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Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well Dined | Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I asked Melissa (Smells Like Brownies) to help me become a better baker, I specifically asked to do these cookies.  If you have ever stayed at a Doubletree Hotel, then you know the joy of being handed one of these giant cookies when you check in.  It's probably one of the most searched for cookie recipes, and it has some secret ingredients that I wouldn't have guessed.

Well Dined | Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, let's get started!  The first step is to mix the dry ingredients, which include finely ground dry oats.  This is one of the secret ingredients that makes these cookies so good - it makes the texture so lovely.  There's also a bit of cinnamon in there, yum.

Next, cream butter with both granulated and brown sugar, vanilla, and the next secret ingredient - lemon juice.  I would never have guessed to use lemon juice in a chocolate chip cookie, but it keeps them tender.

Well Dined | Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mix the dry into the wet, then stir in chocolate chips and toasted chopped walnuts.  The original recipe didn't call for toasting the walnuts, but I think it makes the texture nicer and brings out the nutty flavor.

Well Dined | Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies

The last secret about these cookies is that they are giant - the recipe called for 1/4 cup portions.  Making such a large cookie means that the edges are crispy and the inside is soft and chewy.

Well Dined | Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don't know what else to tell you about these cookies, except that they are awesome and you should totally make them.  Right now.  Go.

Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Food Geeks
makes 20 cookies

1/2 cup rolled oats
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
11/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 eggs
3 cups semi-sweet, chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

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.

Cream together the butter, sugars, vanilla, and lemon juice in a stand mixer.  Add the eggs and mix until smooth.  Add the dry mixture and mix until combined.  Add the chocolate chips and nuts and mix briefly.

For the best results, chill the dough overnight in the refrigerator before baking the cookies.

Spoon rounded 1/4 cup portions onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Place the scoops about 2 inches apart.  Bake in a 350 deg F oven for 16-18 minutes or until cookies are light brown and soft in the middle.  Store in a sealed container when cool to keep soft.

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