Note: I received a message from someone stating that this Chocolate Jumbles recipe was a “secret family recipe” and did not want me to share it. I am sorry that this person/family does not wish to share this recipe with others, as cookies by their very nature are meant to be shared. I have violated no copyright laws in sharing this recipe with you (because recipes themselves are not subject to copyright) but also because I made it clear that this is a recipe from a family friend, who got the recipe from her grandmother. Also, this is a well-known cookie and recipe in the Schoharie County area, with several recipe variations available. However, because of the message I received, I did take the extra step of verifying that this is a well-known recipe in the Schoharie Valley region. In fact, in researching the history of Chocolate Jumbles, I discovered that it is an old 17th-century recipe from Germany and upstate New York families have been making this cookie for over 200 years in Schoharie Valley, New York. While it may be a family recipe for this person, there is no way to claim ownership for such an old and beloved recipe, and I am sure many families have this as a “family 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 this wonderful little cookie with their family too.