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.

Rich Butter Cookies

Okay, I just have to say, Rich Butter Cookies is not the best title for this cookie recipe. When I think of rich butter cookies, I think of shortbread cookies or frosted cutouts or brown rimmed cookies…cookies that accentuate all the butter used. Cookies by Bess’ Rich Butter Cookies are filled with butter, but also…

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Honey Crisps

Cookies by Bess is full of unique cookie recipes from all over the world. I often wonder where Grandma Bess found all these wonderful recipes and wish I could ask her. Of all Grandma Bess’ recipes, Honey Crisps is one of the most uniquely flavored cookies I’ve made so far! The honey combined with the…

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Spice Specials

One of the things I love best about Cookies by Bess are all the unique cookie recipes. Spice Specials Is a perfect example!  Not only do the cookies have a unique taste, they have a combination of ingredients I haven’t seen before.  A unique cookie with an earthy and wholesome taste! After baking and tasting Spice…

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Pecan Delights

As I work my way through baking all the Cookies by Bess cookie recipes, it is amazing to me how good the finished cookies are. I just love how the cookie recipe titles highlight or accentuate the cookie type, taste, or the ingredients. But after baking Pecan Delights, I can say it is the first…

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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!"