DoubleTree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Cookie/Brownie
Calories: 314
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.9 (12 reviews)


    When you check in at one of more than 250 hotels run by this U.S. chain, you are handed a bag from a warming oven that contains two soft and delicious chocolate chip cookies. This is a tradition that began in the early 80s using a recipe from a small bakery in Atlanta.  All of the cookies - which  weigh in at an impressive two ounces each - are baked fresh every day on the hotel premises. The chain claims to give out about 29,000 cookies every day! Raves for the cookies from customers convinced the hotel chain to start selling the chocolaty munchables by the half-dozen.  But if you've got an insatiable chocolate chip cookie urge that can't wait for a package to be delivered in the mail, you'll want to try this cloned version fresh out of your home oven.  Just be sure to get the cookies out of there when they are turning light brown.  This way they'll stay soft in the middle when cool.  For even better results, you can chill the dough overnight before you commence with the ceremonial baking.

   
    1/2 cup rolled oats
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 eggs
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
   
   

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Grind oats in a food processor or blender until fine. Combine the ground oats with the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

3. Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and lemon juice in another medium bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and mix until smooth.

4. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend well. Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the dough and mix by hand until ingredients are well incorporated.

5. Spoon rounded 1/4-cup portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Place the scoops about 2 inches apart. You don't need to press the dough flat. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until cookies are light brown and soft in the middle. Store in a sealed container when cool to keep soft. For the best results, chill the dough overnight in the refrigerator before baking the cookies.

Makes 20 cookies.

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