Pot brownies have been a symbol of weed edibles for decades and are also one of the most popular cannabis-infused foods ever.
Coffee shops in Amsterdam have been selling them for ages under a few different names such as weed brownies, space cakes, magic bites, and so they quickly became the preferred way of getting high for those that don’t enjoy smoking weed.
Of all the edibles stocking dispensary store shelves today and all the trendy online recipes for marijuana baked goods, the “pot brownie” remains the most notorious. This cannabis-laced chocolatey treat has been depicted countless times in movies and television, and there’s no telling how many people have asked “Are those special brownies?” at parties over the decades. And aside from all the fame, they’re just one truly enjoyable way of consuming cannabis!
But as any veteran will tell you, not all marijuana brownies are created equal. The best are fudgy and chocolatey enough to not let the potent flavors of cannabis overwhelm, and they also retain plenty of moist gooeyness to ward off any cotton mouth. They also must be filling and satisfying, as consuming too many at a time can lead to way too strong of a high. That said, the ingredient proportions must still allow for the cannabis to have an effect.
How Much Cannabis Should Be Added?
Some will say that the amount of cannabis you should add to any “pot brownie” recipe depends on personal preference. While this is true, it’s also true that it’s very easy to go overboard. An easy way is to opt for cannabis oil rather than actual ground leaf or powder, as it can be measured more easily and will also fit in seamlessly with the recipes. For the recipe above, you can add ⅔ cups of cannabis-infused oil and still get a gentle effect from each serving. The oil is added when you add in the sugar. You can adjust the oil amount as desired, but it’s a good idea to test the dosage in each brownie (one small serving at a time) before deciding to consume more.
Never serve marijuana brownies to someone underage or to anyone without informing them of the ingredients. Always enjoy responsibly.
World’s best pot brownie recipe
If you are looking for the most delicious way to fix up some weed brownies, here is a recipe for my Fudgebuds (I’ve made my fair share of pot brownies this way):
- Plastic mixing bowl
- Stainless steel cake pan
- Metal wire rack
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Cocoa powder – ¾ cups
- Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
- A pinch of salt
- Water – 2 tablespoons
- Cannabis butter – 1 stick (around 4 oz, 120 grams)
- Eggs – 2 large eggs
- Flour – a bit over a ⅓ cup
- Chocolate topping (or some other topping)
- Make cannabis butter (I use the Magical Butter machine and this Butter Tray for this, or follow these instructions on how to make DIY cannabutter).
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (162°C).
- Grease your brownie pan with regular butter. We suggest you use a stainless steel pan since it will prevent your brownies from sticking.
- Add sugar, cocoa, vanilla, salt, water and cannabis butter to the mixing bowl. Whisk to blend all the ingredients together.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating them as hard as you can with a whisk until the mixture is glossy.
- Add flour to the bowl and whisk the entire mixture for about 3 minutes.
- Bake the mix for about 20-30 minutes. Just like with any other brownies, you can find out whether they are done by poking them with a toothpick inserted until it comes out clean.
Use a spatula to cut and move the brownies to a metal wire rack in order for them to cool down.
Be sure to add toppings such as chocolate chips or ice cream.
What makes the best pot brownie?
Getting the dosage right is by far the most important part of the whole process—you don’t want to make them too strong as the people eating them might be in for a rough trip.
Putting too much cannabis in your brownies can make your batch a nightmare for those eating them, causing extremely long and exhausting highs that last for hours.
There were even known cases of people eating extremely strong brownies, trying to sleep it off after a while, and then waking up super high.
However, this can go two ways — you can also add too little cannabis to the mix and end up with a batch of delicious brownies that won’t make you high.
Here are another few things to keep in mind when making pot brownies:
- THC-rich strains will bring in the best results.
- Make sure that the cannabis you are using for brownies is organically grown, meaning that no pesticides have been used in the process of growing the plant. These pesticides can have negative effects on the end product and give it a foul taste.
Making a smaller, yet more potent batch is always a better idea in my opinion, and here’s why — brownies made with smaller doses will take longer to kick in.
Should you bake from scratch or use a store-bought mix?
Weed brownies made from scratch usually require cannabutter for the recipe, while the simpler version can often be made with just cannabis oil and the brownie mix bought from the store.
Either way, make sure you’re baking them in a well-aired area because it’s gonna get smelly in the kitchen.
When making weed brownies from scratch, the process is a bit longer and more tedious, unless you love cooking and baking.
Don’t get ahead of yourself!
If you’re not certain about your tolerance with edibles, eat only a half or even a quarter of a brownie the first time around. Weed edibles usually take about an hour or two to kick in.
So, before diving into the whole batch and getting high as a kite make sure you let them sit in and do their thing for a while before devouring the rest.