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.

“Cookies baked with love”

The Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Food section writer Diane Page interviewed Grandma Bess way back in December, 1980 and published the below article titled “Cookies baked with love”.  I can’t think of a better name for an article written about Grandma Bess than, “Cookies baked with love”! Grandma Bess talked to many newspapers, radio and TV talk…

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Chocolate Mint Dreams

Dream Dream and then Dream some more…about Cookies by Bess’ Chocolate Mint Dreams! I think Chocolate Mint Dreams are the perfect cookies for chocolate lovers. My brother and niece have been making this recipe for years. I’ve made them twice now (as you’ll see by the frosting colors shown below). It’s easy to see why…

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Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from Cookies by Bess have to be one of the prettiest cookies I’ve made! The chocolate cookie rolled by it’s self is wonderful…roll it in nuts or sugar and top with a bit of icing and you’ve got a cookie that lands on my list of top 10 favorites. I just love…

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Mother’s Spicy Molasses Cookies

Mother’s Spicy Molasses Cookies is one of several recipes in Cookies by Bess from Grandma Bess’ mother, Anna. Anna Lazar was a mother of 8 children (7 girls, 1 boy). In this picture, Anna is sitting in the middle and Grandma Bess in sitting to the far right. Anna Lazar was also a wonderful baker…

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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!"