"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.

Dutch Nut Crisps

I didn’t have a whole lot of time to bake this particular weekend, so I decided to make Dutch Nut Crisps.  I’ve been looking at this recipe for a while now as it seems easy to make.  I’ve hesitated trying the recipe because based on he directions, I just wasn’t sure how the cookies were…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes you just want a comfort food type cookie. You know, the kind your mom had for you, warm out of the oven when you got home from school. Cookies by Bess’ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are this kind of cookie recipe! Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are a traditional recipe that give you an oat…

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Lady Fingers

I’m sure everyone who bakes cookies knows what Lady Fingers are. I’m used to seeing them in Tiramisu or maybe served on the side with tea.  Depending on the recipe, they tend to be a little crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I’ve seen Lady Fingers served as a sandwich cookie or…

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Frosted Party Brownies

Frosted Party Brownies are one of three Cookies by Bess brownie recipes (Brownies No. 1, Rich Brownies No. 2). The Fudge Bars No. 1  and Fudge Bars No. 2 recipes can also be categorized as brownies, in my opinion.  Fudge Bars No. 1 includes a recipe for the best chocolate fudge frosting ever, so I…

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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!"