"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.

You can’t keep Bess away from cookie sheets

One of my favorite things about recreating Cookies by Bess is reading all the old newspaper articles written about Bess. A lot of the information in the articles is the same, as the stories are the stories, but each article also has at least one new “tidbit”. The “tidbit” I learned from You can’t keep…

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Soft Ginger Cookies

I happen to love soft cookies and molasses, so I was super excited to make Soft Ginger Cookies by Cookies by Bess! As I read through the recipe, I was taken back a bit by the large amount of each ingredient needed!  5-cups of flour, 4-teaspoons of baking powder?  I thought about cutting the recipe…

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June’s Cream Cheese Jam Pockets

The “June” in June’s Cream Cheese Jam Pockets is definitely my Aunt June, Bess’ oldest daughter, my Dad’s older sister. I know Aunt June from our family visits to Chicago. We always stopped to see Aunt June, Uncle Sy, and my cousins Paula Rea, Bob, and Steve. I loved our visits to Chicago! There was…

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Chocolate Oatmeal Drops

Check out this list of ingredients! Chocolate Oatmeal Drops are filled with so much amazing goodness in every bite! I don’t remember ever having a chocolate oatmeal cookie before, so I was excited to try something new…I was also excited about how all the different ingredients in one cookie were going to taste! After trying…

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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!"