Lemon Flavored Cheese Cookies

Cookies by Bess is full of cookie recipes that use a cookie press or in Grandma Bess’ case a cookie gun to create tasty cookies with fun shapes! Lemon Flavored Cheese Cookies are a great example! Other pressed cookie recipes you may enjoy can be found here. Before making Grandma Bess’ recipes and using her…

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Vienna Chocolate Party Cakes

I was so excited to make Cookies by Bess Vienna Chocolate Party Cakes! After all, what could be better than a chocolate cake cookie? Vienna Chocolate Party Cakes are a mini muffin type cookie filled with a dab of apricot jam. A small cake filled with big cookie flavors! I’ve gotten in the habit of…

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Maude’s Butter Cookie Recipe

Maude’s Butter Cookie Recipe is the namesake recipe from, bear with me, my father’s brother’s wife’s mother Maude. Ha ha, hopefully you are able to follow that one! ? Pic of Maude When I was a little girl, I remember Grandma Bess and Maude talking and baking together. Just a couple memories, but I just…

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Strudel Party Slices

Yeast in a cookie? Not something you see every day.  In fact, Strudel Party Slices are the only cookie recipe in Cookies by Bess that has yeast. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of using a full ounce of yeast in this cookie recipe. Not that I have experience using yeast, but…

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Norwegian Almond Sticks

One of the many wonderful things about Cookies by Bess are all the traditional cookies recipes from around the world. I have had so much fun making these cookie recipes over the years. This week I decided to make Norwegian Almond Sticks. Cookies by Bess’ Norwegian Almond Cookies are a thin finger length butter cookie…

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Coconut Bars

This is the second time I’ve made Coconut Bars from Cookies by Bess. The first time around the bar cookies didn’t turn out so good. Don’t get me wrong, they tasted great, but the chewy topping didn’t set up quite right making them difficult to remove from the pan. This time around, my Coconut Bars…

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Choco-Orange Cookies

I’ve looked at this Choco-Orange Cookie recipe so many times…and now I finally tried it!  The reason I waited so long is because I don’t normally have fresh oranges or orange juice on hand.  It’s not that I don’t like oranges, it’s just that I don’t eat them very often. This particular weekend, I happen…

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Chocolate Snowballs No. 2

There are several cookie recipes in Cookies by Bess with a “No.1” and “No.2” designation. I’ve learned this means Grandma Bess had two different recipes with the same, or almost the same title. This week I’m making Chocolate Snowballs No. 2 which are paired with Rich Chocolate Snowballs No. 1. Other numbered recipes include English…

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Coconut Crisps

This was my second time making Cookies by Bess’ Coconut Crisps.  The first time around, I followed the recipe as written and the cookies were, of course, awesome!  Sweet and sugary from the two sugars and coconut, crispy and nutty from the corn flakes and walnuts. My second time around (today), I decided to change…

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Joanne’s Tasty Pineapple Bars

It took me a while to make Joanne’s Tasty Pineapple Bars for one reason, I couldn’t find pineapple preserves. I looked for them in several grocery stores without luck. One day while shopping in my neighborhood store, I walked by a display of ice cream toppings. Right there next to the strawberry and chocolate fudge…

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