"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.

Rich Brownies No. 2

So, I made Cookies by Bess’ Brownies No. 1 a while ago and they were so good I vowed never to bake boxed brownies again…and I haven’t!  I was in the mood for brownies again, so I decided to bake Rich Brownies No. 2. The recipes are somewhat the same and somewhat different. But I…

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Little Nutmeg Butter Balls

Little Nutmeg Butter Balls are another winner cookie recipe from Cookies by Bess! This recipe combines the wonderful tasting butter cookie with just enough spicy nutmeg to make you want to eat more cookies! After all my baking, I have become partial to making molded or shaped cookies. For some reason, to me, there is…

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Party Face Cookies

I’ve been looking at this Party Face Cookies recipe for quite a while. I’m not exactly sure why I waited so long to make these awesome cookies…I had everything in my baking pantry and they are a drop cookie…what could be better? Before I get into the baking steps, I want to first apologize in…

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Snickerdoodles! Yay! After all my years of baking cookies, I’ve never made Snickerdoodles…until now. I’ve loved eating these wonderfully unique flavored cookies…they are sweet and almost spicy with a flavor I could never figure out. Now that I know the recipe, I know the secret! Based on all the Snickerdoodles I’ve tried over the years,…

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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!"