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DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies are amazing, but this chocolate chip cookie recipe is even BETTER than the DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe!! It’s gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts. Plus, these are HUGE cookies!

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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 warm 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. 🙂

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.


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

So, what makes these cookies so special, and BETTER than DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies? 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 Cookies!! It's gooey and full of chocolate, oats, and walnuts.

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!

Copycat Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Servings: 20 cookies

BETTER than Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
40 mins
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!


  • 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


  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 350°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.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookie

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cookies) — Calories: 401, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 199mg, Potassium: 80mg, Carbohydrates: 47g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 7.4%, Vitamin C: 0.4%, Calcium: 5.5%, Iron: 8.1%

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  1. Making it right know. If i want to omit nuts do i increase chocolate chips or just leave them out? Thank you

  2. Thank you so much for the quick response. Am making 4 batches with nuts and 2 with no nuts for a kids birthday party. Love all your recipes.

  3. If I don’t have four hours to chill them in the refrigerator would I be able to put them in the freezer for a shorter amount of time and have it still work out OK?

  4. I loved the look of these cookies and prepared the measured ingredients with a lot of care. But unfortunately it was a big disappointment! I chilled the scooped dough overnight and everything. The cookies flattened out like pancakes ( not unlike Subway cookies) and although they were tasty enough, the flatness was not what I wanted. I wanted nice gobby, chocolates chunky goodnesss. Are you really sure the measurements are correct? The dough was very wet I noticed before it had time to cool in the fridge. 

    • I’ve made them about five times and every time I’ve made them they are exactly like the picture and a thousand times more delicious than they look. Maybe try it again but only chill for four hours? I never chill them overnight and they’ve always come out perfectly. Good luck!!

    • The first time I made them they were big, chunky, thick cookies! The second time they flattened out like pancakes! They were both tasty, but I wanted them like the first time I made the! I didn’t do anything different! So weird!

  5. These are sooooooo gooooooood!

  6. These are the best cookies I’ve had in ages! When your grown up kids request a batch you know you’ve got a winner!! Thanks for this recipe!!

  7. These turned out wonderfully gooey!

    Here’s what I changed:
    +we ground up steel cut oats.
    +subbed coconut sugar forthe brown sugar.
    +subbed nutmeg for the cinnamon & cut it roughly in half.
    +subbed Ghirardelli white chocolate chips.
    +cooked for 11 – 14 mins, depending on the pan size.

    I also chilled overnight.

    These 🍪s have passed the baker’s inspection, gotten approval from the children, & are awaiting the testing of our head of household. If he likes, this recipe is a keeper!

  8. I’m really keen to make these, but do you have the ingredients in grams or ounces please?


  9. My 94 y.o. Mum-in-law loves these! Just made them after staying at a Doubletree in Alice Springs,Australia. They are excellent. Couldn’t get why the lemon juice is there but they are delish so it stays. Thanks.

  10. I make these often and they are my families and i’s FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie recipe. Love them!

  11. Hands down best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER!!! My boyfriend loves soft, thick, and gooey chocolate chip cookies, and it wasn’t until I discovered this recipe that I was able to pass his taste test. He can’t get enough of them and has been telling everyone how good they are. Even three days later, they are just as fresh and soft as when they first came out of the oven.

    The only change I made was subbing all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly, and chilled for about 4-5 hours. Wouldn’t change a thing at all and will only be following this recipe from now on!

  12. It is awesome👍🏻👍🏻🙄

  13. A variation:
    1/4 tsp nutmeg instead of cinnamon
    Omit nuts
    Desired ratio of white chocolate and caramel chips, roughly equal to a total of 3 cups
    Bake the cookies in a well-oiled cast iron skillet (will require a lower temp, of course)

    If you like salted caramel (who doesn’t?!!), try dashing some pink salt on top before baking.

  14. i also can’t get it to print.

  15. Best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever! Love the flavor and texture the oats give them. My hubby was a die hard fan of the original nestle toll house recipe until I made this recipe and now it’s our go to! Thanks for sharing! Warm regards.

  16. Hi Dorothy,
    I’ve saved your recipe for a while now and just got around to try them out yesterday. And i gotta tell u it was amazing… I racklesssly put the ingredients together instead of mixing them separately like it was told because my sons are around “helping” me out… I doubted it would work out when I saw the dough was too wet, but I baked them anyway and they turned out great!! Gooey on the center and the choc chips melted deliciously…

    I figure it will be perfect if I follow your recipe to the dot the next time.
    I omit the nuts cause i dont have any…

    Thank U so much for the recipe, its the best… 🙂

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  18. I made the cookies as directed….they came out nice and crispy on the edges and flavor was spectacular… but the cookies shown look chewy and mine were cakey. I prefer a chewy cookie. Can you explain what i did wrong or atleast try…lol thanks

  19. This cookie recipe is a keeper! I do not particularly like walnuts, so I did not add those! BEST COOKIES EVER! My cookie standards have definitely been set!

  20. Just made theses and they were the absolute best cookies I have ever made!! I will be saving this recipe ! Thanks!! 🙂 

  21. How many cookies does the recipe make, if you make them using 1/4 cupfuls?

  22. I have just received this recipe from a good friend and will be making those scrumptious looking cookies real soon.  Thank you.  Helene Edgington

  23. What does the lemon juice do for this cookie? It’s not mentioned.

  24. I am diabetic niw. Can you send me low sugar recipies please.

  25. Can I substitute light brown sugar instead of brown sugar?

  26. Didn’t make it because I couldn’t find the PRINT option. I’m a bit hard of seeing and need recipes printed large. I also like a paper copy to make notes on it. Where is the PRINT option? Maybe I missed it.

  27. I know this is old, but i adore this recipe and everyone who has tried it says they are the best cookies. Soo.. with that, i’d like to make the dough in advance for xmas. Can I freeze this dough for the next two weeks and then bake when Im ready to package up for xmas?

    • I froze the dough before Thanksgiving and baked them the week after Thanksgiving for my niece’s birthday. They were delicious. Next time, I have to flatten the balls before I freeze them. They hardly spread at all after 16 minutes. You can correct this problem halfway through the baking process by placing a piece of parchment over each cookie and flattening with a bowl or dessert plate. At this point, you also flatten the chips.

  28. These are the best cookie the in the world. I saw the video on face book an made them. WOW!

  29. These are fabulous cookies; especially frrsh from the oven! Chop nuts to taste. Used milk chocolate and semi sweet chocolate chips! Beautiful cookie!

  30. I normally don’t write reviews but I have to on these cookies. They are the best choc. chip cookie I have had in a long time. Followed the recipe to the tee and they came out perfectly. I will make again and again. Might try using different chips or three different chips at same time. LOVE THEM..!!!

  31. AMAZING!!! these cookies were a hit with EVERYONE!!! They came out perfect! This will now be my go to cookie recipe and probably the only cookie I will be baking for awhile! Thanks!!!

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