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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Scotch Toffies

Cookies by Bess has a couple cookie recipes that do not have flour. I can’t say these recipes are completely gluten free, but they are pretty darn close. Almost gluten free, but definitely not carbohydrate free! The corn syrup and brown sugar certainly take care of the carbs! Scotch Toffies have become one of my…

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Cinnamon Nut Squares

One of the things I love best about the Cookies by Bess cookie book, are all the unique cookie recipes! It has been so much fun to make so many cookie recipes I never would have made if I weren’t Grandma Bess’ granddaughter. Cinnamon Nut Squares is one of those recipes I might have passed…

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Cocoa Balls

This Cocoa Balls recipe is like a lot of other Cookies by Bess recipes.  You roll up the dough balls, bake them, and then while warm, roll them in powdered sugar. But, this particular “ball” cookie is different from the rest because it is FULL of cocoa chocolate and pecans…literally 2 full cups of pecans!…

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Dutch Nut Crisps

I didn’t have a whole lot of time to bake this particular weekend, so I decided to make Dutch Nut Crisps.  I’ve been looking at this recipe for a while now as it seems easy to make.  I’ve hesitated trying the recipe because based on he directions, I just wasn’t sure how the cookies were…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes you just want a comfort food type cookie. You know, the kind your mom had for you, warm out of the oven when you got home from school. Cookies by Bess’ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are this kind of cookie recipe! Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are a traditional recipe that give you an oat…

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