These are proof that cookies can be tasty and good for you! Packed with flax meal and oats, these Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are a gluten-free and butter-free spin on the infamous DoubleTree Hotel Cookies!
These Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies are a gluten-free, healthy-ish spin on the infamous DoubleTree Hotel Cookies!
While there are a bunch of copycat versions of these cookies around, these are one of a few recipes that are a healthy-ish spin on those DoubleTree ones.
These cookies are yet another attempt of mine to show that delicious cookies can be packed with wholesome ingredients too!
What are the ingredients needed to make these Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies?
You will need the following 12 ingredients to make these cookies:
- Peanut Butter
- Brown Sugar
- Flax Meal
- Rice Flour
- Rolled Oats
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Baking Powder
- Coconut Oil, Melted
- Pecan Pieces
- Chocolate Chips, A mix of milk and semisweet if you like
The story behind how these cookies happened…
I attend a pretty unconventional church where it’s the norm to find bicycle stuntmen, Michael Jackson Impersonators, and dudes clad in leather riding Harley Davidsons – all on stage!
However, from all the acts I have seen on that stage, the one that intrigued me the most was a canister of DoubleTree Cookies.
You see, one Sunday while trying to illustrate a point, the pastor brought out these DoubleTree cookies, and with much pomp and circumstance, offered some of these cookies to a select few people in our congregation, while touting them as The Best Cookies Ever!
As I watched spouses and parents (who were lucky enough to get one of these cookies) find a seat far away from their family members, so they wouldn’t have to share the cookies with them, I realized I had to get my hands on at least one of those cookies!
As wrestling the pastor to get that canister out of his hand was not an option, I figured I would order myself a canister from DoubleTree themselves because I clearly had to taste The Best Cookies Ever — right?
Well, 5 days after I placed my order, I received my canister of 6 DoubleTree cookies. My daughter ceremoniously divided the cookies up between us, making sure she got the 3 largest ones.
I poured each of us a tall glass of cold, non-dairy, milk, and we sat down to savor “The Best Cookies Ever”! Right there from where we were sitting, those cookies smelled divine – and I figured they tasted even more so…
Then I took my first bite…
Gosh, darn it!
I wanted my money back!!
While those cookies were good, they were far from The Best Cookies Ever.
In fact, I think Chick Fil A’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are better than those from DoubleTree!
So, I did what any of us food bloggers would do, and set about making my own, tasty, yet gluten-free, butter-free, version.
After fumbling through several batches to get the taste and texture drool-worthy; I finally ended up with the batch you see here. Chock full of chocolate chips and pecans, sweet but not overly sweet, and with a sublime vanilla scent layered in, these cookies were good! So good!
Now, I won’t say these are The Best Cookies Ever, but my 17-year-old daughter (aka my biggest, most valued, harshest critique) said these were way, way better than those DoubleTree Cookies!
Don’t believe me? Well, I guess you’re going to have to make a batch and see for yourselves, eh?