There's nothing like the sight or smell of freshly baked cookies. Whether welcoming new neighbors or creating tasty memories with the kids or grandkids, these popular treats are the perfect way to let someone know they are special to you.

Many people, however, can be very particular about their choice of cookie.

With that in mind, if a business is savvy enough to perfect a cookie recipe and gift the finished product as part of their signature first impression to customers - it better be good.

DoubleTree by Hilton Exterior photoThat is exactly what our DoubleTree by Hilton in Pleasant Prairie has done, with visitors always looking forward to this delicious treat upon checking in to their hotel. The famous cookie has quite a following, with many copy cat recipe attempts, but nothing compares to the original! The official recipe is below. Bon appetit!

 

DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Makes 26 cookies. Missing some ingredients? Our local Target has the EASIEST online shopping and curbside pickup experience!

½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)

¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 ¼ cups flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch cinnamon

2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips (or swap for Ghirardelli Chocolate, their signature store conveniently at the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets)

1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts 

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. 

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. 

With the mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix. 

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. 

Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft. 

Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.

Cook’s note: You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there’s no need to thaw. Preheat oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.