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The Great TPG Bakeoff: We tested out Hilton DoubleTree's chocolate chip cookie recipe

April 12, 2020
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Anyone who has stayed at a Hilton DoubleTree knows that the chocolate chip cookies are amazing. It's a signature of the hotel collection, and many travelers (including almost everyone at TPG) look forward to getting that freshly-baked cookie whenever we check in.

Though it may be a while before we find ourselves checking into our favorite Hilton DoubleTree again, you can still enjoy those freshly-baked cookies at home. For the first time, Hilton released a bake-at-home recipe for those famous cookies. To put it mildly, we all got very excited at TPG.

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“We know this is an anxious time for everyone,” said Shawn McAteer, senior vice president and global head at DoubleTree by Hilton, in a press release on Hilton's website. “A warm chocolate chip cookie can’t solve everything, but it can bring a moment of comfort and happiness."

With travel currently on hold to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we've all been looking at ways to bring some much-needed travel inspiration into our homes. What better way to bring a little bit of our travels home with us than to test out the recipe ourselves?

DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Here are the ingredients you'll need:

  • 1/2 pound butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup + 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 of cinnamon
  • 2 2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
Pro tip: Room temperature ingredients make a difference! Bring your eggs to room temp by putting them in room temp water while gathering your other ingredients. (Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)

You'll also want a large mixing bowl, standing mixer (a hand mixer will also work), parchment paper, baking sheet, baking spatula and a spoon or scoop. And don't forget to wash your hands before and after baking!

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°F.

First, cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about two minutes.

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Then add the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice. Blend with the mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for about two minutes (or until light and fluffy).

With the mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Blend for about 45 seconds — don't overmix.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and add in your chocolate chips and walnuts.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and scoop out cookies (about 3 tablespoons each) about two inches apart.

Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center is still soft.

According to Hilton, you can freeze the cookie dough and bake them later without needing to thaw. You can find the full, original recipe on Hilton's website.

The great TPG bake off

Four fearless TPGers decided to try baking these cookies ourselves this past weekend. We each made small adjustments to the official recipe (none of us put walnuts in our batches, for example), but they still turned out great!

Liz Hund, TPG writer

Liz's mom actually works at Hilton, so it's no surprise that her cookies turned out picture-perfect.

(Photo by Liz Hund/The Points Guy)

Liz and her family followed the recipe to the letter, save for the walnuts. I'm personally jealous of how absolutely amazing they look!

"We were so excited to make the famous Double Tree cookies and we were surprised with how good they turned out. We used all of the ingredients the recipe called for minus the walnuts and wow, they were dangerously delicious. I know that DoubleTree cookies are meant to be enjoyed fresh out of the oven, but I'd argue that they were even better the next day."

According to Liz, this recipe might actually be her family's new go-to.

Caitlin Riddell, Organic Social Media Lead

Caitlin enlisted the help of her niece for her batch. They only used 1/2 a cup of brown sugar, left out the walnuts and used half semisweet and half milk chocolate chips.

Caitlin's chocolate chip cookies
(Photo by Caitlin Riddell/The Points Guy)

"Verdict: The cookies are really delicious and they definitely remind me of DoubleTree’s, I think it’s the rolled oats. I give them an 8/10. Think the extra brown sugar would’ve made them a bit sweeter but they’re still very yummy!"

Jack Witty, Director of Business Analytics

Big shoutout to Jack for giving us the tip on bringing your cold ingredients to room temperature!

Jack's ingredients
(Photo by Jack Witty/The Points Guy)

Liz asking the important questions in our group Slack:

"The verdict is in! The smell especially reminded me of Hilton and the taste was right there too. We didn’t have any walnuts, but otherwise we stuck to the recipe."

Madison Blancaflor, TPG credit cards writer

I'll be the first to admit I am not a professional baker. But even still, I think these turned out pretty good! Like Caitlin, I used a hand mixer. I also swapped out the semisweet chocolate chips for dark chocolate (my favorite), and left out the walnuts.

Cookies in front of the tv
Hilton DoubleTree cookies + Darth Vader mug filled with almond milk + The Expanse on Amazon = An ideal Saturday night in lockdown (Photo by Madison Blancaflor/The Points Guy)

Mine were definitely not as insta-worthy as Liz's, but they still tasted great! Next time around, I'll definitely add in a little more flour (I may have mis-measured, because they weren't as thick as everyone else's).

Bottom line

All in all, I'd call our foray into baking a success! As someone who is far from a professional baker, I can confirm that anyone can follow the recipe with good results. We all miss getting to travel to our favorite destinations and stay at our favorite hotels, but the DoubleTree releasing its cookie recipe definitely brought a smile to our faces.

“We hope families enjoy the fun of baking together during their time at home, and we look forward to welcoming all our guests with a warm DoubleTree cookie when travel resumes," said McAteer.

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Plan on testing out the recipe yourself? Tag us with your verdict on Instagram @thepointsguy!

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023