Soft Ginger Cookies

I happen to love soft cookies and molasses, so I was super excited to make Soft Ginger Cookies by Cookies by Bess! As I read through the recipe, I was taken back a bit by the large amount of each ingredient needed!  5-cups of flour, 4-teaspoons of baking powder?  I thought about cutting the recipe…

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June’s Cream Cheese Jam Pockets

The “June” in June’s Cream Cheese Jam Pockets is definitely my Aunt June, Bess’ oldest daughter, my Dad’s older sister. I know Aunt June from our family visits to Chicago. We always stopped to see Aunt June, Uncle Sy, and my cousins Paula Rea, Bob, and Steve. I loved our visits to Chicago! There was…

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Honey Bran Christmas Cookies

Honey Bran Christmas Cookies? Cookies by Bess is filled with all kinds of unique and wonderful cookies recipes…and Honey Bran Christmas Cookies are certainly unique and certainly wonderful! I didn’t know quite what to think when contemplating making these cookies. I’ve looked over the recipe several times over the years…each time moving on to the…

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Berliner Kranzer No. 2

Cookies by Bess has two Berliner Kranzer cookie recipes, Berliner Kranzer No. 1 and Berliner Kranzer No. 2.  I’ve been looking at these recipes for years now, barely able to get past the 4 hard cooked egg yolks and 4 raw egg yolks in the ingredients list. It’s just hard for me to picture a…

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Sue’s Apricot Strudel

Another awesome recipe from Cookies by Bess! Sue’s Apricot Strudel is a wonderfully flakey cookie that is sweet and savory at the same time. The light and fluffy strudel crust blends perfectly with the apricot and coconut mixture! When reading the recipe for Sue’s Apricot Strudel, you might get a bit intimidated. I know I…

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Trobies

I’ve been looking at the Trobies recipe since I started baking Grandma Bess’ cookies. Not sure why it’s taken me so long to try this recipe. Maybe because I’ve never heard of Trobies before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Or maybe because cut-out cookies aren’t my favorite to make. The time required to…

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Sour Cream Holiday Cookies

I’ve only ever made Grandma Bess’  Rich Flavor Christmas Cookies when making holiday cut-out cookies. There are several holiday cut-out recipes in Cookies by Bess. I decided to make Sour Cream Holiday Cookies because I had  sour cream in my refrigerator and I love using sour cream in cookie recipes!  It was a good choice! This…

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Mom’s Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day! So of course, I had to make sugar cookies to celebrate. Cookies by Bess has a lot of sugar type cookies recipes, but only one actual sugar cookie recipe…Mom’s Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies. There are a few “Mom’s” recipes in Cookies by Bess…I assume these recipes are from…

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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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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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