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DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe ~ the secret’s out!




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Hilton's DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie with a bite taken

DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe ~ the secret’s out, Hilton has finally released the authentic recipe for their famous chocolate chip cookies. I tried the recipe and loved it, in fact this is my new favorite chocolate chip cookie!

DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie, with bite taken out

Have you ever had a DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie?

Chocolate chip cookies recipes may be a dime a dozen, but it’s not every day that a famous recipe that’s been kept under wraps for decades is released.

Maybe you have fond memories of vacationing with family and getting one of those big-as-your-hand incredibly delicious warm chocolate chip cookies at the DoubleTree Hilton hotels.  All this time the hotel chain has kept the official recipe a secret, and so we home bakers had to rely on (unreliable) copy cat recipes scavenged online.  Not anymore!

DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies, stacked

What makes DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies special

  • First off, their size.  They’re nice and big.  I use an ice cream scoop to portion out the dough so nobody gets cheated.
  • A large amount of walnuts give these cookies an extra nutty flavor.
  • Rolled oats add texture and flavor.
  • There is a small amount of lemon juice in the dough, and that reacts with the baking soda to give the cookies lift and a chewier texture.
  • A pinch of cinnamon gives these cookies a special je ne sais quois!  They smell amazing as they bake.
  • The dough needs no chilling before baking, so there’s no unnecessary waiting.
  • These cookies are not super soft, they have a nice crunchy edges with chewy centers.

batter for DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies

How would I rate these cookies?

I give them a big thumbs up.  I like the flavor and texture.  I loved all the walnuts.  And I appreciate how easy they are to make ~ no chilling makes a difference!

If you prefer a softer texture in your cookies, try my Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They’re plush and pillowy.  If you love more of a shortbread type texture, try my Chocolate Chip Cookies.  And if, by chance, you aren’t into chocolate, you need my ‘Chipless’ Chocolate Chip Cookies!

DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

Hilton's DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie with a bite taken
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DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Tree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe ~ the secret's out, and it's official, Hilton has finally released the authentic recipe for their famous chocolate chip cookies. I tried the recipe and loved it, in fact this is my new favorite chocolate chip cookie.  
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yield 28 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 2/3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300F Line a baking sheet (s) with parchment paper
  • Cream the soft butter, and both sugars in a stand mixer for 2 minutes until light and fluffy, Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. You can use electric hand beaters if you like.
  • Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice. Beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Lower the speed and blend in the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts, making sure to get them evenly distributed.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the dough (3 tablepoon amounts) and place 2 inches apart on your lined cookie sheets. I flatten the balls slightly. Bake for 20-23 minutes until starting to turn golden. I found that 20 minutes worked for me.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 15 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes

I halved the ingredients for a half batch and it worked perfectly.  Recipe from Hilton.com

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  • Reply
    Ashley Hogue
    May 30, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Have you tried without walnuts?

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm

      It would be absolutely fine without the nuts!

  • Reply
    Doris
    May 28, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Hi, I doubled your recipe to make cookies for hospital workers. Can I freeze dough in a large plastic bag and bake in a couple days? Need belong

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 29, 2020 at 6:53 am

      Yes, the dough will freeze fine, and you could also roll the individual cookies and freeze the dough that way. Since they’re so large, you might need to let them thaw a bit so you can flatten them slightly before baking.

  • Reply
    Marcia
    May 12, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    5 stars
    I made these for the first time today, and it will not be the last! Delicious!

    • Reply
      Mushell
      May 28, 2020 at 1:09 am

      5 stars
      Made them tonight. Turned out great baked 3 cookies and and made scoops to freeze the rest. Only thing I did diff was omit lemon juice (I didn’t have one)

  • Reply
    Reagan Selman
    May 12, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    1 star
    Honestly. I’m so confused as to why when I do everything correctly, I bake it for 17 minutes instead of 20 and it still burns. Then I tried again with 13 minutes, still burnt. Why is this happening. I won’t make this again.

    • Reply
      Reagan Selman
      May 12, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      I’ve made this two other times, and it came out perfectly. That’s why I’m so confused. They tasted so good and I’m just a little frustrated.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      It sounds like your oven is running hot Reagan, I would suggest using an oven thermometer, they’re inexpensive and worth their weight in gold. You can see exactly what the temp is and adjust your dial accordingly. These cookies bake at 300F, which is low for cookies, so they shouldn’t burn at all.

    • Reply
      Adriana
      May 15, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      5 stars
      Lift your sheet pan higher on the next level. It’s too close to the four we. I did that to my muffins and now they bake perfect color on top and bottom.

    • Reply
      Rande Freedman
      May 25, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      Reagan,
      I used to have this problem all the time. It was my oven. It was not regulated the heat correctly.

  • Reply
    Kristine
    May 11, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    I loved these cookies at doubletree. What would be a good dairy-free substitute for the butter?

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 11, 2020 at 7:14 pm

      I haven’t tried this with margarine or shortening, but you might try.

  • Reply
    Teresa
    May 7, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe. I have baked these cookies twice and both times they turned out very flat. What am I doing wrong? I followed the recipe exactly.

  • Reply
    Keith
    May 3, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Best cookies ever. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Lynn
    April 26, 2020 at 11:01 am

    5 stars
    I just made these, adding a little unsweetened coconut and lowering the salt a pinch or two. I missed where you wrote you made a half batch and I’m glad I did! We loved them!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 30, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Lynn 🙂

    • Reply
      Jen
      May 9, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      5 stars
      Try refrigerating the dough for about a half hour before you bake. Flat cookies are usually from the butter being too warm so it spreads out too fast when baking, creating a flat cookie.

  • Reply
    CL
    April 26, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Lord, help me today… I meant, voila?

  • Reply
    CL
    April 26, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Sue, sorry, nevermind. I just went back and re-read the complete story on the Double Tree Chocolate Cookie. And, viola, there you had already answered my question. Thanks again, can’t wait to try these.

  • Reply
    CL
    April 26, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Hi Sue! Love your blog! I was just wondering what your “take” is on the 1/4 teas. lemon juice in this recipe?

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 26, 2020 at 9:02 am

      I think it’s fine to leave it out, it’s such a small amount. Supposedly it helps give the cookies lift and extra ‘chewiness’, but that’s debatable 🙂

    • Reply
      R2D2
      May 17, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      The acid in the Lemon juice activates the Baking Soda… That is why some recipes ask for yogurt or lemon with baking soda… Without it the cookies will be flat.

  • Reply
    Patricia H
    April 22, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    5 stars
    These are wonderful. I should have made a half recipe, but into the freezer little balls of dough will go!

    Is there a way to calculate nutritional value or calories?

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 22, 2020 at 7:13 pm

      You’ll be so happy to have them in your freezer 🙂 I generally don’t include nutritional info on my dessert recipes, sorry Patricia. I’ll see what i can do, though.

      • Reply
        Denise Ellen
        May 23, 2020 at 10:00 pm

        5 stars
        Hi Patricia-
        They are 300 per cookie if you make 26.

  • Reply
    Cathy
    April 21, 2020 at 1:03 am

    5 stars
    Thank you so very much for this recipe! Family loves them! Looked exactly like your pictures. Easy to make these chewy bites with a crisp edge! Not overly sweet. And you were right ~ chilling the dough doesn’t make an appreciable difference ~ I cant believe it! Fave choc chip cookie recipe!!

    • Reply
      Mary
      May 2, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      5 stars
      Made them with half a stick of butter less. My cookies turned out huge but still good haha. Lowering calories changes the consistency of the cookies, still amazing.

  • Reply
    Kara
    April 20, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Help!! So I started these with my kids and realized I am completely out of lemon juice are they still going to turn out??

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 20, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Yes, no problem, don’t worry, the cookies will be great.

  • Reply
    Lorrie
    April 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    5 stars
    Made these last night. I’ve been making chocolate chip cookies for a long time. These are the best we’ve ever had.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 17, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      Oh I’m so glad you got right to them Lorrie!

    • Reply
      Rebecca
      April 18, 2020 at 7:11 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe is sooooo good. I didn’t have semi sweet chocolate so I used dark chocolate. Really, really delicious. 21 minutes baking worked for my oven.

      • Reply
        Sue
        April 19, 2020 at 8:34 am

        You can never go wrong with dark chocolate 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    April 17, 2020 at 6:11 am

    5 stars
    I made these yesterday during this quarantine…i was short some chips and nuts, so coconut was added 3/4 cup to make up the difference.
    Unbelievable !!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 17, 2020 at 7:40 am

      Coconut sounds like a great idea!

      • Reply
        Ann
        April 24, 2020 at 10:01 pm

        Excited to try this! I know rolled oats are the usual choice to bake with, but do you think I can get away with using quick cooking steel cut oats?

        • Reply
          Sue
          April 25, 2020 at 6:59 am

          That’s a good question. It might work because they’re quick cooking, but they might still be too tough, not sure, sorry I can’t be more definitive. I’d say it’s worth a try.

          • Mushell
            May 28, 2020 at 1:15 am

            Try roughly grinding your oats. I did that with my old fashioned oats. It might work with steel cut oats.

  • Reply
    2sisters recipes
    April 16, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    5 stars
    Great recipe Sue! Can’t wait to try these cookies. I love all the ingredients in them even the oats!
    Thanks for revealing the secret!’ 🙂

    • Reply
      Tammy Dianne Pruett
      May 30, 2020 at 2:29 am

      You may want to buy an oven thermometer that you can hang on an oven rack?

  • Reply
    Lori K
    April 16, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Sue, thanks for posting! The recipe write-up mentions cinnamon in the recipe. Could you please include the amount in the ingredient list and instructions? I’m looking forward to trying these! 🙂

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2020 at 1:40 pm

      It’s in there now.

  • Reply
    SallyBR
    April 16, 2020 at 9:22 am

    5 stars
    I tried it also and we loved it…. I froze a bunch and will bake to give to people tomorrow. I preferred baking them from frozen, they held their shape better. I just increased the baking time by 2 minutes

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thanks Sally!

  • Reply
    Carolan Ivey
    April 16, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Can’t wait to make these!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 16, 2020 at 8:01 am

      They’re dangerously good 🙂