Friday, September 9, 2011
About 10 years ago, I "created" my first recipe. Later, I realized that others had come up with a very, very similar recipe, so I felt a little, tiny bit validated. The cookie recipe was a mimic of the Doubletree Hotel's cookies. If you've never been to one, I'm sorry. For me, they pretty much win the best check-in experience, because they (at least used to) give you warm cookies upon arrival. We stayed at one of these hotels for my cousin's wedding when I was in high school, and immediately after eating the cookies I was on a quest to make them for myself. The result was the recipe below, and when I finally Googled "Doubletree Hotel cookie recipe" out of curiosity last year, an almost identical recipe popped up. I was glad to know that great cookie loving minds think alike. Anyways, my family, friends, my mom's students, and countless others have enjoyed these cookies for the past 10 years, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you. When I made these the other day, N said to me "don't forget the sugar," in reference to several recent failed attempts at cookie baking. I was able to assure him that these cookies were different. They are tried and true, and full of sugar!
My Favorite Cookies (Special Oatmeal Chocolate Chip)
1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2-1/2 cups rolled oats
12 oz chocolate chips (try to use Ghirardelli's)
1-1/2 cups crushed pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice and blend well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Next, blend in rolled oats, with either your blender or a spoon.
Stir in chocolate chips (and nuts). Drop cookie dough using a tablespoon onto a baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown at 350°F. Makes 3.5 dozen cookies.