"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.

Fudge Bars No. 1

If you’ve followed my blog to this point, you know that chocolate isn’t necessarily my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I like chocolate, but I’m not a chocaholic like some. After making and tasting Cookies by Bess’ Fudge Bars No. 1 with chocolate frosting, I think I’ve changed my mind. Or maybe I’ve gone out…

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Jam Bars

About one year ago, I posted one of  my favorite cookies recipes by Cookies by Bess…Apricot Bars. Now one year later, I am posting a very similar recipe from Cookies by Bess, Jam Bars. The difference is in the jam. Apricot Bars specifically calls for apricot preserves. Jam Bars calls for any type of thick…

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Crisp Butter Drops

Crisp Butter Drops are another great cookie recipe from Cookies by Bess! Golden in color and filled with all kinds of flavor, this cookie is a real winner! In my humble opinion, the title of the recipe, Crisp Butter Drops, doesn’t do this cookie justice. I think I’ve passed over this recipe to this point…

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Paula’s Spicy Apple Bars

I often find myself paging through Cookies by Bess, reading recipes, and deciding which cookie I’m going to make next. As I page through all the recipes, I always stop on those named for all the women in the Hoffman family. Paula’s Spicy Apple Bars is named for my cousin Paula. She is the oldest…

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Bess Hoffman

"My cookies recipes are easy to follow and easy to do—and they taste delicious."

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Janet Hoffman

"I love baking my Grandma Bess's cookies. It's become a great tradition in my home!"