Dottie’s Chocolate Jumbles Cookies
Key Ingredients & Healthy Substitutions
Note: I received a message from someone stating that this Chocolate Jumbles recipe was a “secret family recipe” and did not wish me to share it. In fact, they became rather rude and threatening. I want to make it very clear, this is not a stolen secret family recipe. I am sorry that the family does not wish to share their recipe with others, as cookies by their very nature are meant to be shared, but I have violated no copyright laws in sharing this with you since recipes are not subject to copyright law. I have also made it very clear that this is a recipe from a family friend, who got the recipe from her grandmother.
Because of the message I received, I took the extra step of verifying the history of this cookie. It is, in fact, a well-known recipe in the Schoharie and Mohawk Valley regions, with several variations. In researching the history of Chocolate Jumbles, I discovered that it is an old 17th-century recipe from Germany, similar to a lebkuchen, brought over by German immigrants.
Upstate New York families have been making this cookie for over 200 years. While it may be a “secret” family recipe for some, there is no way to claim ownership for such an old and beloved recipe. In keeping with Dottie’s kind and generous spirit of giving, I will continue to share this recipe with the hope that others can enjoy these wonderful little Chocolate Jumbles cookies with their family too.
Looking for other upstate New York favorites?
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- Utica Tomato Pie
- Cinnamon Apple Cobbler is made with fresh New York apples