English Toffee Bars No. 1

"Good homemade cookies never go out of style."

Rich Chocolate Snowballs No. 1

Mom's Butter Cookies

Pinwheel Cookies

Butternut Swedish Cookies

Bess' Favorites!

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.

Chocolate Snowballs No. 2

There are several cookie recipes in Cookies by Bess with a “No.1” and “No.2” designation. I’ve learned this means Grandma Bess had two different recipes with the same, or almost the same title. This week I’m making Chocolate Snowballs No. 2 which are paired with Rich Chocolate Snowballs No. 1. Other numbered recipes include English…

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Coconut Crisps

This was my second time making Cookies by Bess’ Coconut Crisps.  The first time around, I followed the recipe as written and the cookies were, of course, awesome!  Sweet and sugary from the two sugars and coconut, crispy and nutty from the corn flakes and walnuts. My second time around (today), I decided to change…

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Joanne’s Tasty Pineapple Bars

It took me a while to make Joanne’s Tasty Pineapple Bars for one reason, I couldn’t find pineapple preserves. I looked for them in several grocery stores without luck. One day while shopping in my neighborhood store, I walked by a display of ice cream toppings. Right there next to the strawberry and chocolate fudge…

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Spritz Cookies

When I started baking Cookies by Bess recipes, I shied away from cookie press recipes because I thought they were more difficult to make. After baking several cookie press recipes (Delicious Chocolate Teas, Chocolate Dips, Cinnamon Swirls, Tea Dainties, Virginia Cookies), I have become a big fan of Cookies by Bess cookie press recipes…and now…

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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!"