Recipe courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree Signature Cookie

When stay-at-home orders forced all of us to postpone travel plans this year, executives at DoubleTree decided to break some good news — in the form of their secret cookie recipe. The hotel chain is famous for greeting guests with warm chocolate chip cookies, but since the popular treats arrived in 1986, DoubleTree has refused to give up the details. “Revealing the recipe was a big discussion,” admits the chain’s global head Shawn McAteer. Try the recipe yourself, and take note of the secret ingredient: lemon juice!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 26 cookies
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1/2 pound butter, softened (2 sticks)

3/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch cinnamon

2 2/3 cups Nestlé Toll House semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts


  1. Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl. 
  3. With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix. 
  4. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. 
  6. Preheat oven to 300˚ F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft. 
  7. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.
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