Doubletree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is one of my favourite biscuit recipes, and one to which I try to convert everyone. A few weeks ago I noticed Adam made them, possibly based on a comment I had made to his or Angela's site about chocolate chip cookie recipes. You see, about 10 years ago my father and I were travelling through Kentucky and Tennessee for his business (I was just a handbag) and we stayed at the Doubletree Hotel in Nashville. When we checked in we received the most incredible, most wonderful, most gorgeous chocolate chip cookie we've ever tasted. They were still warm from the oven, crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle. I had never tasted anything like it; they were so good we ordered them for room service the next night!
For years I'd wanted to make those cookies but assumed I'd never know the recipe. Somehow, along the way I discovered the website Top Secret Recipes, and it was listed there! Apparently the genuine recipe from the Doubletree hotel chain! Wowee! The recipe is no longer freely available there, but can be found by judicious Googling. I found mine here.
I tend to increase the amount of cinnamon in these biscuits by about 4; I really love the cinnamon taste. This time I added quite a lot of chopped nuts I had hanging around (pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds) , as I didn't have quite enough chocolate.
However, I have a baking problem with chocolate chip cookies. I take them out when they've turned golden and look ready etc. but they're always soggy and not cooked enough! I am careful not to leave them in too long, because I prefer a chewy rather than a crunchy cookie, but this is beyond chewy into some other realm of awfulness. With this batch I returned them to the oven for about 10 minutes, but that turned them into really crunchy biscuits. Some people may like them that way (and many people did) but I don't! Is it just a matter of leaving my biscuits in the oven a little longer than stated in the recipe? I don't think that feels very accurate - as it is I'm concerned that they'll be overcooked if I leave them in the full cooking time. Hmmm. Any ideas?