Copycat DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies


Copycat DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies taste just like the kind you get at the hotel!

Honey, I baked!

I don’t know about you, but I just adore staying at hotels. I mean, what’s not to like? Fresh sheets, fluffy towels, packed mini bar, great views (well, unless you’re staying here!), and, oh yeah, WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – if you’re staying at the DoubleTree Hotel, anyway.


The first time I ever stayed at a DoubleTree I was 10 or 11, and had tagged along with my dad on a business trip to Milwaukee (why does this sound like the beginning of a Home Alone type movie?) Not only had I gotten out of school for some father/daughter QT, but the woman behind the front desk at the hotel handed me a HUGE, warm chocolate chip cookie the moment we walked in. I thought I’d hit the friggin’ jackpot!


I’ll never forget that buttery, melty chocolate chip cookie which was crispy on the outside, and curiously (amazingly!) chewy on the inside. I didn’t know it at the time, but DoubleTree gives these cookies out to every guest, every day, and to this day, if there’s a DoubleTree where I’m heading, I’m booking a room just for that damn cookie.


Fortunately I don’t have to wait, because recently I dug out a copycat recipe I’ve had for years (it’s rumored to come from a DT employee) and made myself a batch. And now you can too! :)

Now, DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies owe their unique chew and flavor to three not-so-ordinary chocolate chip cookie ingredients. The first – ground oats.


Oh yes. That’s just old fashioned oats ground up in a food processor or blender. They give the cookies a unique and irresistible chewy texture.

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Combine the ground oats with all purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and another unique ingredient – cinnamon. Just a touch. Just enough to lend a flavor that will make ’em go hmmm… 

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Next, set aside the dry ingredients, and get to work on the wet ingredients, starting with some softened buttah.


Combine the butter with granulated sugar, packed brown sugar, vanilla extract, and the third “secret” ingredient – lemon juice. It helps offset the sweetness in the recipe, and just works, mmkay?

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Beat until light and fluffy, about three minutes.


Then add in a couple eggs, and beat until smooth.


Next, add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in 2 batches, mixing well between each batch.


Finally, mix in a TON of chocolate chips. This is another reason why I love this recipe, it is heh-vee on the chocolate!


Cookie dough, ready!


For modest-to-general chocolate chip cookie consumption, drop 1 Tablespoon of the dough onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.


For a true DoubleTree Hotel experience, double up the dough and drop TWO Tablespoons of it onto the sheets, and bake for about 12 minutes. I’ll leave the choice up to you. :)


These are the ultimate!


Copycat DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 56 small cookies, or 28 large cookies


Copycat DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies taste just like the kind you get at the hotel!


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 10oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oats in a food processor or blender, and process until fine. Combine with flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl, then set aside.
  2. Beat together butter, sugars, vanilla extract, and lemon juice until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and beat until combined. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in 2 batches, mixing well between each batch. Pour in chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
  3. For small cookies: drop 1 Tablespoon cookie dough on parchment paper lined baking sheets, then bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. For large cookies: drop 2 Tablespoons cookie dough, and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  4. Let cookies sit for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.


  • For fluffier cookies, chill dough overnight before dropping onto baking sheets and baking.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,


I happen to like my chocolate chip cookies thin, but if you’re looking for a fluffier cookie, chill the dough overnight before dropping and baking. They’ll still have the irresistible chew though, which is what really counts.


Big or small, you’re going to love these babies.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go run my face off. You know, because of all that butter, chocolate, and what have you.




What’s the best/most favorite hotel you’ve ever stayed at?

I’m going to go Hotel Margherita in Praiano, Italy. Magnificent views, location, and people – not to mention a private patio for each room with lemon trees!

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  1. Mikayla 04.24.2012

    I love your blog, and you do awesome food photography! My blog is if you want to check it out. favoriting your :)

  2. Okay so next time I travel, I’m staying at DoubleTree just for the cookies! How did I not know about this?!

  3. Mandy 04.24.2012

    Looks sooooo good! I’m going to have to try this recipe out!

  4. AMAZING!!! I’ve stayed at many a DoubleTree, and that cookie is always such a scrumptious treat!! Thank you so much for sharing the secret recipe :)

  5. I’ve stayed at the DoubleTree once, and I do remember the cookies! They look so good — I want to make some this weekend!

  6. Oh my goodness, Kristen, I have been trying so hard to cut back on desserts as we get closer to summer, and you’re not making it any easier :-) I have a huge craving to make cookies now! I almost always make the tollhouse recipe, but I love trying out new ones in a quest for the best chocolate chip cookie. I’ll definitely be trying these!

  7. Susan 04.24.2012

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and never saw that you had a pink KitchenAid mixer. I’m pea-green with envy! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  8. Ground oats are key! I almost always half the flour and replace with ground pour to make cookies chewy :). Awesome recipe

  9. Yum. Ground oats is a great idea!

  10. Hotels definitely are the best! They were the highlight of traveling when I was a kid, and I still love them! I’d even love to get a hotel in my own town for a staycation…if only they werent crazy expensive here in touristville, USA!

  11. Love this! I used to stay at DoubleTrees for music competitions and the cookies were the best part!!

  12. Lauren 04.24.2012

    Yum .. Nicest hotel i ever stayed at was The Phoenician, a five diamond resort in Scottsdale AZ. And would you believe they didn’t offer us cookies? We were greeted with monogrammed slippers, but give a girl a cookie ya know :)

  13. Angela 04.24.2012

    I love staying in a hotel that offers a champagne greeting! Add a cookie to that…. PERFECT! :)

  14. Maureen 04.24.2012

    I stay at a Doubleetree every other week. They offer me these cookies every time I walk in the door – not just when I check out. I refused them every time and get an apple instead, but this post is making me want to run down to the front desk and grab one!

  15. Prairie Bee 04.24.2012

    Seriously, could you be any more infectious? If I did not like choc chip cookies (and, believe me, I DO!), I would HAVE to try them after reading your blog! You are awesome, Iowa Girl, just awesome!

  16. Ashley 04.24.2012

    I tend to go out of my way or pay a little extra to fly Midwest for the same reason. Their chocolate chip cookies are amazing!

    • Julie 04.25.2012

      I love that Midwest hands out chocolate chip cookies, too!

  17. Angie 04.24.2012

    I cannot wait to try this recipe sometime! I LOVE chocolate chip cookies, especially when the recipe is a little unique. My favorite recipe includes a small box of instant vanilla pudding mix. Yummy!

  18. jennyv 04.24.2012

    I think you’re on to something with the ground oats! My favorite bakery in FL had the best crunchy edge, chewy center cookies… and as I tried to dissect them with tiny bites one day it appeared that they had bits of oat in them. Now I’m POSITIVE that’s what made them so delicious! I’m going to have to attempt adding a little ground oat to my batter next time.

  19. Kelly 04.24.2012

    Last week enjoyed Doubletree cookies at a location that told me to come back as often as I liked for more cookies. Yummy-gotta try this recipe.
    Another favorite hotel of mine is the Downtown Los Angeles Omni-apples, fruit infused water, and best service employees in the business! Oh, did I mention fresh fruit martinis!

  20. Trisha 04.24.2012

    I swear chocolate chip cookies are haunting me this week. Someone brought freshly baked, still warm chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to work yesterday & I’ve been obsessed ever since. I couldn’t say no to the chocolate chunk cookie at Jimmy John’s last night. I resisted the urge to bake ALL day today while I was home. And now this. I think tomorrow might call for baking.

    • Trisha 04.24.2012

      Ooops! And my favorite chain of hotels is The Royal Resorts. They are actually condos located in various areas of the Caribbean. They are not all-inclusive but offer some of the best restaurants, friendliest service & great locations that anyone could ask for!

  21. Karen 04.24.2012

    The best hotel I have ever stayed at is the Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui. It is fabulous!

  22. Fernanda 04.24.2012

    Kristin you’re making it really hard to avoid sugar, I’m dying to try one of those, they look delicious!

  23. nosogirl 04.24.2012

    The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in was the Landmark London hotel, a five star hotel in London, England. We had a $1,000 EUR a night suite and stayed there for a week in 2005. Now before you go thinking I paid for that stay, I actually won it. It was absolutely amazing! Check it out:

  24. Jenny 04.24.2012

    Love your blog. Now what is your secret for those consistent drops of dough you made? I can never seem to make that work out no matter what I have tried. Help Please! Can’t wait to try this recipe, I love Doubletree cookies :)

    • Jordan 02.12.2014

      You might have figured it out by now, but the best way to get a consistent cookie drop is by using small ice cream scoops – the older kind that you have to squeeze the handle together. I have a small, med and large one that I found at a kitchen supply store and they make all the difference when making cookies! Hope this helps and happy baking! :)

  25. I love “copycat” recipes! Even though I’ve never had doubletree cookies, shocker I know, I still cannot wait to try these out. I won’t ever turn down an awesome cookie recipe :)

  26. I love the visuals of the cookies! As a botox specialist from Mumbai, India, I often have to travel across India and South East Asia for conferences. The Taj Fisherman’s Cove at Kovalam Beach in Chennai city is my favourite hotel!

  27. DoubleTree Chocolate chip cookies are the best!!! I seriously get excited if I stay at a DoubleTree. My sister and I used to eat the cookies before we even made it up to our hotel room. :) Definitely trying this recipe!

  28. I am obsessed with Double Tree cookies too! I always opt to stay there because of the cookies and comfy bed. Kansas City’s and Houston’s are top notch.

  29. Steph 04.25.2012

    We just got back from staying at a DoubleTree and I am SO happy to see this recipe! I was this.close to buying a box of them before leaving.

  30. Elyse 04.25.2012

    OMG YUM! Honestly, what is better than a big chocolate chip cookie?! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  31. Sarah 04.25.2012

    A Double Tree employee brought by a stack of cookies a few months ago to my work and they were DELICIOUS!

    My husband and I stayed the Spa Palace in Riveria Maya, Mexico for our honeymoon and it was fabulous!

  32. Crystal Christopher 04.25.2012

    My husband always wants to stay at Holiday Inn Express, not the regular HI now, has to be the Express, whenever possible because of their signature cinnamon rolls they serve every morning!

  33. Charlene Austin 04.25.2012

    I don’t know whether to love you or hate you for this recipe. I’ve stayed at a DT once when I was in the US and that cookie was so yummy that I kept the wrapper so I’d remember to go stay there again one day! I cannot wait to try this recipe!!!

  34. Emily 04.25.2012

    Those look ah-mazing! Maybe I need to take a business trip soon, just so I can stay in a certain hotel…

  35. Sarah 04.25.2012

    How did I not know that the DT offered these? Next trip I go on I’m looking for a DT! We usually try and stay at Drury Inns b/c of their amazing free hot breakfast and free happy hour. Best hotel ever though was probably the Aventura Spa Palace in Riviera Maya. Beautiful, relaxing, and all inclusive!

  36. When my mom & step dad would come to visit me in Boston they would always staty at a Double Tree. I would explain to them that it was furher than other hotels and they didn’t care… they liked the cookies.

    Years and Years ago, I stayed at Hotel Jerome in Aspen. So amazing.

    I highly suggest going to Le Pavillon when staying in NOLA. They serve PB&J and hote chocolate at night.

  37. Desiree 04.25.2012

    Wow that would explain why my hubby always tries to stay at Doubletree while on business trips. Now I know his secret. Making a batch of these yummy treats right now :)

  38. Wow those look soooooo good!! I must try this recipe asap. I’m especially intrigued by the ground oats…it’s like oatmeal cookies but not. Brilliant!

  39. Deliiiiiicious!! They look so good!

  40. I worked at Doubletree and whenever there were cookies that were broken and couldn’t be packaged and given to guests…I had to eat them. I know…poor me :) lol!

    P.S. You can buy the cookies at the hotel too take home. We had tin packaging for them for business clients who wanted to bring some home to their family. Gosh I miss working there.

  41. Jess Jann 04.26.2012

    I actually know exactly what your talking about! i’m obsessed with the double tree chocolate chip cookies. well just chocolate chip cookies in general! BUT YESSSSS great recipe! keep it up!

  42. Katy 04.26.2012

    Made these this morning! YUMMY!

  43. Melissa 04.28.2012

    REALLY YUMMY COOKIES THANKS! I just made them today and couldnt stop eating them.

  44. Shelbie 04.29.2012

    I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.. My cookies aren’t coming out like this at all! I’ve tried 2 times :(

  45. Kelly 05.01.2012

    These are incredible. I made them tonight and they are the first chocolate chip cookies that have really turned out for me.

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  47. Dolce 06.17.2012

    Just made these for my dad for Father’s Day, and they were a huge hit! I made the mistake of making them before dinner, and I may have possibly had them for dinner ;)

  48. Mucka 06.27.2012

    Just made these, and they are sooo good and honestly are the first chocolate chip cookies that have come out the way I wanted. Thanks so much!!

  49. Deborah, GiGi 10.12.2012

    Just made these with my gran angels, ages 5 and 6, We had a Blast and they are soooo yummy! We will be making these along with our Christmas Cookies!!!! Maybe some to give away

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