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.
Chocolate Jumbles cookies are a treasured favorite in the Schoharie Valley area of upstate New York, where my husband grew up. (Shout out to our extended family in Cobleskill.) In fact, if you ask people from this area what Chocolate Jumbles are, most people would immediately know, although I recently found out that they are also known as Chocolate Jumbos.
Chocolate Jumbles cookies are an incredibly moist, flavorful cookie with ginger, molasses, and cocoa in them, topped with a sweet kiss of royal or cream cheese icing. This particular recipe was given to me years ago by my sister-in-law, Cathy, who got the original recipe from her mother, my mother-in-law, who got it from Dottie, a friend of my mother-in-law’s. Dottie made Chocolate Jumbles every year and thoughtfully shared them with family and friends. Whether you call them Chocolate Jumbles or Chocolate Jumbos, it would not be Christmas without a batch of these yummy cookies. Once you try them, they will become a treasured favorite for your family too!