Cookies By Bess 60th Anniversary Slider

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.

Sesame Seed Cookies

If I’m being completely honest, I actually baked Cookies by Bess’ Sesame Seed Cookies recipe a while ago. As normal, after baking the cookies and taking photos of all the steps, I went to download the images and begin the blogging process. Much to my dismay, the images weren’t there. Seems, I had just started…

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Christmas Logs

It’s the holiday season, so a time for fun, festivities and forgiveness…right? I ask because as I was preparing to post this Christmas Logs blog, I notice a pretty significant mistake I made in baking these cookies. If you’ve read my blogs, you know I’m always honest about Grandma Bess’ recipes and cookies. So, to…

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Butter Nut Swedish Cookies

At this time of year, I would usually post a blog about a Cookies by Bess holiday cookie recipe. This year, instead of a holiday cookie, I’m posting a very special Cookies by Bess cookie recipe that may not be a Christmas cookie per se, but like in my family, it certainly can become a…

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Brazil Nut Date Chews

I’ve been looking at Cookies by Bess’ Brazil Nut Date Chews recipe for years. I finally found some Brazil nuts, so I was eager to get baking! After waiting so long the make these cookies, I now can’t stop thinking about them. I confess, I actually made Brazil Nut Date Chews a few months ago….

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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!"