PHOTO: To commemorate the opening of its 500th property, DoubleTree has released a cookie-inspired cookbook. (Photo via Flickr/Shoshana)
Since the beginning of time, hospitality companies have been offering sweet amenities to stand out from the competition. From mints on your pillow to personally recommended soap selections from the soap concierge, rare is the hotel that doesn’t offer a little something beyond a clean place to rest your head.
But perhaps the most endearing and globally known amenity is the fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie travelers receive upon checking in at DoubleTree by Hilton properties around the world. And we’re talking warm, gooey envelopes of love. If you haven’t had the pleasure, this is pure comfort food that helps chase away the hassles of traveling.
If you have had the pleasure, you know the odds are slim that cookie is going to survive past the elevator. Because no matter how much you plan to savor it, the warm smell will compel you to take just one bite, then another, then another and by the time you reach your room, your cookie is already a fond memory.’
According to a DoubleTree by Hilton fact sheet, each two-ounce cookie has an average of 20 chocolate chips. The hotel brand gives away more than 77,000 cookies a day, globally, which equates to 28 million cookie greetings per year. Since DoubleTree rolled out its cookie recipe in 1986, which it still uses today, it has given away more than 300 million cookies. More than a million of those cookies were donated to community members such as doctors, nurses and firefighters as well as community organizations and non-profit groups.
While the cookie recipe itself remains uniform across all DoubleTree properties around the world, many of the properties take their cookie culture one step further by rolling out cookie-infused recipes and traditions that also adopt locally famous elements.
A visit to DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Xishuangbanna in China would not be complete without trying the DoubleTree Durian Cookie Smoothie. Or how about the ultimate dessert treat, the DoubleTree Cookie Bread Pudding from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Airport in Georgia. Cookies for breakfast? You bet. Try the DoubleTree Cookie Pancakes at the DoubeTree by Hilton Burlingame in the San Francisco Bay Area.
If you need a recipe that’s a little stronger, try the DoubleTree Big Apple Martini from the recently opened DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York Times Square West, which also bears the honor of being DoubleTree’s 500th property.
To celebrate the milestone of 500 hotels worldwide, DoubleTree it has put together it’s first ever cookbook, titled, "We Have Cookies: Taste the World of DoubleTree by Hilton."
"DoubleTree by Hilton makes travel a treat by offering the thoughtful touches and little things that matter most, starting with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie," said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "In reaching this significant milestone of 500 hotels worldwide, we knew there was no better way to celebrate than by sharing the 'little thing' that resonates the best with our guests around the world - in a fresh, fun new way."
The cookbook is available in a digital format features 33 recipes and represents the flavors of 16 countries around the world.
"From the Tex-Mex-inspired DoubleTree Cookie Taco at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin to the DoubleTree Cookie-crusted rack of lamb at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok, there's no shortage in creativity in this recipe collection," adds Vaughan.
The recipe collection was designed with easy-to-follow recipes, local anecdotes and facts about the famous DoubleTree Cookie.
The recipe collection was designed with easy-to-follow recipes, local anecdotes and facts about the famous DoubleTree Cookie. Cookie lovers the world over can view the recipe collection at We Have Cookies.