GEICO Gecko holding plate of cookies

The Gecko’s Mum’s Secret Biscuit (Cookie) Recipe Revealed!

In a recent GEICO commercial featuring the Gecko, we accompanied our little green friend over to his new neighbors’ house to give them a plateful of cookies as a housewarming gift, and to remind them that GEICO can help with homeowners insurance. However, when asked to reveal the secret ingredient that made them so good, the Gecko was mum (no pun intended), as it was his own mother’s secret recipe.

But inquiring minds still want to know! So we kept pushing.

“Really, mates, I can’t. It’s my mum’s secret recipe,” he insisted.

“Aw, c’mon. You can tell us,” we pleaded.

Eventually, we wore him down. On a conference call to his mum, the Gecko respectfully asked for permission to share.

“Of course, love!” she consented. “Joy is meant to be spread around.”

So here it is, and boy were we surprised! Try out the recipe below and tell us what you think in the comments!

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GEICO Gecko holding plate of cookies

Mum’s (Not-So-Secret-Anymore) Biscuit (Cookie) Recipe

Serves: 12


  • ¾ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Dough Preparation:

  1. Mix butter, brown sugar and white sugar until creamy.
    • Pro tip from Mum: Use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment if you have one. It  only takes about a minute.
  2. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Beat to combine.
  3. Add espresso powder, baking soda, cornstarch, salt and flour, and beat until a soft dough forms.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Chill mixture covered in refrigerator for 2 hours minimum, but no more than 3 days. Chilling is necessary to prevent dough from spreading during baking.

Baking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Drop dough in rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
    • Pro tip from Mum: Make the dough rounds higher rather than they are wide so when they spread, they stay puffy in the middle.
  3. Bake for 9-12 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even baking.
  4. Cool completely on the cookie sheets before serving.
    • Pro tip from Mum: When you take them out of the oven, don’t worry if they appear slightly undercooked in the center—they will continue to cook as they cool. Don’t over-bake!
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  1. Heather says,

    Could you maybe post a picture of what the finished product should look like?
    Has anyone made the recipe yet?

  2. D Wright says,

    I had a few questions about the serving size mentioned in the recipe.
    Is the serving size measured for geckos or people?
    What was the serving size depicted in the commercial?

    PS Despite the neighbor’s outward appearance, perhaps he was retreating to the kitchen in order to wash the plate before returning it. His wife seemed nice so he must have had some redeeming qualities.

  3. Robert Yeldell says,

    Has anyone else wondered how the gecko rings the door bell? At the beginning of this commercial you hear the door bell ring. Not only is the gecko to small to reach the the door bell switch, but the gecko is holding a plate of biscuits when the lady answers the door.

  4. JoEllen S Landman says,

    Love Geico commercials but this one irks me. The guy is rude and grabs the plate of biscuits and eats them in one swoop. Even his wife looks annoyed with his lack of manners. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. Cricket says,

    So, I thought for sure the recipe contained crickets and mealworms since that’s what geckos eat and humans will eat crickets. ??