"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.


Pecan Sandies from Keebler were a favorite of mine when I was a kid. They were buttery, nutty, and super sweet! Granted they were store bought…so I probably shouldn’t admit to buying and eating them,but, I have to be honest, even when it comes to cookie eating! 😊 Knowing that Sandies were one of my…

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Bess Hoffman: ‘Baked with Love’

This week I decided to post another article from Cookies by Bess’ promotional tour back in 1980.  This article, Bess Hoffman: ‘Baked with Love’,  was written in The Post Crescent (newspaper serving Appleton-Neenah-Menasha, Wis.) on Tuesday, June 3, 1980. The article once again introduces Grandma Bess Hoffman and how she began baking cookies. her Cookies…

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French Pastries

I admit I was a little intimidated by the title of this cookie recipe, French Pastries. Just from the title, I imagined some type of fancy cookie that may require advanced skills to make. But I should have known better…Cookies by Bess is full of over 200 cookies recipes. Grandma Bess made sure most of…

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Lemon Drops

What could be better than lemon cookies on a spring/summer day? In my opinion, not much which is why I decided to make Cookies by Bess Lemon Drops! I also wanted to make a cookie that would bake up quickly because I didn’t have too much time. I always go to drop cookies  when I’ve…

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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!"