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Christmas and Chill Cookies

Totally legal, totally adult-only... these cookies make hanging with the fam relaxing (yeah, even if Aunt Karen's there)

Christmas and Chill Cookies
Photo by Matthew Brodeur on Unsplash

I know what you're thinking.

You're thinking weed cookies, aren't you?

Well, not exactly.

After all, not everyone's lucky enough to live in a state where they can partake without peril.

Good thing there's a new weed in town. Its name: Delta 8.

What Is This Delta 8 of Which You Speak?

It's legal. You can buy it online and have it shipped to your door (in most states, anyway). And it does the trick. Not as intensely as Delta 9 (which is part of what gives cannabis its grooviness) - but also without the paranoia that comes along for the ride with many strains. All you have to do is search for Delta 8 flower. You'll find it's pretty affordable, too.

How Is Delta 8 Different?

Leafly puts it best:

Delta-8-THC is chemically different from delta-9-THC by only a few atomic bonds and still offers a potent high of its own. While delta-8-THC only exists naturally in fractions of a percent, companies are finding value in concentrating esoteric cannabinoids for their unique effects and applications.

You can buy strains with similar properties as you'd find in their cannabis (Delta 9) versions. You'll see it sold in three types. Indica, you'll feel mostly in your body. Sativa, you'll feel more in your head. There are hybrids as well.

Note, Delta 8 does include a tiny (and legal) amount of Delta 9. It will be interesting to watch further research on cannabinoids and how they can be used to ease suffering - both mental and physical.

The look, smell, and feel of Delta 8 flower are virtually indistinguishable from the coordinating strains in cannabis - at least to me. Not that I'm an expert in this by any means. It also comes in vapor cartridges, distillate, tinctures, and edibles as well as flower. When you purchase online, your package will arrive with a nice little note to any authorities that might want to confiscate your not-weed.

Back to the Cookies

We're going to make peanut butter kisses like you've never had them before.

First Things First: Can You Say "Decarboxylate"?

There's a little prep to do before you bake. It's chemistry. It's science. It's easy.

You'll need to grind your Delta 8 (visit a smoke shop if you need a grinder).

Then, you'll put it into a 200-degree oven (or toaster oven) on some foil. Set the timer for 30 minutes, and then take it out and let it cool.

Meanwhile, Mix Your Cookies

This is perhaps the easiest cookie recipe in the history of cookies.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

All you need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (chunky is our favorite)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla, if you're feeling fancy
  • Some chocolate chips are nice, too, but optional

Mix the ingredients well.

Ready to Bake!

I like to use those little silicone cups, but you could use a mini muffin pan, too.

Use a spoon or melon baller to scoop the dough into the cups.

Use the end of a wooden spoon to make a little divot in each cookie.

Add about 1/8 tsp. of decarboxylated Delta 8 to each divot. (NOTE: you can add more or less, obviously!)

Top with a few chocolate chips if you want.

Bake for 15 minutes, depending on your oven. I start watching them at 10 minutes. I like them kinda crispy, though.

Enjoy :D

If you're experienced with cannabis edibles, you'll find that these are like taking a smaller dose. Still, go slow. They take about 30 minutes to have an effect - so don't keep eating them wondering, "When will it... whoahhhhh... dude... have you ever looked at your hands? Like really looked at them?"

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