"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.

Gold Cookies

Another amazing cookie by Cookies by Bess!  Gold Cookies rank right up there with Gold Crispies…What?  Yep!  Gold Cookies and Gold Crispies are similar recipes…so similar, I thought I was having a Déjà vu while I was making them! I realized the similarities when I was rolling the cookies in the cinnamon and nuts mixture….

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Sherry Nut Drop Cookies

Before Cookies by Bess’s Sherry Nut Drop Cookies, I hadn’t tasted sherry wine before.  So, I didn’t have any in my liquor cabinet and I had to pick some up at the liquor store. There was quite a selection! And I learned there is quite a bit to learn about the different types of sherry….

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Fudge Bars No. 2

I’m beginning to think Grandma Bess had an addiction to chocolate! There are so many wonderful chocolate cookie recipes in Cookies by Bess, I almost can’t stand it! Coming from someone that really doesn’t love chocolate…I have to admit that every Cookies by Bess chocolate cookie recipe I bake is better than the one before…Fudge…

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Short Bread Balls

If you love short bread cookies, you are going to really LOVE Cookies by Bess’ Short Bread Balls! Butter, flour, throw in a little vanilla and a whole bunch of pecans and you’ve got melt in your mouth short bread wonderfulness! Oh, how dare I forget the confectioner’s sugar…OMG! Short Bread Balls are your traditional,…

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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!"