Walnut Surprises

Walnut Surprises are such a fun cookie to make! And even though they have a lot of steps, the process goes pretty fast! I was able to get these cookies mixed and baked in just over 2 hours! Not bad for a shaped, stuffed, brushed, and topped cookie! I wasn’t even tired after all those…

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Apricot Bars

I’m not one for apricot jam on toast, I prefer strawberry or raspberry, but I have to say that apricot jam sure makes great cookies and bars! Apricot Bars is the second apricot cookie recipe I’ve made from Cookies by Bess (the other is Rolled Apricot Tea Cookies) and I just love the apricot flavor…

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Orange Tea Cookies

I can’t remember ever making a cookie with orange in it before, so I was excited to make these Orange Tea Cookies! I’ve used orange juice in frosting before (we always use the Juice Frosting recipe when making Rich Flavor Christmas Cookies), but not actually in the cookie! This is the second “tea cookie” I’ve…

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Oatmeal Logs

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday afternoon is watch TV and make cookies. In the fall and winter, I’ll hopefully be able to watch the Green Bay Packers (I love Aaron Rogers!) or the Broncos. During the spring months, I tend to watch cooking shows (I don’t really care about basketball or…

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Letters to Cookies by Bess

I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous blog posts that my father saved just about every piece of paper and picture related to the republishing of Cookies by Bess in 1980. I’ve also mentioned that last summer, when my parents and I really started solidifying our plans to re-brand Cookies by Bess again, my…

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Brownies No.1

I had a couple hours to spare one afternoon, so I got out my Cookies by Bess cookie book to find a quick and easy recipe to make. I stopped short on the Brownies No. 1 recipe. This recipe was perfect for three reasons. First because they are a bar cookie so shouldn’t take too…

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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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