English Toffee Bars No. 2

The original Cookies by Bess cookie book has several recipes that say “No. 1” and “No. 2”. One of my family’s most favorite Cookies by Bess cookie of all is English Toffee Bars No. 1. I haven’t posted this recipe and blog yet, I’m saving it for a future post. I’ve never even considered making…

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Ranch Cookies

Ranch Cookies are my kind of cookies! Oatmeal, rice krispies, coconut…just add the basics and you’ve got a cookie that won’t last long in the cookie jar! 🙂  A cookie that is crunchy and chewy, sweet and buttery, and just darn good!  I will say, these Ranch Cookies remind me of a cookie I’ve bought…

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Hints for Packing, Freezing, and Storing Cookies

Back again with more hints from Grandma Bess’ archives. As I mentioned in the Hints and Short Cuts for Baking Cookies blog, Grandma Bess, while teaching a cooking/baking class at the Wausau Technical Institute way back in 1964, prepared and gave several hand-outs to her classes regarding her best tips and tricks for baking. This…

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Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cookies

My husband is pretty picky with which cookies he really likes and which he’ll shrug and say, “That’s pretty good.” Cookies by Bess’ basic Peanut Butter Cookies are one of his favorites, so I thought I’d make Cookies by Bess’ Peanut Butter Refrigerator Cookies and do a comparison. I just love using peanut butter in…

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Pecan Kisses

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite cookies (not from Cookies by Bess) were Pecan Sandies from Keebler, the uncommonly good cookies made by little elves that live in a tree. It was such a treat when my Mom would buy them. I had no idea that my Grandma’s Pecan Kisses recipe…

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Chocolate Bit Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies or Chocolate Bit Cookies? Chips or Bits…does it really matter? August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie day. Unfortunately, I missed it by one day ☹ Once I realized, I grabbed my Cookies by Bess cookie book to find a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Believe it or not, I couldn’t find one! There…

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Pineapple Refrigerator Cookies

Okay, I really hate to admit it and my husband says I shouldn’t, but for the first time I’m going to say that I was a little disappointed with a cookie recipe once it was baked and cooled. I was excited about the idea of a “pineapple cookie”, so I thought Pineapple Refrigerator Cookies would…

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Brown Eyed Susans

Brown Eyed Susans are one of my favorite flowers! I just love he bright yellow/orange petals and the contrast of the dark brown center. They certainly stand out in a bunch! I’ve never heard of Brown Eyed Susan cookies until looking through Cookies by Bess. Being it’s the middle of summer in Denver, where it’s…

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Almond Coconut Bars

Okay, so let me start this blog entry by saying that these Almond Coconut Bars are really REALLY good! They are one of those cookies where you take a bite, you pause then you take a another bite, and then you look around and say to whoever is there or to yourself, “Wow, this is…

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Dream Bars No. 2

I’ve been eyeing this Dream Bars No. 2 recipe for a while now. I love the name, Dream Bars No. 2…and I’m on a bar making kick these days, so it seemed the perfect cookie to bake today! I did have to decide between Dream Bars No. 1 and Dream Bars No. 2…both recipes are…

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