I’m not a big fan of bribing my children, as a general rule. I much prefer beating them. (Calm down, I don’t actually beat my children.) I think kids should behave just because I ask them to, and not because I begged and bribed them. It gives the kids the impression that they’re the ones in charge.
And we can’t have that, now, can we?
But, let’s just say it’s a Friday, and the kids are supposed to be doing their Friday chores. And, let’s just say there were fresh hot cookies coming out of the oven, and the whole house smelled like cookies. And, as long as we’re at it, let’s say it’s lunch time, and no one has eaten lunch yet. Then I can use one of my favorite parenting stand-by moves:
Kids: Mom, can I have a cookie?
Me: Are your jobs done?
It’s sort of brilliant and torturous and motivating all at the same time. I’m sure your mom probably did something similar, too. I know mine did.
It’s also a perfect Friday-jobs cookie, because it can be thrown together so quickly and easily. Start to finish, I was done in around 30 minutes. The most time consuming part was pitting and dicing the cherries, and since it’s a small batch, I only used about 20 cherries, so even that didn’t take long. I used a white cake mix, which makes it super easy and fast, but my favorite feature is that there is no measuring! The only measuring cup I used was for the shortening. Clean up included one bowl, one wooden spoon, one measuring cup, and the cutting board and knife I used for the cherries.
Because who actually wants more dishes to do? Especially on cleaning day.
- 1 cup (about 20) sweet cherries, pitted and diced
- 1 box white cake mix
- ½ cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup white chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, combine cake mix, shortening, and eggs. It should form a heavy dough.
- Fold in diced cherries and white chocolate chips.
- Scoop onto baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees for 8-11 mins.
If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:
Cherry Chip Breakfast Cookies from Noble Pig
Cherry Tart with Almond Crust from Family Fresh Cooking
Cherries Jubilee Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies