How to Make Cannabutter and Marijuana Cookies

Edible Marijuana Sugar Cookies
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Marijuana Leaf in Sugar Cookie Dough
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As the holidays approach, many of us are starting to feel a hankering to get buzzed off some sweet edibles. So, what better way to celebrate the season than with some marijuana infused cookies? They’re packed full of holiday cheer and a varying amount of ganja goodness, depending on your preference. We’re going to tell you how to make your own cannabutter and give you a foolproof recipe for holiday marijuana cookies.

Making Your Own Cannabutter

Cannabutter is the foundation of pretty much all cannabis-themed foods, with marijuana cookies included. As you already know or have guessed from the name, it’s cannabis-infused butter. What you may not know is that it’s actually quite simple to make!

The mantra for making cannabutter is “low and slow,” so the most effective method is to use a slow cooker. But if you don’t have one available, this can be done on the stove as well.

Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 lb salted butter, 1 oz ground cannabis flower, cheesecloth, glass container

Using salted butter will help keep the butter from scorching on the stove, since it has a higher smoke point. The water is there to further prevent scorching, and will boil off as you continue to simmer the mixture. Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to make this on the stove. The instructions are the same, except a slow cooker can be set for much longer:

  1. Add water and butter to a saucepan or pot, and turn the heat to medium low. Once the butter is about halfway melted, turn it down to simmer.
  2. Add your ground weed to the pot or saucepan.
  3. Allow the mixture to simmer for 2 to 3 hours, maintaining low heat and stirring every now and then. If using a slow cooker, you can simmer for up to 24 hours. With cannabutter, a longer simmer will infuse more cannabinoids into the product.
  4. Place your cheesecloth over the opening of your glass container, and pour your hot mixture through to strain. Squeeze the cheesecloth and plant material to get every last drop out, and get rid of the plant material that’s left over.
  5. Cover the container and refrigerate your butter until it’s fully hardened. That will separate it from the water, and you can lift it right out of the liquid.

Store your cannabutter in the fridge, and pull it out to soften at room temperature before use. Never microwave your cannabutter to soften it. This will destroy all the cannabinoid goodness!

And don’t forget that if you don’t feel like smelling up your kitchen with the heady, herbal scent of cannabutter, many dispensaries in legal states carry it as well.

Making Marijuana Sugar Cookies

Edible Marijuana Sugar Cookies
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Once you’ve got your cannabutter ready, it’s time to get some marijuana cookies going! The recipe above will yield two cups of butter, which is enough for two batches of these sugar cookies.

Ingredients: 2 cups flour (plus extra for rolling), 1 cup sugar, 1 cup cannabutter, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp salt

If you want to go easy on the potency of these cookies, you can replace any part of the cannabutter in this recipe with regular butter. If you know your cannabutter is highly potent, you might want to cut back and only use half or three-quarters cannabutter. It’s up to your best judgment!

  1. Beat egg, sugar, vanilla, and softened cannabutter in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Mix the other dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. A little at a time, add dry ingredients to the butter mixture until everything is incorporated.
  4. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F, and remove dough from refrigerator.
  6. Generously flour a large flat surface and roll out dough to a thickness of approximately ..."”.
  7. Cut out cookies and move them to ungreased baking sheets.
  8. Bake until lightly golden in color, approximately 10-12 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and rest on cooling rack.

Pretty simple, right? If you want to get fancy and frost these puppies, be sure to let them cool completely before doing so. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a basic vanilla buttercream frosting that tastes just right with these marijuana cookies.

Ingredients: 3 cups powdered sugar, ..." cup softened butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1-2 tbsp milk

If you’re feeling the need to get seriously medicated, you can even go ahead and use some cannabutter for this recipe. However, if you’re equally concerned with great flavor, we don’t recommend it as the herbal quality of the butter doesn’t mesh terrifically well with the shocking sweetness of the powdered sugar.

  1. Mix powdered sugar and butter in a medium bowl. A hand blender is fastest, but a spoon will do just fine.
  2. Stir in the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk.
  3. Slowly mix in enough of the remaining milk to make the frosting spreadable and smooth. If too thin, beat in some more powdered sugar. If too thick, add more milk.
  4. Frost those cookies!

We hope you keep this cannabis-infused recipe in mind for when you need an easy way to soothe that sweet tooth with marijuana cookies. Happy holidays!

Article by: Spencer Grey