Angel Cookies

Spring in Denver is a roller coaster ride when it comes to the weather. This particular day in late March was a pretty typical Spring weather day, it was sunny in the morning and then it snowed in the afternoon! Baking on snowy/rainy days is one of my favorite things to do, so I started…

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Rolled Apricot Tea Cookies

When I think about Spring, I think about daffodils and tulips, budding trees, robins singing sweet songs, and Grandma Bess’ Rolled Apricot Tea Cookies! I just love the dainty look of these sandwich cookies with the cute cut out shapes and the tangy apricot jam filling. Rolled Apricot Tea Cookies are perfect for a luncheon…

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Cookies and Kisses

This week, my Cookies by Bess blog is all about Cookies and Kisses, a poem written by an unknown poet.   The poem, shown below, was hand written with calligraphy by artist Judy Hagstrom.  Judy also illustrated the poem with hand drawn and painted cookie designs.   This illustration, hand signed by Judy Hagstrom herself, is one of…

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Mother’s Poppy Seed Cookies

Mother’s Poppy Seed Cookies is one of four recipes in the Cookies by Bess cookie book that have either “Mom’s” or “Mother’s” in the title.   I don’t know for sure, but I’m assuming that “Mom” and “Mother” are referring to Grandma Bess’ mother, or my Great Grandmother Anna Lazar, pictured below.  This picture was taken…

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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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