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.

Brazil Nut Cookies

Brazil nuts, where do you find Brazil nuts? It took me forever to find Brazil nuts for Grandma Bess’ Brazil Nut Cookies! Not sure if I was looking off season or what, but when I saw a bag of Brazil nuts, I grabbed them quick! And these cookies were worth waiting for! One of the…

read more

Jelly Jumbles

It has taken me forever to make Jelly Jumbles because I couldn’t find currant jelly in any grocery store. I finally found it in a local health food store, snatched it up and made the cookies! I was surprised every step of the way while making Jelly Jumbles. The recipe has several steps and require…

read more

Wausua’s own ‘Cookie Lady’ honored by granddaughter

Will wonders ever cease? Honestly, this Cookies by Bess journey I’m on never ceases to amaze me! Whether it’s the amazing cookie recipes I’ve been baking over the last several years or the periodic encounter I have with a former Cookies by Bess cookie book owner or long time family friend…there is always something to…

read more

Chocolate Stars

Chocolate Stars by Cookies by Bess has to be one of the most unique tasting cookies I’ve tried so far! The recipe includes a ton of chocolate combined with zesty lemon and almonds. Certainly a combination I wasn’t expecting in a cookie recipe! Chocolate, lemon, and almonds…how do I even try to describe the taste…

read more

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!"