DoubleTree Released Their Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

For the first time in the company’s history, DoubleTree by Hilton has lifted the veil on their world famous chocolate chip cookie recipe; and it’s exactly what we need to get through this quarantine. The cookies have become synonymous with a hotel stay at DoubleTree as all guest receive a fresh, warm cookie at check in.

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Senior Vice President and Global Head of DoubleTree Hilton explains, “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.”

Check out the recipe to create these delicious chocolate chip cookies in the comfort of your own home:

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DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Double Tree Chocolate Chip Cookies

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
½ cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch cinnamon
2 ⅔ cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chips chocolate chips
1 ¾ cups chopped walnuts

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Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

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.

With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix.

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.

Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.

Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.

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.

Limited Edition Tiramisu Oreos in Stores Now

Oreo lovers rejoice! The limited edition Tiramisu Oreo have begun to hit shelves across the US, making quarantine that much more interesting. I don’t know if any Oreo can live up to the Chocolate Marshmallow Oreos that were released last year, but I just had to give the Tiramisu cookies a try just in case.

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Limited Edition Tiramisu Oreos

Upon opening the package, I could smell a sweet aroma with hints of coffee. Now if you have never tried tiramisu, it’s a layered dessert comprised of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, a pudding-like mixture made with mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder. That’s a lot of flavor to live up to but somehow Oreo managed to capture them all in one cookie.

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The Tiramisu Oreos feature the same cookie that we all know and love with two layers of cream in between. The tan creme tastes brings out the coffee flavor of a quintessential tiramisu. In addition to the coffee flavor, the white creme resembles that of an Italian sweet cream.

Overall, I think the Tiramisu Oreos are a pleasant addition to the product portfolio. These cookies are quite sweet so I don’t see myself being able to eat that many in one sitting, which is probably for the best anyway. However, I think a Tiramisu Oreo with my morning latte is just the thing I need to get myself through these monotonous days in quarantine.

You can find the Tiramisu Oreo cookies in Target and Walmart stores nationwide. Be sure to check the product locator on each retailer’s website to make sure the item is in stock at your local store before you visit.

7-Eleven Joins Edible Cookie Dough Craze

Lately, I have been a little bit obsessed with cookie dough, but to be fair, there have been so many new products coming out in this category. A couple weeks ago, I tried the Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Chunks and continue to see even more edible cookie dough products hitting the shelves. Now 7-Eleven is contributing to the cookie dough craze with their own version of edible cookie dough.

If you haven’t tried any of 7-Eleven’s private branded snacks, you are missing out. Chips, candy, and even ice cream; 7-Eleven has a whole range of hidden gems under their private label. The 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough was recently introduced in stores nationwide. As the package states, this cookie dough is both safe to eat and bakeable.

The 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough comes in three varieties: Chocolate Chip, Birthday Sprinkle, and Peanut Butter Cup. Unfortunately, my local 7-Eleven did not have the chocolate chip flavor in stock so I had to settle with the other two offerings. Let’s get to the review:

Birthday Sprinkle

7-Select Birthday Sprinkle Edible Cookie Dough

First of all, these are huge chunks of dough. Like any birthday cake-inspired product, these cookie dough bites are really appealing to the eye. In every chunk of dough you can clearly see sprinkles galore. I expected the dough to smell like sweet cake batter, but honestly could not smell much. Despite the lack of birthday cake aroma, I shoved a whole chunk in my mouth.

The dough is very soft and melts in your mouth while the sprinkles add texture and sweetness. Overall, I was not amazed by the taste of this Birthday Sprinkle cookie dough. When it comes to birthday cake I expect the sweet, rich taste of batter with an additional touch of sugar from the sprinkles. I did not pick up that classis birthday cake flavor in this cookie dough. Maybe I will pop these in the oven and see if it changes anything.

Peanut Butter Cup

7-Select Peanut Butter Cup Edible Cookie Dough

Similar to the Birthday Sprinkle cookie dough, these chunks of 7-Select Peanut Butter Cup dough are much larger than normal cookie dough bites that I have seen. This cookie dough actually exudes a strong peanut butter smell once you take the lid off and I was living for it. Reese’s and 7-Eleven teamed up to provide cookie dough with the perfect peanut butter smell.

They did not disappoint in the taste category either. Peanut butter dough mixed with little pieces of Reese’s peanut butter cups creates a truly delicious combination. I enjoyed the balance between both sweet candy and the salty notes from the peanut butter. This Peanut Butter Cup Edible Cookie Dough definitely edged out the birthday cake flavor in my book.

Okay now for my final thoughts…

I am fully on board with this edible cookie dough trend. Look, I disregard the warnings about salmonella every time I bake anything; brownies, cookies, etc. If edible cookie dough ends the hysteria around eating cookie dough, then I can hop on the bandwagon. I like that 7-Eleven markets this cookie dough as bakeable too because it shows people can consume this product in more than one way.

In relation to the other edible cookie dough products I have tried, this 7-Select Edible Cookie Dough ranks pretty high. I ate one cookie dough chunk from each container and my craving was fully satisfied. I definitely do not recommend eating the whole container in one sitting. Aside from a stomach ache, a full container of these cookie dough bites will cost you over 700 calories. However, you can catch me indulging on these edible cookie dough bites from now on.

Are We Crazy for Confetti?

I think it’s time to talk about one thing that is running rampant in our grocery stores; confetti. Have you noticed the rise of confetti products everywhere? I swear it’s all cake, cookies, Pop-Tarts and more with nothing but sprinkles galore.

Look, I enjoy sprinkles just as much as the next gal. A spoonful on my ice cream, cupcakes, or donuts not only adds some extra sugar but also makes the dessert even more fun and appealing. However, this year I have seen an excess of “confetti” products hit the shelves. When did the “confetti” or “birthday cake” product category get so big?

Pillsbury has even broadened the range of confetti products by introducing Funfetti pancake mix. Now, the confetti cakes and cookies I can understand, but pancakes? Even though I don’t like to admit, pancakes are pretty much just a dessert in disguise. When you throw sprinkles into the mix, the breakfast facade is completely lifted.

I’m not completely against confetti, Funfetti, or whatever you want to call it but I have seen so many confetti products that it really makes me wonder if brands feel compelled to add these products to their portfolio. I tend to think of Pillsbury when it comes to confetti because they introduced Funfetti cake in 1989. Although Pillsbury has definitely expanded the Funfetti brand across other products, they are no longer the only player in this space. Recently, brands such as Pop-Tart, Hostess, Hungry Jack, and many more have joined in on the confetti craze.

On Ranker, Funfetti cake ranks 21 on a list of cakes based on deliciousness. Similarly, a survey conducted by 973 The Dawg found that Funfetti came in last on the list of most popular birthday cake flavors. It appears that confetti is not the first choice for many consumers, so how come we are seeing even more products coming out with the same theme?

Let me clear the air; I do not have a personal vendetta against confetti. In fact, I think the confetti and birthday cake products are pretty fun. I believe that confetti appeals more to children rather than adults, but there must be a growing market for these products if so many brands are releasing their own spin on it. I simply want to acknowledge that confetti is taking over right before our eyes.

How do you feel about the rise of confetti foods? Let me know in the comments below!

REVIEW: Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Cookie Dough

I am not afraid to admit that I’ve taken a spoon to a Costco-sized tub of Nestle Toll House Cookie dough on occasion. Now, there is an even easier way to snack on cookie dough without the shame of eating out of the bucket. Ben and Jerry’s recently added snackable cookie dough to their product lineup to entice cookie dough lovers alike.

Ben and Jerry’s debuts Snackable Cookie Dough Chunks on Instagram

Interestingly enough, this snackable cookie dough is located in the freezer section next to all the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, whereas other cookie dough products can be found in the refrigerated section. The packaging instructs to keep the cookie dough chunks frozen, otherwise the dough gets too soft and loses its form.

I often find it difficult to locate new products around me, so I was surprised to find these cookie dough chunks on a recent trip to Target. At about $4.30 per package, you receive 8 ounces of snackable cookie dough to enjoy. Ben and Jerry’s also made sure to give customers options and introduced 3 varieties: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Vegan Chocolate Chip.

At Target, I found both the Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavors, but did not find the vegan version. I decided to purchase the chocolate chip cookie dough and resisted the urge to break into the bag on the commute home. By the time I got home and opened the package, the cookie dough pieces had begun to thaw.

The Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Cookie Dough Chunks are beyond delightful. I expected the cookie dough to be more firm; however, the chunks were fairly soft and chewy. By storing the cookie dough in the freezer, the cookie dough keeps its shape and avoids sticking together. Each chunk has the soft, sugary texture that us cookie dough fanatics crave in addition to tiny chocolate chip pieces in every bite.

I’m not sure about you, but I have tried to create edible cookie dough myself and it’s a pain to manage. The Ben and Jerry’s Snackable Dough removes the hassle of making edible cookie dough and the shame of eating raw cookie dough out of the package. This product can accompany a bowl of ice cream or stand on its own. Regardless, if you enjoy cookie dough I am sure you will love the Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough Chunks.

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

I recently visited my local Target and immediately found a bunch of pumpkin spice-themed products. To get in the fall spirit, I decided to try a few of these products. From cookies to candies, here are my thoughts on some of the items I found:

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Pepperidge Farm produces extremely popular products including Milanos and Goldfish. I, for one, had never seen these Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies before so I wanted to give them a try. For starters, the white chocolate chips in these cookies are delicious and I found myself wanting more. The cookie itself is very reminiscent of a molasses or gingerbread cookie. Overall, this cookie provided the quintessential fall flavors that I was craving.

Werther’s Pumpkin Spice Caramels

I had high hopes for these caramels because I love the original Werther’s soft caramels, but these did not live up to my expectations. The pumpkin spice flavor is extremely faint and I nearly forgot they were different from the original caramels. I love pumpkin spice as much as the next girl, but these did not provide that quintessential fall flavor that I was looking for.

White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s

Look, I am a purist when it comes to M&M’s and rarely stray from the original candies. However, in recent years there have been some delicious, new flavors including the caramel M&M’s. While the White Pumpkin Pie M&M’s may not be my first choice, I definitely enjoyed them. Each M&M is packed with a blend of white chocolate and pumpkin flavors. Like any other type of M&M, these can be incredibly addicting so proceed with caution.