Baking sweet treats is serious business around the holidays. The oven is basically a revolving door with trays of stacked cookies flying in and out. We ain’t complaining.
And whether you’re a purist with a family recipe that still shines or a new baker looking for something bold to whip up, there’s a special batch you may want to consider. Yep, we’re talking cannabis cookies.
We’ve put together a list of standout edible cannabis recipes you can bring to any holiday party (with due warning).
The creaminess of a coconut almond macaroon or the kick of a gingersnap will mask the taste of cannabis, leaving your strait-laced uncle to ask, “Is there even weed in here?” while reaching for his third and seeing a lot of purple or something.
Now that’s good baking. These 12 cannabis cookie recipes will have you in a Happy Holidaze quicktime.
A warning about edibles
While those used to the effects of edibles may have a simple swell time with these recipes, people who are new to them may find it hard knowing how much to eat.
Due to their delayed effect (you’ll feel their buzz between 30 minutes and 2 hours later), edibles have a high potential for overdose, and their effects can last a long time compared to smoking.
Especially when home baking, the THC content can be hard to track. Take it slow and know your limit.
The “I don’t feel anything, just one more” mentality is fine until it all kicks in simultaneously. Whoever you’re sharing cookies with, provide fair warning of what’s afoot.
Cannabis-infused almond lace cookies
If you need a break from classic gingerbreads, we hear you. There’s definitely a time and place for crispy snowflake-like cookies with a different kind of look and zing — one of fresh orange zest and almond.
(And a little cannabis-infused coconut oil.)
They’re drizzle-coated with chocolate, so, as you can imagine, that combination is killer. These treats are vegan and gluten-free too, made with coconut oil, coconut milk, gluten-free all-purpose flour, and brown rice syrup.
But, as another reminder before licking the delicious spoon too many times — there’s definitely coconut oil in here. So if you want to finish the bake without getting baked, then it might be wise to refrain from spoon-lickage.
Cannabis chocolate chip cookie dough balls
When cookie dough cravings hit, cookies that require zero baking are a must.
Usually sneaking a chunk of cookie dough means risking the chance of a belly ache after eating raw egg. Not today, belly bother!
This recipe is sans egg but needs cannabutter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, milk, vanilla extract, flour, and semisweet chocolate chips.
You can store them up to a week in an airtight container, which is also ideal for a cookie you should refrain from devouring more than one or two of at once.
Oatmeal canna cookies
Oatmeal cookies are always a hit on the dessert table. These dense treats come to life as a result of raisins, oats, pecans, and the wild-card ingredient of cannabis-infused butter.
Bake these (very) bad boys until they’re slightly browned and serve. But do let the people know what they’re biting into — they’re in for one heck of a journey.
COOKIES MADE WITH FECO OR CONCENTRATES AND EXTRACTS
You can also make cannabis edibles with cannabis concentrates like FECO.
First, check to see if your concentrate needs to be decarbed before consuming.
Some concentrates and extracts like distillate and FECO do not need to be decarbed first, while other concentrates like wax and shatter do need to be decarbed before using in edibles.
If you are unsure, you can check out our guide to decarbing cannabis concentrates here.
Once the concentrate is ready to go, you will simply mix it in with the 1/2 cup of butter as called for in this recipe.
Then prepare the recipe as described in the instructions below.
EDIBLES HAVE A DELAYED ONSET
Edibles have an approximate delayed onset time of 30-minutes to several hours and can have a prolonged duration of effects lasting 6-12 hours, so don’t reach for that second helping so quickly.
When it comes to cannabis edibles, please, start low and go SLOW!
Of course, your experience will be entirely dependent on your own endocannabinoid system.
IT’S DIFFICULT TO KNOW FINAL POTENCY OF HOMEMADE EDIBLES
It can be difficult to know what dose you’re starting with when consuming homemade edibles, so start small.
There’s a reason they say “get ready for the ride” when you consume cannabis edibles.
Edibles can be a wonderful, fun, enjoyable ride when you go in prepared with a little bit of education and know what to expect!
DIET OPTIONS FOR CANNABIS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
As a certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner and registered dietitian nutritionist, I work with my students to use nutrition and cannabis to improve their health and wellness.
Below you will find options for gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, and grain-free cookies, as well as cannabis cookies that can be made with CBD oil.
GLUTEN-FREE CANNABIS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Almost all of the recipes here on my blog and in my cookbooks are gluten-free, so I’ve had a lot of time experimenting with gluten-free flour alternatives.
Thankfully for the sake of baking, there are so many great gluten-free flour alternatives on the market today that swap pretty well for traditional all-purpose flour.
You can easily grab a gluten-free all-purpose flour at most grocery stores.
This is the all-purpose gluten-free flour we recommend for gluten-free baking, you can easily order it online and have it delivered directly to your home.
DAIRY-FREE CANNABIS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
To make delicious dairy-free cannabis chocolate chip cookies you want to make sure you do two things:
- Use cannabis-infused coconut oil instead of cannabutter
- Verify your chocolate chips are dairy-free
This is the dairy-free chocolate chip brand we recommend for dairy-free baking; you can easily order them online or find them in your local grocery store.
CBD OIL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Of course, not everyone wants THC in their food.
That is why I wanted to offer a way to make this recipe with homemade CBD oil or store-bought CBD oil or CBD concentrate.
We recommend using the CBD concentrate for stronger cookies, which packs in 500mg of CBD in just 1mL volume.
Because this is such a small amount, you can use the recipe and add this to the mixture when you add the eggs and vanilla.