Sandies

Pecan Sandies from Keebler were a favorite of mine when I was a kid. They were buttery, nutty, and super sweet! Granted they were store bought…so I probably shouldn’t admit to buying and eating them,but, I have to be honest, even when it comes to cookie eating! 😊 Knowing that Sandies were one of my…

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Bess Hoffman: ‘Baked with Love’

This week I decided to post another article from Cookies by Bess’ promotional tour back in 1980.  This article, Bess Hoffman: ‘Baked with Love’,  was written in The Post Crescent (newspaper serving Appleton-Neenah-Menasha, Wis.) on Tuesday, June 3, 1980. The article once again introduces Grandma Bess Hoffman and how she began baking cookies. her Cookies…

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French Pastries

I admit I was a little intimidated by the title of this cookie recipe, French Pastries. Just from the title, I imagined some type of fancy cookie that may require advanced skills to make. But I should have known better…Cookies by Bess is full of over 200 cookies recipes. Grandma Bess made sure most of…

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Lemon Drops

What could be better than lemon cookies on a spring/summer day? In my opinion, not much which is why I decided to make Cookies by Bess Lemon Drops! I also wanted to make a cookie that would bake up quickly because I didn’t have too much time. I always go to drop cookies  when I’ve…

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Butterscotch Chocolate Nut Cookies

Butterscotch Chocolate Nut Cookies is Part 2 of the Butterscotch Coconut Cookies recipe. Several of Cookies by Bess recipes have variations listed, generally for using different ingredients (different jams, nuts, fats, or fruit). The Butterscotch Coconut Cookies variation of adding melted chocolate and substituting chopped nuts for coconut actually creates a completely differently flavored cookie! Butterscotch…

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Butterscotch Coconut Cookies

I love cookies with coconut, so Butterscotch Coconut Cookies was a perfect choice to make for this sunny spring day! I love butterscotch syrup on ice cream and I love butterscotch chips, so I just assumed I’d love Butterscotch Coconut cookies! But as I was reading the recipe, I wondered what exactly is butterscotch anyway?…

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Cathy’s Ginger Creams

As I continue to bake all of the Cookies by Bess cookie recipes, I am excited most by making the “name-sake” cookies! There is a cookie recipe named for each of the women in the family around the time Grandma Bess first published Cookies by Bess! Cathy’s Ginger Creams is the third name-sake cookie I’ve…

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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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