Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies from Cookies by Bess have to be one of the prettiest cookies I’ve made! The chocolate cookie rolled by it’s self is wonderful…roll it in nuts or sugar and top with a bit of icing and you’ve got a cookie that lands on my list of top 10 favorites. I just love…

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Surprise Almond Cookies

Surprise Almond Cookies is a fun cookie recipe that hides a candied cherry inside a butter and almond cookie. It took me a while to make this recipe because candied cherries are only available during the holidays. Luckily, I remembered to pick some up during this past holiday season. Cookies by Bess has one other…

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Cereal Delights

Cereal Delights are asweet and crunchy cookies that are very similar to Ranch Cookies except with corn flakes instead of rice crispies. The sweetness comes from a full cup of granulated sugar AND a full cup of brown sugar…coupled with corn flakes, nuts, and all the other regular cookie ingredients make these Cereal Delights simply…

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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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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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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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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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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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Lady Fingers

I’m sure everyone who bakes cookies knows what Lady Fingers are. I’m used to seeing them in Tiramisu or maybe served on the side with tea.  Depending on the recipe, they tend to be a little crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I’ve seen Lady Fingers served as a sandwich cookie or…

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