Houston Hotel Shares Late Barbara Bush's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Chelsea Wade
April 26, 2018 - 7:15 am
Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A hotel in Houston is sharing the late Barbara Bush's famous chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Catherine Rodriguez is a pastry chef at the Houstonian Hotel. She said the former First Lady gave her the recipe a few years ago. "She said she would be honored and she was very flattered that we even asked," Rodriguez told KHOU-TV. 

Mrs. Bush used the recipe to win a cooking competition before passing it on to the hotel to sell. “The difference is it isn’t one of those chewy chocolatey chip cookies. It has oats in it, and it has Valrhona chocolate chips, which I consider the best chocolate. That’s what we use here at the hotel,” said Rodriguez. “I feel honored that I’m able to continue the tradition of the Barbara Bush Cookies.”

The Bushes called the Houstonian home for some time in the 1980s.

The hotel has given away more than 4,000 cookies in the past week. "We've been Barbara Bush cookie machines," said Rodriguez. The hotel stopped selling the cookies when Mrs. Bush passed away and they started giving them out for free. Now, the hotel is sharing the recipe with the world.

Barbara Bush’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies:


*1 cup butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

*2 eggs

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups instant oatmeal

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 package (12 oz) chocolate chips


Blend butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar.

Beat in the eggs.

Sift and add the flour.

Add the baking soda and salt.

Add and mix in the oatmeal, vanilla and chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

*Pro tip: Make sure butter and eggs are room temperature before mixing.