Chocolate Snowballs No. 2

There are several cookie recipes in Cookies by Bess with a “No.1” and “No.2” designation. I’ve learned this means Grandma Bess had two different recipes with the same, or almost the same title. This week I’m making Chocolate Snowballs No. 2 which are paired with Rich Chocolate Snowballs No. 1. Other numbered recipes include English…

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Coconut Crisps

This was my second time making Cookies by Bess’ Coconut Crisps.  The first time around, I followed the recipe as written and the cookies were, of course, awesome!  Sweet and sugary from the two sugars and coconut, crispy and nutty from the corn flakes and walnuts. My second time around (today), I decided to change…

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Joanne’s Tasty Pineapple Bars

It took me a while to make Joanne’s Tasty Pineapple Bars for one reason, I couldn’t find pineapple preserves. I looked for them in several grocery stores without luck. One day while shopping in my neighborhood store, I walked by a display of ice cream toppings. Right there next to the strawberry and chocolate fudge…

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Spritz Cookies

When I started baking Cookies by Bess recipes, I shied away from cookie press recipes because I thought they were more difficult to make. After baking several cookie press recipes (Delicious Chocolate Teas, Chocolate Dips, Cinnamon Swirls, Tea Dainties, Virginia Cookies), I have become a big fan of Cookies by Bess cookie press recipes…and now…

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Mandel Kranze

Mandel Kranze is an traditional German style cookie, at least that’s what I found when I Googled Mandel Kranze. There wasn’t a lot of information about Mandel Kranze cookies out there on the internet, but I was able to find out that Mandel Kranze means “almond wreath” in German. There are also some pictures of…

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Santa Claus Cookies

What would the holidays be without cut out cookies? For some reason, I always think of the holiday as the best time of year for rolled cut out cookies.  True to most of Grandma Bess’ cookie recipes, Santa Claus Cookies from Cookies by Bess are a fun and unique holiday cut out cookie recipe! Unique because…

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Springerle

This will be my first time making Springerle cookies…honestly, I hadn’t heard of them before reading the recipe in my Cookies by Bess cookie book. The history and amazing traditions around Springerle cookies is just fascinating! Thank you Grandma Bess for including Springerle cookies in Cookies by Bess! What fun to learn about such an…

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Holiday Poppy Seed Cookies

Holiday Poppy Seed Cookies have been one of my favorite Cookies by Bess cookie recipes since I was a kid. I remember baking Holiday Poppy Seed Cookies with my Mom, not just at the holidays but anytime for any occasion. They are great at holiday time, because Holiday Poppy Seed Cookies are a beautifully fancy…

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Cookies by Bess’ 60th Anniversary!

It dawned on me a couple months ago that the year 2020 is Cookies by Bess’ 60th Anniversary! What an amazing milestone! The Hoffman family has been baking Cookies by Bess’ cookies for 60 years! WOW! Congratulations to us! 😊 To honor this major cookie baking milestone, I have pulled together some images from the…

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Almond Tarts

Cookies by Bess’ Almond Tarts are a wonderful mini-tart cookie filled with a sweet and almondy flavors. I hadn’t made a tart cookie before, so I was very curious how these little gems were going to turn out. After reading the recipe, I loved the idea of using mini muffin tins, shaping the cups, and…

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