’d remember that from visit to visit, but I don’t, haha! Anyway, I jumped for joy like a kid and couldn’t wait to savor every bite.

A DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie is warm and melty, gooey, with a hint oats that you can see in the dough. They’re not oatmeal cookies at all, so as you’re eating them you wonder about the oats. (Or maybe that’s just me?) All I know is that when I finish my cookie I want MORE.

Lucky for me, Mel doesn’t eat his….so I got two. šŸ™‚

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is even BETTER than the Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!! It's gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts. Plus, they're HUGE!

Better than DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies? YOU BET!

I have really high standards when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. I love them a lot, and over the years I’ve become a cookie snob. Cookies that are bland, dry, over baked, or crunchy do NOT satisfy my chocolate chip cookie craving. My perfect chocolate chip cookie is just a tad under-baked so it’s gooey, with melty chocolate, nuts are a bonus, and they need to be bursting with flavors.

Basically, I want fireworks in my mouth when I eat a chocolate chip cookie…otherwise it’s not worth the calories.

The DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies come within a few percent of my idea of a perfect chocolate chip cookie, which is why when I made this copycat version I had to make them BETTER than the DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie.

And they are. BETTER, that is. I just made a few tiny changes to the original recipe and the result? My absolute favorite cookie. I will never again make any other chocolate chip cookie…unless I’m making these. Oh, or these.

Or THESE.

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is even BETTER than the Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!! It's gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts. Plus, they're HUGE!

So, what makes these cookies so special (and BETTER than the DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe)? Let me tell you:

  • I start with melted butter. I always start with melted butter for my chocolate chip cookie recipes. I love the caramelized, toffee-like flavor it gives to the cookies, especially when paired with gobs of brown sugar.
  • The recipe calls for ground oats, which I used. The oats give a bit of flavor and texture, and help bind the cookies. Don’t leave them out; these aren’t oatmeal cookies at all, but the oats give them the ultimate flavor.
  • TONS of chocolate. These cookies have 3 cups of chocolate chips!! I used regular chocolate chips, but you can use minis for an even richer cookie.
  • CHILL THE DOUGH. I know. It’s annoying. It takes a long time. But you MUST. Otherwise these will spread and not be thick and gooey. Scoop baseball sized balls of dough and chill them at LEAST 4 hours (or overnight) before baking. You won’t be sorry. (Good things come to those that wait!)
  • UNDER-BAKE them. They’re done just when the top looks done and not a minute later. They’ll still be gooey in the center. THAT’S the solution to the best chocolate chip cookie problem: THE GOOEY CENTER.
  • SIZE. I was going for a huge cookie, so I used 1/4 cup of dough each. But you could make these less insanely huge by using a smaller cookie scoop. Still chill them, but they’ll bake up quicker.

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is even BETTER than the Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!! It's gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts. Plus, they're HUGE!

Good luck just eating one. That’s the one plus of the hotel: you only get one (or two). These? You get more than a dozen!

BETTER than Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is even BETTER than the Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe!! It’s gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts. Plus, they’re HUGE!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups chocolate chips (use your favorite kind)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. Place oats in a small food processor or blender and grind until they turn powdery. Place them in a medium sized bowl and whisk in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Stir together melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. (No mixer needed – just use a wooden spoon or spatula!) Stir in vanilla, lemon juice, and eggs. Stir until smooth, then stir in flour mixture. Mixture may be slightly lumpy because of the ground oats. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Scoop 1/4 cupfuls of the dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet. You do not need to space them; this is just for chilling. Cover well with plastic wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight before baking.
  4. Preheat oven to 350Ā°F. Place cookies well spaced on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Slightly depress each ball with the palm of your hand.
  5. Bake for 13-17 minutes. Do not over bake – these are best a bit under done.

Recipe slightly adapted from FoodGeeks.

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