The reason DoubleTree finally released its iconic cookie recipe

The DoubleTree Hotel's iconic chocolate chip cookie has been a fan favorite since 1986 when the chain first introduced the treat as part of its turndown service. A decade later, the hospitality company decided their chocolate chip cookie was better served while guests were checking in, and a cult classic was born. The cookie is so beloved by those who have tasted it that it has spawned numerous copycat recipes. Even so, the DoubleTree hasn't made the real recipe available to the public... until now.

In a press release, DoubleTree's senior vice president and global head, Shawn McAteer said, "We know this is an anxious time for everyone. A warm chocolate chip cookie can't solve everything, but it can bring a moment of comfort and happiness. 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" (via Hilton Newsroom).

DoubleTree released the cookie recipe as a response to the coronavirus pandemic

The recipe's release is sure to be exciting news not only for the cookie's fans who, unless they are registered guests of a DoubleTree Hotel, are only able to get the cookie at a DoubleTree on National Cookie Day, December 4, but also for the countless people who are sheltering in place during the pandemic and looking for ways to pass the time in the kitchen. Baking has long been known to help anxiety, and the stay at home orders have even spawned a sourdough baking craze.

Every year, the DoubleTree uses more than 1.2 million pounds of chocolate chips; and over 483 million cookies have been served, so we can only imagine the batch size of cookie batter that the hotel needs to prepare every day. But not to worry, the DoubleTree recipe on offer, which can be found here, makes just 26 cookies. There are a number of surprise ingredients (lemon juice and rolled oats), and those who have nut allergies can omit the walnuts. And if you love the cookie as much as we do, we suggest you save a copy of recipe, because we've already done the same. 

The Washington Post reports that the Instagram hashtag #doubletreecookies has more than 5,000 posts from users uploading their favorite photo of the celebrity cookie, and that number is sure to go up as bakers start pulling those trays out of their ovens.