"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.

Virginia Cookies

Virginia Cookies are simple butter type cookie that substitutes a couple main ingredients resulting in a wonderfully flavored cookie! I was curious as to why these cookies are called Virginia Cookies, so Googled it to see what I could find. I found nothing. So, I’m guessing Grandma Bess found this recipe while visiting Virginia or…

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Fudge Balls

Who doesn’t love chocolate and nuts? I’m not the biggest chocolate fan…yes, I actually admit it, but put chocolate and nuts together in a cookie and I’m like most others who can’t resist. Fudge Balls from Cookies by Bess are a wonderfully chocolaty nutty cookie that will satisfy anyone’s chocolate cravings! The one unique ingredient…

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Date Surprises

Cookies by Bess has five wonderful date cookie recipes and now I’ve made them all! Date Bars No. 1 are on my all time list of favorite Cookies by Bess recipes! The oatmeal crust paired with the sweetened dates and crumble topping are simply awesome! Date Bars No. 2 and Date and Nut Bars are similar…

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Cinnamon Refrigerator Cookies

quicCinnamon Refrigerator Cookies are a simple refrigerator cookie recipe that is packed full of wonderful flavors. The cinnamon mixed with the brown sugar and almonds are a perfect combination! Slicing the cookies 1/8 inch thick results in a thin, light, and crispy cookie that is easy to pop in your mouth one right after another….

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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!"