"Good homemade cookies never go out of style."

Cookies By Bess Assortment

Rich Chocolate Snowballs No. 1

Mom's Butter Cookies

Pinwheel Cookies

est. 1960

Welcome to Cookies By Bess!

What began as a vintage cookie recipe book, first published by Bess Hoffman in 1960, and then again by Rich & Toby Hoffman in 1980, has been revitalized once again into a cookie community for all!  This timeless brand continues with Janet Hoffman (grand-daughter and daughter) sharing the story and blogging about all things cookies, family, and friendship.

Butterscotch Chocolate Nut Cookies

Butterscotch Chocolate Nut Cookies is Part 2 of the Butterscotch Coconut Cookies recipe. Several of Cookies by Bess recipes have variations listed, generally for using different ingredients (different jams, nuts, fats, or fruit). The Butterscotch Coconut Cookies variation of adding melted chocolate and substituting chopped nuts for coconut actually creates a completely differently flavored cookie! Butterscotch…

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Butterscotch Coconut Cookies

I love cookies with coconut, so Butterscotch Coconut Cookies was a perfect choice to make for this sunny spring day! I love butterscotch syrup on ice cream and I love butterscotch chips, so I just assumed I’d love Butterscotch Coconut cookies! But as I was reading the recipe, I wondered what exactly is butterscotch anyway?…

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Cathy’s Ginger Creams

As I continue to bake all of the Cookies by Bess cookie recipes, I am excited most by making the “name-sake” cookies! There is a cookie recipe named for each of the women in the family around the time Grandma Bess first published Cookies by Bess! Cathy’s Ginger Creams is the third name-sake cookie I’ve…

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Fudge Bars No. 1

If you’ve followed my blog to this point, you know that chocolate isn’t necessarily my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I like chocolate, but I’m not a chocaholic like some. After making and tasting Cookies by Bess’ Fudge Bars No. 1 with chocolate frosting, I think I’ve changed my mind. Or maybe I’ve gone out…

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Bess Hoffman

"My cookies recipes are easy to follow and easy to do—and they taste delicious."


Janet Hoffman

"I love baking my Grandma Bess's cookies. It's become a great tradition in my home!"