Maybe in non Southern European families a big smooshy looking pile of shiny dough balls doesn’t look too appetizing. For us, they’re one of the best parts of any holiday: Struffoli Cookies!
Flash fried chunks of simple dough are covered in a honey syrup, and this version has a few tweaks to soften any family gatherings. Since honey syrup is the perfect place to jam in some cannabis, you can enjoy the cookies and save any leftover syrup for tea and other things. I’ve used a Korean citron tea concentrate to spike the honey with yuzu’s perfumey limonene, which is a helper to a good and anxiety free high.
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It’s true, they don’t look like much, but these cookies taste really delicious, and just about anything covered in honey is going to make your day better. Since citrus is already in the recipe, there’s no reason not to incorporate it into the topping for that special touch that also accents the cannabis flavor.
Cannabis Spiked Struffoli Cookies
Amalgamated recipes from Italian Food Forever, Food 52, and memories
Makes 150 cookies, .5mg of THC per cookie estimated
For the dough:
- 4 eggs
- 2 ¼ c flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp lemon extract
- A few dashes of ginger powder
Citron Honey Sauce:
- ½ oz glycerin or alcohol tincture*
- 1 c honey
- 1/2 c citron honey concentrate or ‘tea’
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- Oil for frying
Whisk eggs until well mixed. Add extracts and stir. Slowly add flour and mix gently until it comes together to form a ball. Allow to sit aside for 20 minutes.
Before you roll out the dough, heat 1” of canola oil in a heavy bottomed pan to 350 degrees.
Take the dough onto a floured surface and cut into 4-5 chunks, roll gently into 10 inch ropes. Chop off 1” chunks and cut those chunks into three pieces. Lightly roll into a messy ball shape.
Fry in batches of 10-15 and drain on paper towels. About halfway through the frying, put the honey and citron syrup into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Wrap up the frying.
Put all of the fried dough into a bowl. Once it has simmered and reduced a bit, you can add the tincture and extracts. Pour the hot syrup over the cookies and stir well. Serve in a bowl and eat right away or keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
In an oven safe container double sealed with foil, decarboxylate 3.5 grams finely ground cannabis at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Put cannabis in a mason jar or vacuum sealed bag, pour over 2 oz vegetable Glycerin and seal tightly.
Place in a water bath at just under boiling for 1 hour. Strain and keep contents in a sterilized container. Stores indefinitely in freezer.
Now you can be one of the proud few non grandmas to make this dish. It does well at office holiday parties in the cooler months, and is a great snack to work on during a busy week. Some people add almonds, sprinkles, or even candies fruit rinds to theirs, so have a ball, or a hundred of them.
Photos: Maria Penaloza