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.

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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Surprise Almond Cookies

Surprise Almond Cookies is a fun cookie recipe that hides a candied cherry inside a butter and almond cookie. It took me a while to make this recipe because candied cherries are only available during the holidays. Luckily, I remembered to pick some up during this past holiday season. Cookies by Bess has one other…

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Brown Sugar Cookies

I just knew I was going to love Cookies by Bess’ Brown Sugar Cookies before I even made them! How did I know? Well, any recipe that not only has brown sugar in the recipe but also in the recipe title is one I know I’m going to love…and I was right! Brown Sugar Cookies…

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Cereal Delights

Cereal Delights are asweet and crunchy cookies that are very similar to Ranch Cookies except with corn flakes instead of rice crispies. The sweetness comes from a full cup of granulated sugar AND a full cup of brown sugar…coupled with corn flakes, nuts, and all the other regular cookie ingredients make these Cereal Delights simply…

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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!"