Chocolate Stars

Chocolate Stars by Cookies by Bess has to be one of the most unique tasting cookies I’ve tried so far! The recipe includes a ton of chocolate combined with zesty lemon and almonds. Certainly a combination I wasn’t expecting in a cookie recipe! Chocolate, lemon, and almonds…how do I even try to describe the taste…

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Spice Specials

One of the things I love best about Cookies by Bess are all the unique cookie recipes. Spice Specials Is a perfect example!  Not only do the cookies have a unique taste, they have a combination of ingredients I haven’t seen before.  A unique cookie with an earthy and wholesome taste! After baking and tasting Spice…

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Mother’s Spicy Molasses Cookies

Mother’s Spicy Molasses Cookies is one of several recipes in Cookies by Bess from Grandma Bess’ mother, Anna. Anna Lazar was a mother of 8 children (7 girls, 1 boy). In this picture, Anna is sitting in the middle and Grandma Bess in sitting to the far right. Anna Lazar was also a wonderful baker…

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Brown Sugar Cookies

I just knew I was going to love Cookies by Bess’ Brown Sugar Cookies before I even made them! How did I know? Well, any recipe that not only has brown sugar in the recipe but also in the recipe title is one I know I’m going to love…and I was right! Brown Sugar Cookies…

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Maude’s Butter Cookie Recipe

Maude’s Butter Cookie Recipe is the namesake recipe from, bear with me, my father’s brother’s wife’s mother Maude. Ha ha, hopefully you are able to follow that one! ? Pic of Maude When I was a little girl, I remember Grandma Bess and Maude talking and baking together. Just a couple memories, but I just…

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Strudel Party Slices

Yeast in a cookie? Not something you see every day.  In fact, Strudel Party Slices are the only cookie recipe in Cookies by Bess that has yeast. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of using a full ounce of yeast in this cookie recipe. Not that I have experience using yeast, but…

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Norwegian Almond Sticks

One of the many wonderful things about Cookies by Bess are all the traditional cookies recipes from around the world. I have had so much fun making these cookie recipes over the years. This week I decided to make Norwegian Almond Sticks. Cookies by Bess’ Norwegian Almond Cookies are a thin finger length butter cookie…

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Mandel Kranze

Mandel Kranze is an traditional German style cookie, at least that’s what I found when I Googled Mandel Kranze. There wasn’t a lot of information about Mandel Kranze cookies out there on the internet, but I was able to find out that Mandel Kranze means “almond wreath” in German. There are also some pictures of…

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Santa Claus Cookies

What would the holidays be without cut out cookies? For some reason, I always think of the holiday as the best time of year for rolled cut out cookies.  True to most of Grandma Bess’ cookie recipes, Santa Claus Cookies from Cookies by Bess are a fun and unique holiday cut out cookie recipe! Unique because…

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Springerle

This will be my first time making Springerle cookies…honestly, I hadn’t heard of them before reading the recipe in my Cookies by Bess cookie book. The history and amazing traditions around Springerle cookies is just fascinating! Thank you Grandma Bess for including Springerle cookies in Cookies by Bess! What fun to learn about such an…

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