Melt Away Bars

It is amazing to me how many awesome cookie recipes Grandma Bess collected! The recipes in Cookies by Bess aren’t just a collection of cookie recipes…every single recipe is so unique and so GOOD! Melt Away Bars are no exception. The flavors of this simple bar cookie are TO-DIE-FOR! I just can’t say it any…

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Tiny Toffee Bars

Tiny Toffee Bars are very similar to English Toffee Bars No. 1, both by Cookies by Bess of course. English Toffee Bars No. 1 are an all time favorite of every singles family member and friend. I haven’t posted the recipe for English Toffee Bars No. 1 yet; my plan is to post the 4…

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French Pastries

I admit I was a little intimidated by the title of this cookie recipe, French Pastries. Just from the title, I imagined some type of fancy cookie that may require advanced skills to make. But I should have known better…Cookies by Bess is full of over 200 cookies recipes. Grandma Bess made sure most of…

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Fudge Bars No. 1

If you’ve followed my blog to this point, you know that chocolate isn’t necessarily my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I like chocolate, but I’m not a chocaholic like some. After making and tasting Cookies by Bess’ Fudge Bars No. 1 with chocolate frosting, I think I’ve changed my mind. Or maybe I’ve gone out…

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Jam Bars

About one year ago, I posted one of  my favorite cookies recipes by Cookies by Bess…Apricot Bars. Now one year later, I am posting a very similar recipe from Cookies by Bess, Jam Bars. The difference is in the jam. Apricot Bars specifically calls for apricot preserves. Jam Bars calls for any type of thick…

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Paula’s Spicy Apple Bars

I often find myself paging through Cookies by Bess, reading recipes, and deciding which cookie I’m going to make next. As I page through all the recipes, I always stop on those named for all the women in the Hoffman family. Paula’s Spicy Apple Bars is named for my cousin Paula. She is the oldest…

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Banana Bars

Whenever I have over ripe bananas I think about baking. I looked through Cookies by Bess and found a Banana Bars recipe, perfect for my ripe bananas! The recipe is written for bars as well as for cookies. I actually ended up making both! I started with the Banana Bars, because I’ve never made a…

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Coconut Pineapple Bars

What an awesome recipe! Coconut Pineapple Bars are exactly that! An entire No. 2 can (1 lb. 4 oz) of pineapple and 1 ½ cups coconut…WOW, this bar cookie is sweet, fruity, and good for you 😊 The recipe mentions 1 can (No. 2) of pineapple. I had no idea what this meant, so I…

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English Toffee Bars No. 2

The original Cookies by Bess cookie book has several recipes that say “No. 1” and “No. 2”. One of my family’s most favorite Cookies by Bess cookie of all is English Toffee Bars No. 1. I haven’t posted this recipe and blog yet, I’m saving it for a future post. I’ve never even considered making…

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Almond Coconut Bars

Okay, so let me start this blog entry by saying that these Almond Coconut Bars are really REALLY good! They are one of those cookies where you take a bite, you pause then you take a another bite, and then you look around and say to whoever is there or to yourself, “Wow, this is…

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