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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Chocolate Oatmeal Goodies

Not sure what is it about oatmeal, but I just love it in cookies! I think it’s the earthy and sometime chewy texture. And the oats go so well with all your traditional cookie ingredients. Chocolate Oatmeal Goodies have the texture I love and the perfect amount of chocolate to make these cookies a certain…

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Brown Rim Cookies

Butter cookies extraordinaire! Brown Rim Cookies by Cookies by Bess are what I think of when I think of butter cookies…with a fancy cherry on top! As with all other cookies recipes that call for “shortening”, I substituted the shortening with butter. Sorry Grandma Bess, I just have a hard time using that much shortening…

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Chocolate Shot Rounds

Chocolate Shot Rounds are a fun twist on the normal oatmeal cookie. All the basics are there like butter, vanilla, etc. The twist comes with the chocolate shots or chocolate sprinkles.  I just love cookies made with oatmeal or quick oats, so I was excited to make Chocolate Shot Rounds! Another twist with this cookie recipe…

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