Mother’s Spicy Molasses Cookies

Mother’s Spicy Molasses Cookies is one of several recipes in Cookies by Bess from Grandma Bess’ mother, Anna. Anna Lazar was a mother of 8 children (7 girls, 1 boy). In this picture, Anna is sitting in the middle and Grandma Bess in sitting to the far right. Anna Lazar was also a wonderful baker…

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Surprise Almond Cookies

Surprise Almond Cookies is a fun cookie recipe that hides a candied cherry inside a butter and almond cookie. It took me a while to make this recipe because candied cherries are only available during the holidays. Luckily, I remembered to pick some up during this past holiday season. Cookies by Bess has one other…

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Brown Sugar Cookies

I just knew I was going to love Cookies by Bess’ Brown Sugar Cookies before I even made them! How did I know? Well, any recipe that not only has brown sugar in the recipe but also in the recipe title is one I know I’m going to love…and I was right! Brown Sugar Cookies…

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Cereal Delights

Cereal Delights are asweet and crunchy cookies that are very similar to Ranch Cookies except with corn flakes instead of rice crispies. The sweetness comes from a full cup of granulated sugar AND a full cup of brown sugar…coupled with corn flakes, nuts, and all the other regular cookie ingredients make these Cereal Delights simply…

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Coffee Walnut Bars

It’s taken me a while to make Coffee Walnut Bars, not because I don’t like coffee, but because I never have instant coffee in my pantry. My husband is an avid coffee drinker so, we always have whole bean or freshly ground coffee in the house, but never instant coffee. Well, we do now! I’ve…

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Lemon Flavored Cheese Cookies

Cookies by Bess is full of cookie recipes that use a cookie press or in Grandma Bess’ case a cookie gun to create tasty cookies with fun shapes! Lemon Flavored Cheese Cookies are a great example! Other pressed cookie recipes you may enjoy can be found here. Before making Grandma Bess’ recipes and using her…

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Vienna Chocolate Party Cakes

I was so excited to make Cookies by Bess Vienna Chocolate Party Cakes! After all, what could be better than a chocolate cake cookie? Vienna Chocolate Party Cakes are a mini muffin type cookie filled with a dab of apricot jam. A small cake filled with big cookie flavors! I’ve gotten in the habit of…

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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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