“Cookies by the thousands”

During the 1980 Cookies by Bess promotional tour, Grandma Bess, Grandpa Abe, and my parents (Rich & Toby) traveled all over the mid-west to promote the revitalization of Cookies by Bess.  Along the way, Grandma Bess was interviewed by newspapers and TV talk shows.  One of my favorite newspaper articles “Cookies by the thousands” published…

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Pecan Fingers

Pecan Fingers, one of my mother’s favorite Cookies by Bess recipes, is absolutely in the top 10 Cookies by Bess cookie recipes. I honestly don’t know why I don’t make Pecan Fingers once a month. They are easy to make and “to die for” taste good! One of my most favorite things about baking Grandma…

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Chocolate Bon Bon Cookies

Have you ever had a cookie that tastes like a brownie? Really, what could be better? Cookies by Bess’ Chocolate Bon Bon Cookies are just that…a brownie cookie! It’s really amazing how many good cookie recipes are included in Cookies by Bess. Grandma Bess really knew what she was doing when she chose each and…

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Ginger Creams

Who wouldn’t like a gingerbread cookie? Especially when cut into little gingerbread boys and girls! That’s what I was thinking when I decided to make Cookies by Bess’ Ginger Creams. A wonderful gingerbread cookie cut into any shapes you want and frosted with any frosting you want. Gotta love Cookies by Bess recipes…easy recipes to…

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Cinnamon Swirls

Cinnamon Swirls are pictured on the back cover of the Cookies by Bess cookie book. A super sweet looking cookie that has perfectly wonderful flavors! This picture, which shows Cinnamon Swirls (just left of center) and many other Cookies by Bess cookies, is one of the original pictures taken during the photo shoot way back…

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Chocolate Stripes

I think Chocolate Stripes is a cool name for a cookie! Its interesting to me this recipe is called Chocolate Stripes because the end result cookies don’t look like or have any stripes! This makes me wonder if maybe Chocolate Stripes is the wrong cookie title for this recipe. Once again, I wish Grandma Bess…

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Almond Rounds

To start, I must make a huge confession. This blog should actually be about Cookies by Bess’ Almond Rings. But, something went very wrong while I was making the cookie dough, so I had to decide…throw out what I had or make huge adjustments to the recipe and rename the cookie. I chose the latter…

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Scotch Shortbread No. 1

I have really fond memories of shortbread cookies from my childhood. We had a baby sitter from Scotland that made us a traditional shortbread recipe when she was at our hours…flour, butter, and sugar.  The Scotch Shortbread No. 1 recipe has a couple more ingredients, so I was curious how similar they would be the…

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Date Bars No. 1

Date Bars No. 1 are in my top 10 favorite Cookie by Bess recipes! For me, there is just something about dates that make cookies super yummy! With a nice thick oatmeal crust and a sweet date topping, Date Bars No. 1 are a perfect and healthy bar cookie! Maybe its that dates are sweet…

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Chocolate Oatmeal Goodies

Not sure what is it about oatmeal, but I just love it in cookies! I think it’s the earthy and sometime chewy texture. And the oats go so well with all your traditional cookie ingredients. Chocolate Oatmeal Goodies have the texture I love and the perfect amount of chocolate to make these cookies a certain…

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