Janet’s Brown Sugar Drops

How many of you have a cookie named after you? Of all the cool things about my Grandma authoring a cookie book, I think one of the best is seeing your very own name in the title of a cookie! My namesake cookie is called, Janet’s Brown Sugar Drops. Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it?! I’m…

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Date Filled Pin Wheel Cookies

This week I decided to try another pin wheel cookie, Date Filled Pin Wheel Cookies. I’ve looked at this recipe several times but passed it over because I think I’m a little afraid of pin wheel cookies! I’ve tried to make them twice before (regular Pin Wheels and Peanut Butter Pin Wheels, shown below) and…

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Wausau’s Famed ‘Cookie Lady’ Comes to Town

When I first launched the Cookies by Bess Facebook page back in October 2017, my cousin Craig Hoffman posted a picture of Grandma Bess and her Appleton, WI grandchildren (Bess had three other grandchildren in 1963 living in Chicago, IL and later in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s was blessed with four more!)  This picture…

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Melt Away Yummies

How can you resist the name of this cookie recipe, Melt Away Yummies?  I couldn’t, so I just had to make them!  When finished, I had tons of small round disk cookies about 1 inch in diameter.  They have a rich and buttery flavor with a hint of almond. “Yummy” like the name says!  I…

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Valentine’s Hearts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I’m thinking about Valentine’s Hearts cookies. I’m thinking about pinks and reds, heart shapes, and hugs and kisses. I’d like to make a cut out type cookie, so I can use my Grandma Bess’s heart shaped cutters. Thank you, Aunt Suzie, for sending me Grandma’s cookie cutters,…

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Cookie Difficulty Ratings

Hello Cookie Bakers!!  You may have noticed that a Cookie Difficulty Ratings is given to each recipe in my cookie blogs. From experience, I can truthfully say, there have been too many times I’ve read a cookie recipe thinking it was going to be a lot easier than it actually was, or I started baking…

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Moon Beams Delicious

Hi All!  I am posting this week’s blog one day early to celebrate the Super Blue Blood Moon happening before sunrise on January, 31, 2018 (at about 5:15 am mountain time tomorrow morning)! This will be the first time in 150 years that a total lunar eclipse will happen during the second full moon in a month…

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Mint Melt Aways

So many Cookies by Bess cookie recipes to choose from!  I decided to make Mint Melt Aways for a couple reasons. First, I’ve been on an oats and coconut kick the last few weeks. This recipe has both, so fit that requirement easily! Also, I thought this was the recipe my brother and niece have…

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Rich Coconut Macaroons

For some reason, I’m into coconut cookies right now.  I think there should be a “Coconut Cookie Month” or “Day” at least!  There are so many yummy coconut cookie recipes, there would be no problem finding great recipes to share!  Cookies by Bess has several…including this one, Rich Coconut Macaroons! When thinking about making a…

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Chinese Chews

To celebrate New Year’s this year, I met some friends on New Year’s day for movies and lunch. I wanted to bring a traditional New Year’s cookie (if there was such a thing) to share with everyone, so I googled “traditional New Year’s cookies”.  A lot of Chinese New Year’s Cookie recipes came up. I…

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