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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Virginia Cookies

Virginia Cookies are simple butter type cookie that substitutes a couple main ingredients resulting in a wonderfully flavored cookie! I was curious as to why these cookies are called Virginia Cookies, so Googled it to see what I could find. I found nothing. So, I’m guessing Grandma Bess found this recipe while visiting Virginia or…

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Fudge Balls

Who doesn’t love chocolate and nuts? I’m not the biggest chocolate fan…yes, I actually admit it, but put chocolate and nuts together in a cookie and I’m like most others who can’t resist. Fudge Balls from Cookies by Bess are a wonderfully chocolaty nutty cookie that will satisfy anyone’s chocolate cravings! The one unique ingredient…

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Date Surprises

Cookies by Bess has five wonderful date cookie recipes and now I’ve made them all! Date Bars No. 1 are on my all time list of favorite Cookies by Bess recipes! The oatmeal crust paired with the sweetened dates and crumble topping are simply awesome! Date Bars No. 2 and Date and Nut Bars are similar…

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Susan’s Cookies

Susan’s Cookies are a yummy butter and nut cookie topped with a piece of jelly candy or colored cherry. The nuts in Susan’s Cookies are chopped and mixed into the cookie dough. I just love cookie recipes that call for chopped nuts mixed into the cookie dough like this. To me, this adds a different…

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Mandelbrodt

Mandelbrodt cookies were common in my childhood home. My Mom used the Cookies by Bess Mandelbrodt recipe regularly for the Jewish Holidays and for family gatherings. Mandelbrodt is a Yiddish word that means “almond bread”. There are many different mandelbrodt cookie recipes, all having the traditional double baked cookie in common. Cookies by Bess’ recipe…

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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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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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