"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.

Brown Rim Cookies

Butter cookies extraordinaire! Brown Rim Cookies by Cookies by Bess are what I think of when I think of butter cookies…with a fancy cherry on top! As with all other cookies recipes that call for “shortening”, I substituted the shortening with butter. Sorry Grandma Bess, I just have a hard time using that much shortening…

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Chocolate Shot Rounds

Chocolate Shot Rounds are a fun twist on the normal oatmeal cookie. All the basics are there like butter, vanilla, etc. The twist comes with the chocolate shots or chocolate sprinkles.  I just love cookies made with oatmeal or quick oats, so I was excited to make Chocolate Shot Rounds! Another twist with this cookie recipe…

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London Stripes

I didn’t know what to think when I saw and read the recipe for London Stripes. I’ve never heard of this cookie before, so I had to Googled it to see if there was any information about the recipe. I got nothing. Seems London Stripes from Cookies by Bess is a one of a kind,…

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Cinnamon Nut Tea Cake Bars

This recipe title is a bit confusing…am I making a tea cakes or tea bars? I was expecting the recipe to have two versions, one resulting in a tea cakes and another tea bars…well, what I got was one recipe and  wonderful Cinnamon Nut Tea Cake Bars! After making Cinnamon Nut Tea Cake Bars, I…

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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!"