Ginger Creams

Who wouldn’t like a gingerbread cookie? Especially when cut into little gingerbread boys and girls! That’s what I was thinking when I decided to make Cookies by Bess’ Ginger Creams. A wonderful gingerbread cookie cut into any shapes you want and frosted with any frosting you want. Gotta love Cookies by Bess recipes…easy recipes to…

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Scotch Shortbread No. 1

I have really fond memories of shortbread cookies from my childhood. We had a baby sitter from Scotland that made us a traditional shortbread recipe when she was at our hours…flour, butter, and sugar.  The Scotch Shortbread No. 1 recipe has a couple more ingredients, so I was curious how similar they would be the…

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Southern Pecan Cookies

I love a traditional cookie. One that represents a memory or place I have visited or lived. Southern Pecan Cookies are one of those cookies! I spent a bunch of years living in Georgia and Georgia is know for two things…peaches and pecans. Southern Pecan Cookies remind me of the pecan trees I used to…

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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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