Amaretti Pot Cookies for the Last Prisoner Project
Imagine sitting in a prison cell, for life, even, knowing that there’s now an entire legal industry based on what you got busted for?
If that were me, it might take the actual Dalai Lama to pop by and meditate me out of my constant red-faced, superbitch, unleash-the-hounds fury. And this is exactly what the deal is for over 40,000 victimless cannabis prisoners currently institutionalized in the U.S. (disproportionately for minorities, as one might expect).
Luckily, the Last Prisoner Project folks are around to help these people out. They do this in three ways:
They work to achieve clemency for those still incarcerated due to cannabis crimes, arguing at the state level for broad-brush clemency while also making sure individuals in court are represented, pro-bono.
They help to prevent rearrest, with job training programs and scholarships specific to the legal cannabis industry.
They analyze and research legislative policies at the state level, advocating for restorative justice measures for cannabis offenders.
I was going to urge you to donate to the Last Prisoner Project to give thanks to those who are paying a high price for being part of the weed community, but then I discovered that you can also get something for your donation! Swag! So go ahead and buy yourself a very reasonably priced and fashionable hoodie, while also supporting the release and reintegration of those who have suffered incarceration for non-violent marijuana crimes with those funds; then come back here and feel good about yourself enjoying these delicious secret amaretti pot cookies.
Adapted from a traditionally Italian cookie, these are crisp on the outside but soft in the middle, while also being fuzzy in the head. Just gorgeous to share with friends.
Oh, and since I’m a Canuck, where possession of less than 30 grams of pot in public is now legal, I can't let you go without giving a wee update on how the long arm of the law is exercising here. There’s now a system to apply for a pardon of a “simple” pot conviction, where the fees have been eliminated and the wait times reduced. Estimates are that there have been upwards of 250,000 convictions for less than 30 grams of cannabis in Canada through prohibition and that tens of thousands might apply. Unfortunately, a pardon is not an expungement (an erased conviction). Those who have been convicted still have to disclose to employers and landlords that they have records, and the U.S. government has said that pardons are invalid for those with drug records when it comes to border crossings.
But don’t let all this news get you down. As the Last Prisoner’s Project’s slogan says, “Change is Coming.” So let’s get into fighting shape for our pot-loving brothers and sisters with a hoodie and an amaretti or two!
AMARETTI POT COOKIES
Difficulty: Easier than serving even one hour in prison for cannabis possession
Bag of Tricks
A good mixer with a whisk attachment to puff up those egg whites
A wee bottle of Amaretto. Feel free to take the odd swig while baking
A cookie scoop is helpful, as the dough is sticky and it's good to keep the size/dosing uniform
Yield/Dose Assumptions Approximately 30 cookies using 8 tbsp (½ cup) cannacoconut oil yields approximately
4 mg THC per piece
Let's go with Dream Police, since the song by Cheap Trick is about Big Brother being all in your business.
About 30 minutes
2 egg whites
Dash of lemon juice
2½ cups (250 g) almond flour
1 cup (204 g) sugar
a few turns of salt
2 tbsp Amaretto liqueur
½ cup (113 g) cannacoconut oil
A small bowl of icing (powdered) sugar
Preheat oven to 325.
With your favourite mixer and its whisk attachment, go ahead and puff up those egg whites to stiff peaks. This means that you should whisk them until they get very white, and until when you stick the whisk into the whites and flip it upside down, the little Alfalfa cowlick stands erect. And yes, if you suddenly giggled at me using the word "erect," you're reading the right blog.
In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, sugar, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, add this gently to the mixing bowl of egg whites.
Melt the cannacoconut oil in a bowl over boiling water (if necessary) and add it to the mixing bowl with the Amaretto. Put on your paddle attachment if you have one, and combine at medium speed (or just continue with your regular mixer).
Line your cookie sheets with silicone mats or parchment, or spray them down with cooking spray. Using your 1 tbsp cookie scoop, drop cookie balls into the icing sugar and roll them. Transfer to the cookie sheets. They won't spread too much, so you should be able to fit about 12 of them on one sheet.
Check for doneness after 20-25 minutes. They're finished when they are very gently brown.
Enjoy in your new hoodie (pants optional).