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DoubleTree Hotels Finally Shared The Recipe For Their Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies are truly the hugs of the confectionary world.

There’s something comforting about staying in a hotel. Even if you are traveling for work or staying someplace you’ve been a dozen times, you can’t help but give a sigh of relief once you’ve settled into your hotel room. Well, DoubleTree by Hilton has always taken that comfort to the next level by providing guests a complimentary chocolate chip cookie upon arrival. Now you might be thinking “are you really assessing a level of comfort provided by a hotel based on their willingness to give out free cookies?” And the answer is obviously yes.

To say these cookies are crowd pleasers is an understatement. More than 30 million of the hotel chain’s chocolate chip cookies are consumed each year and they were even the first cookies to be baked in space! But since it’s inception, DoubleTree has kept their chocolate chip cookie recipe a secret ensuring that their baked-at-home goodness could only be found at their many locations (unless you happen to pass by the International Space Station). Over the weekend, however, they finally released the recipe…and the crowd went wild! Ok I went wild, but still there was wildness to be had! Of the reveal Senior Vice President of DoubleTree by Hilton 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.”

Ok so here is the official recipe according to Hilton:

DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

Makes 26 cookies

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

1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts

  1. Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. 
  2. 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. 
  3. With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix. 
  4. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart. 
  6. Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft. 
  7. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.
  8. 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.

If you’re looking for even more fool-proof instructions, there’s a video!

Official Recipe: The Signature DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie from Hilton Newsroom on Vimeo.

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You Can Now Make The Famous ‘Grey Stuff’ From ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Right In Your Own Kitchen

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You’re going to love this sweet dessert…don’t believe me? Ask the dishes.

I know I’m not the only person to watch Beauty and the Beast  and wonder “what exactly is that grey stuff the candelabra is singing about?!”

In case you somehow forgot, in the song “Be Our Guest” Lumiere tries to convince Belle to stay in the spooky castle by offering up some top notch hospitality. One of his methods to tempt the beauty to stay was to ask her to “try the grey stuff (it’s delicious).” And while we can’t be sure, I have an inkling that the curiosity to taste the “grey stuff” was what really kept Belle hanging around…

The film never did disclose the contents of the “grey stuff” but luckily for us the chefs at Disney brought the dessert to life at the Red Rose Tavern in Disneyland and Be Our Guest restaurant in Walt Disney World. Even more lucky however, Disney just released the recipe so we can now make the dessert from the comfort of our very own kitchens!

The recipe is actually pretty straightforward. Turns out the “grey stuff” is basically a mixture of sandwich cookies, whipped topping and vanilla pudding, served up on a scalloped cookie. In fact, Disney put together an adorable video to break down just how simple the recipe is.

Disney’s Grey Stuff

1 1/2 cups milk

3.4 oz. instant vanilla pudding mix

15 cookies and cream sandwich cookies

8 oz. whipped topping

1 Tbsp. instant chocolate pudding mix

Scalloped cookies

1. Pour the milk into a mixing bowl and add the vanilla pudding mix. Whisk until smooth

2. Put the cookies and cream sandwich cookies into a food processor and puree until finely ground.

3. Add pureed cookies to the milk and vanilla pudding mixture. Stir until well combined

4. Add in the whipped topping and chocolate pudding mix and stir until well combined.

5. Let the mixture chill in the refrigerator to thicken.

6. Once chilled, put the grey stuff into a piping bag, and pipe onto scalloped cookies.

Not to get all provincial but…”voila!” It’s that simple. Now you can turn your home into a magical castle filled with delicious “grey stuff” whenever you want!

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Check Out The Three-Ingredient Crème Brûlée That Has Taken Over Social Media

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Making this dessert is easy as one, two, three…literally.

Move over say-so dance. Step aside pew-pew-pew challenge. Beat it tootsie slide. There’s a new TikTok trend sweeping the nation and this one has nothing to do with dancing…which is good news for those of us with two left feet. A simple crème brûlée recipe has gone viral after user @ShefShaq demonstrated just how easy making the popular dessert can be. No need to keep the fire extinguisher close-by, you don’t even need a blow torch for this!

The simplified recipe uses just three ingredients: vanilla ice cream, egg yolks, and sugar. First, you take a half of cup of ice cream and melt it down in the microwave. Once melted, add one egg yolk and whisk until fully incorporated. Pour the mixture into a ramekin and preheat your oven to 325º. You want to add enough hot water to a baking pan to cover about half of the ramekin. Place your ramekin into the pan and bake for 40-50 minutes. Once baked, put the ramekin in the fridge to chill for about two hours. After they’re cooled, melt down some sugar in a pan on your stove top. Once the sugar has caramelized, quickly pour it onto the crème brûlées. The caramel will harden to provide that same crunchy, sugary layer we expect from a traditional crème brûlée. It’s truly amazing!

It seems a lot more complicated when it’s written out but check out the video below to see just how easy it is to make this at-home version of a confectionary classic!

@shefshaq

You do NOT need a blow torch. 🔥 #food #foodlover #easyrecipes #quickrecipes #foryou #foryoupage #fyp #baking

♬ original sound – shefshaq

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SNACKS AND THE CITY: Finally, The Inside Scoop On The TAK Room Creamsicle I’m Obsessed With

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Orange Creamsicle dessert from Tak Room NYC

Now I finally know what goes behind the secret dessert I dream about.

Hidden within Hudson Yards is a new favorite of mine…Chef Thomas Keller’s TAK Room. I went to dinner there back in May, and honestly, it was not just some of the best food I’ve had, it was the service that was truly above and beyond expectation.

The restaurant is high end, to be sure, so I was wondering what I would be able to bring to the Snackist website that would be unique, tasty, and snackable.

Well, I found it – but it wasn’t on the menu! A creamsicle inspired dessert that looked – and tasted – scrumptious, but there was only the server’s verbal explanation of what went into it – it wasn’t described on the menu or the website.

Until now. Thanks to their twitter feed, a detailed look at what goes into this memorable treat that is as beautiful as it is sweet and delicious. And not surprisingly, there’s a lot of time and thought that went into this:

Vanilla Ice Cream, infused for 24 hours with orange zest, and Orange Sorbet made with Cara Cara, Valencia, and Navel Oranges, held together in a white chocolate and cocoa butter shell.

 

Take one bite of this dessert and you’ll know it was prepared with such care. It has a depth of flavor you’ll want to take your time with. I know people have a tendency to order desserts and share them, but honestly, don’t make me share this. I’m not capable of this level of kindness.

If you’re looking for a splurge worthy dinner, definitely head to Tak Room – check out their menu here! And definitely save room for THIS dessert!!!

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