You can’t keep Bess away from cookie sheets

One of my favorite things about recreating Cookies by Bess is reading all the old newspaper articles written about Bess. A lot of the information in the articles is the same, as the stories are the stories, but each article also has at least one new “tidbit”. The “tidbit” I learned from You can’t keep…

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Soft Ginger Cookies

I happen to love soft cookies and molasses, so I was super excited to make Soft Ginger Cookies by Cookies by Bess! As I read through the recipe, I was taken back a bit by the large amount of each ingredient needed!  5-cups of flour, 4-teaspoons of baking powder?  I thought about cutting the recipe…

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June’s Cream Cheese Jam Pockets

The “June” in June’s Cream Cheese Jam Pockets is definitely my Aunt June, Bess’ oldest daughter, my Dad’s older sister. I know Aunt June from our family visits to Chicago. We always stopped to see Aunt June, Uncle Sy, and my cousins Paula Rea, Bob, and Steve. I loved our visits to Chicago! There was…

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Chocolate Oatmeal Drops

Check out this list of ingredients! Chocolate Oatmeal Drops are filled with so much amazing goodness in every bite! I don’t remember ever having a chocolate oatmeal cookie before, so I was excited to try something new…I was also excited about how all the different ingredients in one cookie were going to taste! After trying…

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Lemon Bars

I remember Cookies by Bess’ Lemon Bars from my childhood. Lemon Bars by Cookies by Bess is one of my Mother’s favorite cookie recipes! These yummy bar cookies were present at all our family and friends’ events, get togethers, and parties. I wonder why it took me so long to make this recipe? Maybe because…

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Czechoslovakian Cookies

NexMy mom told me she made Cookies by Bess’s Czechoslovakian Cookies a while ago. Not sure what took me so long to make then, but I’m so glad I finally did, because Czechoslovakian Cookies are really really good! Not too many ingredients, but a huge amount of buttery flavor! Czechoslovakian Cookies are a thick bar…

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Date Bars No. 2

I’ve been eyeing Date Bars No. 2 for some time now as I’ve made Dream Bars No. 1 and just love them!  It’s always amazing to me how different recipes with the same basic ingredients can be…in this case, even the recipe name is the same, but the cookies are completely different! Both wonderful in…

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Brown Rim Cookies

Butter cookies extraordinaire! Brown Rim Cookies by Cookies by Bess are what I think of when I think of butter cookies…with a fancy cherry on top! As with all other cookies recipes that call for “shortening”, I substituted the shortening with butter. Sorry Grandma Bess, I just have a hard time using that much shortening…

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Chocolate Shot Rounds

Chocolate Shot Rounds are a fun twist on the normal oatmeal cookie. All the basics are there like butter, vanilla, etc. The twist comes with the chocolate shots or chocolate sprinkles.  I just love cookies made with oatmeal or quick oats, so I was excited to make Chocolate Shot Rounds! Another twist with this cookie recipe…

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London Stripes

I didn’t know what to think when I saw and read the recipe for London Stripes. I’ve never heard of this cookie before, so I had to Googled it to see if there was any information about the recipe. I got nothing. Seems London Stripes from Cookies by Bess is a one of a kind,…

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