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!

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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.

Maude’s Butter Cookie Recipe

Maude’s Butter Cookie Recipe is the namesake recipe from, bear with me, my father’s brother’s wife’s mother Maude. Ha ha, hopefully you are able to follow that one! 😊 Pic of Maude When I was a little girl, I remember Grandma Bess and Maude talking and baking together. Just a couple memories, but I just…

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Strudel Party Slices

Yeast in a cookie? Not something you see every day.  In fact, Strudel Party Slices are the only cookie recipe in Cookies by Bess that has yeast. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of using a full ounce of yeast in this cookie recipe. Not that I have experience using yeast, but…

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Norwegian Almond Sticks

One of the many wonderful things about Cookies by Bess are all the traditional cookies recipes from around the world. I have had so much fun making these cookie recipes over the years. This week I decided to make Norwegian Almond Sticks. Cookies by Bess’ Norwegian Almond Cookies are a thin finger length butter cookie…

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Coconut Bars

This is the second time I’ve made Coconut Bars from Cookies by Bess. The first time around the bar cookies didn’t turn out so good. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted great, but the chewy topping didn’t set up quite right making them difficult to remove from the pan. This time around, my Coconut Bars…

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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!"