I honestly made these based on the name alone. Skidaddle? Seriously? Never head of those ones. They have a fun history and have fruit cocktail. So odd. It really works though! This chewy cookie was pretty fun to make and different to eat. Not my favourite, but if you don’t try something new you just don’t know!

Skidaddle Ridge Drop Cookies
pg 125, The Laura Secord Canadian Cookbook

Skidaddle Ridge, New Brunswich, came by its name because it was a hide-out for draft dodgers. The “Skidaddlers” were Democrats who, not in sympathy with the Republican party during the American Civil War “skidaddles” out of the country. Most of them returned home after the war, but many stayed to settle in New Brunswick and Southern Quebec.

These cookies are frequently packed in the lunch boxes carried by hunters of this region.

Preheat oven to 350˚ F.

Grease a baking sheet lightly.

Sift or blend together:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream together:

3/4 cup butter (margarine)
1 1/2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat in:
1 egg (egg replacer)
1 cup well-drained canned fruit cocktail

Stir in dry ingredients.

Fold in:
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Drop batter from a teaspoon about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.

Bake in 350˚ oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.