Virginia Cookies

Virginia Cookies are simple butter type cookie that substitutes a couple main ingredients resulting in a wonderfully flavored cookie! I was curious as to why these cookies are called Virginia Cookies, so Googled it to see what I could find. I found nothing. So, I’m guessing Grandma Bess found this recipe while visiting Virginia or…

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Fudge Balls

Who doesn’t love chocolate and nuts? I’m not the biggest chocolate fan…yes, I actually admit it, but put chocolate and nuts together in a cookie and I’m like most others who can’t resist. Fudge Balls from Cookies by Bess are a wonderfully chocolaty nutty cookie that will satisfy anyone’s chocolate cravings! The one unique ingredient…

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Date Surprises

Cookies by Bess has five wonderful date cookie recipes and now I’ve made them all! Date Bars No. 1 are on my all time list of favorite Cookies by Bess recipes! The oatmeal crust paired with the sweetened dates and crumble topping are simply awesome! Date Bars No. 2 and Date and Nut Bars are similar…

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Cinnamon Refrigerator Cookies

quicCinnamon Refrigerator Cookies are a simple refrigerator cookie recipe that is packed full of wonderful flavors. The cinnamon mixed with the brown sugar and almonds are a perfect combination! Slicing the cookies 1/8 inch thick results in a thin, light, and crispy cookie that is easy to pop in your mouth one right after another….

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Walnut Bars

Cookies by Bess’ Walnut Bars are filled with all my favorite cookie ingredients! Coconut, walnuts, brown sugar, and vanilla…couple all that with butter and flour and you’ve got a wonderfully tasty bar cookie simply called, Walnut Bars! Walnut Bars have a thin cookie crust that is actually a bit crumbly as it’s made with just…

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Susan’s Cookies

Susan’s Cookies are a yummy butter and nut cookie topped with a piece of jelly candy or colored cherry. The nuts in Susan’s Cookies are chopped and mixed into the cookie dough. I just love cookie recipes that call for chopped nuts mixed into the cookie dough like this. To me, this adds a different…

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Tea Dainties

Cookies by Bess has several “tea” cookie recipes. So far, I’ve made a couple (Orange Tea Cookies, Rolled Apricot Tea Cookies). Now I can add Tea Dainties to my list of favorite Cookies by Bess tea cookies! Each recipe has its own unique flavor and style. Tea Dainties is no exception! They are a wonderful…

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Swiss Coconut Balls

Cookies by Bess has lots of macaroon type cookie recipes even though the cookies aren’t actually called macaroons. Swiss Coconut Balls is one of them and in my opinion, the one that comes closest to my idea of a coconut macaroon! The ingredients all make sense for a macaroon…firmly beaten egg whites, confectioner’s sugar, a…

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Spice Coffee Drops

What goes best with cookies? I’m sure there are plenty of opinions on the answer to this question, but the one that comes to my mind first is…coffee! Next question, what could be better than cookies with coffee baked in? Easy answer, nothing…and Spice Coffee Drops are proof! Spice Coffee Drops from Cookies by Bess…

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Mandelbrodt

Mandelbrodt cookies were common in my childhood home. My Mom used the Cookies by Bess Mandelbrodt recipe regularly for the Jewish Holidays and for family gatherings. Mandelbrodt is a Yiddish word that means “almond bread”. There are many different mandelbrodt cookie recipes, all having the traditional double baked cookie in common. Cookies by Bess’ recipe…

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