Weed cookies? Yes, please. If you’re into edibles you’ve probably feasted on a whole slew of infused goodies packaged all pretty and officially dosed out at the dispensary. After all, it’s 2020: weed is basically legal and no one’s buying edibles from that sketchy hippy dude posted up at the park anymore. But, there was a certain thrill that came with ingesting food prepared by a dread-headed man with major dirt under his fingernails. Like, if his vibe was any indication, this batch is fucking strong.
The ‘will it or won’t it wreck my life’ game is kind of like a right of passage when it comes to eating edibles. Any legit stoner knows they creep in and they hit hard. It’s just a matter of how hard, really. That was until they came with bar codes at taxed prices.
If you’re looking for a taste of the good old days, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to cover everything you need to know when it comes to making weed cookies at home.
At the heart of every baked good that will get you baked, is cannabutter. We have an in-depth article about how to easily make cannabutter at home on your stove top and even show you where to order appliances that will make it even easier. Check that out first. If you’re thinking about just sprinkling some shake into your cookie dough — don’t do it. Every movie scene you ever saw where people eat weed because they’re being pulled over by the 5-0 and end up high as hell is a total lie. It’s scientifically impossible. That’s placebo, bro. Don’t fall for it.
Always decarboxylate first
The reason why that can’t and won’t work is a much-needed process called decarboxylation. Simply put, it’s a chemical process that turns inactive ingredients into ones that will get you high. More specifically, it converts THCA into THC. This process is accomplished with high heat that typically comes from lighting up a pipe or joint. But, when no flame is involved and you want to eat your weed, you’ve got to bake it first if you want to get high.
“Decarbing” is best done low and slow. Set your oven to 240° maximum, and let your buds bake for about 45 minutes. After this process, your weed has been “activated” and can be used to infuse butter, oil, or honey.
Weed cookies recipe
What you’ll need
- Mixing bowl
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup cannabutter
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Mix the cane and brown sugar with your cannabutter.
- Beat in the eggs and add vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, dissolve baking soda in 2 tsp. of hot water, then add to the cannabutter mixture.
- Stir in the flour and salt.
- Add chocolate chips and stir.
- Spoon the cookie dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Each spoonful should be about the size of 2 tablespoons. You should end up with about 25 cannabis cookies.
- Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated oven.
- Let cool.
- Test the potency of your THC cookie batch by sampling just half a cookie and waiting 45 minutes to an hour to gauge the effects. If you’re looking for a more intense feeling, eat the remaining half.
Edibles dosage guide
Accurately dosing edibles — whether it’s marijuana cookies or something else — can be a challenge, even for professionals. They, however, have access to lab tests that can tell them exactly how much THC is in each serving from their batch. We, however, are winging it at home. So, all we can really do is estimate with some simple math and play it safe by starting slow.
Step 1: Identify the percentage of THC in the bud you’re going to use. If you’re making cannabutter with weed that you got from a dispensary, this will be easy. Just check the label. If not… maybe Google the strain for averages (?). Most strains are between 10-20% THC. Using material with professionally tested THC levels will (obviously) make this much more accurate. We recommend it.
Step 2: Decide how many grams you are going to donate to the cannabutter gods.
Step 3: Know how many servings your ultimate recipe will make. (Our cookie recipe makes roughly 25 cookies.)
Step 4: Check out this handy Cannabutter Cooking Calculator from this dispensary in AZ. Thanks, Kind Meds!
Step 5: Plug in your numbers and get an idea of your dosage.
For example: Let’s say you have some chronic White Widow from Kind Meds that is labeled 17% THC. You decide to use a half ounce (14 grams) in your cannabutter recipe. First you decarb your weed in the oven like a good little stoner because if you don’t, your butter won’t get anyone high. You mix the decarbed bud with four sticks of butter, following our cannabutter recipe. Then, you use the cannabutter in our cookie recipe to make 25 cannabis cookies. The calculator tells us that each cookie is expected to be about 57 mg each (give or take). That is a strong cookie. Since the standard starting dose for edibles is 5-10 mg… Let’s just bite a piece off and go from there. Orrrrr, use a quarter instead of a half.
Taste the terps
In 2020, it’s not about indica vs. sativa anymore. It’s all about the terps, people. So, let’s talk about terpenes that are best for bringing out bold flavors that will complement your chocolate chip cookies. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, cannabis terpenes are like essential oils of the cannabis plant. Each has a distinct flavor and aroma, and varies based on strain. They also promote specific effects. They can make you feel calm or energized, and smell pine-y, citrus-y, fruity, peppery or hoppy — depending on the terpene. The most common terpenes are myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene, limonene, and terpinolene. If you’re buying from a dispensary, terpenes will be listed on the label. Strains are also associated with certain terpenes as well.
Now, let’s get into it.
Add some lemon tang to your sugar cookies (or go all out with a lemon cookie recipe) with strains like Banana OG, Berry White, and Do-Si-Dos. If you don’t like the taste of lemon, stay away from this terpene.
This terpene is known for its hoppy flavor and calming vibe. If you’re into that, grab some OG Kush, Grape Ape, Tangie or Grandaddy Purp for your cannabutter.
The name says it all. Infuse your winter holiday treats with a taste of pine when using strains like Jack Herer, Island Sweet Skunk, Strawberry Cough, or Blue Dream. This terp brings a chill body high.
If you’re looking to elevate productivity with help from your edibles, infuse your cannabutter with this energizing terpene. The fruity taste, smell and feeling is found in strains like Dutch Treat, Ghost Train Haze, Golden Pineapple, Orange Cookies and Chernobyl.
Also found in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon, this terpene is peppery. Sour Diesel, Chemdog, Cookies and Cream, Death Star and Original Glue all bring the flavor.
Between the different types of terpenes and cookies out there, we expect you’ll be content (or, er… high?) in the kitchen for quite a while. Once you get comfortable with the cannabutter recipe, we encourage you to get as gourmet as you want!
Did you try out the chocolate chip cookie recipe? How much bud did you use in your cannabutter? Let us know your dosage tips and how your batch turned out in the comments.