"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.

Melt Away Bars

It is amazing to me how many awesome cookie recipes Grandma Bess collected! The recipes in Cookies by Bess aren’t just a collection of cookie recipes…every single recipe is so unique and so GOOD! Melt Away Bars are no exception. The flavors of this simple bar cookie are TO-DIE-FOR! I just can’t say it any…

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Scotch Oatmeal Cookies

I decided to make Scotch Oatmeal Cookies because I had a new container of quick oats in my pantry. It was an added surprise when I realized this recipe was so easy to make! Drop cookies tend to be easier and quicker to make than other types of cookies. This is always helpful when I…

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Cherry Cookies

What beautiful pictures! Cherry Cookies photograph so well! The finished cookies look good enough to eat! 😊 I just happen to have a jar of maraschino cherries in my refrigerator, so I was excited to find the Cherry Cookies recipe in Cookies by Bess. I was also excited because the recipe includes almond extract. The…

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Tiny Toffee Bars

Tiny Toffee Bars are very similar to English Toffee Bars No. 1, both by Cookies by Bess of course. English Toffee Bars No. 1 are an all time favorite of every singles family member and friend. I haven’t posted the recipe for English Toffee Bars No. 1 yet; my plan is to post the 4…

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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!"