How do you make an already perfect dessert even better? Well, that’s easy... just add weed to it! The weed cookie is a staple edible for 420 chefs and this blog will teach you how to make some of the best tasting and strongest cannabis cookies for your next party in 5 easy to follow steps.
To keep things as uncomplicated as possible, we recommend buying your favorite cookie mix and referencing this guide to make a potent canna-oil or cannabutter (short for cannabis-infused oil and cannabis-infused butter) for an extremely delicious weed cookie.
When you are making weed cookies, it’s better to pair your cannabis oil or cannabutter with stronger cookie mix flavors such as chocolate or peanut butter to mask the earthy taste of your weed.
It may take a few attempts to get your cannabis-infused butters and oils just right but follow this guide and you will be an expert in baking the perfect weed cookie in no time at all! Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Favorite Cookie Mix
- Vegetable Oil or Butter (Depending on Recipe)
- Pot with Lid
- Glass Bowl
- Measuring Cup
- Rubber Scraper
- Baking Sheet (Tin Foil Optional)
Terms to Know:
Decarboxylation is a key process for making potent weed cookies. Decarboxylation, or decarb for short, is the process of toasting your cannabis to convert the chemical THCA to THC, or CBDA to CBD, which helps to improve the strength and efficacy of your cannabis oil or cannabutter.
Decarboxylation is a highly recommended method to extract the most out of your herbs and will result in more potent weed cookies. Decarboxylation is completely optional, but we included this step in our guide to ensure you create better weed cookies with highly noticeable effects.
Don’t worry. The decarb process is much easier than it sounds and will be covered below in step #2.
The high fat content found in cooking oil and butter work wonders in absorbing the THC compounds found in cannabis. Infusion is simply the process of blending your herbs into the fat source you plan to use in your recipe.
Typically cannabutter is the tastier and most preferred method for baking weed cookies. Conversely, butter is easier to burn so cannabis oil is sometimes best for beginners. Keep in mind, however, we advise you make this choice based on the recipe provided by your store bought cookie dough mix.
In this guide, we’re going to stick with items you (hopefully) already have in your kitchen.
Pro Tip: Be patient. The longer you infuse your oil (the more time you give the THC to be absorbed), the more potent the fat will become.
How to Make Potent Weed Cookies:
Step 1: Weigh & Break Up Cannabis
The potency of your weed cookies will be largely dependent on how much herb you use and the percentage of THC in said weed. If you prefer your edibles on the lighter side, an eighth of weed per cup of oil is recommended. If this is not your first rodeo with edibles, five grams per cup of oil is a good strength. If you are targeting hero strength weed cookies, then seven grams will get you there.
Let’s simplify that:
If you’re the type of 420 chef who prefers to bake first and ask questions later, then just start with the number of weed cookies that you plan to make. If the recipe is going to make 20 cookies and you want to use 10 grams of weed, then each weed cookie will be infused with .5g of THC.
Pro Tip: Ingesting weed cookies and other marijuana infused edibles are the most effective way for the body to absorb THC. If it is your first time enjoying weed cookies, you can consume far less THC than you are accustomed to smoking or vaping while feeling the same, if not much stronger, effects.
Contrary to popular belief, it is better to break up the marijuana nugs into smaller, peanut-sized nugs rather than fully grinding your weed. You will still be able to extract the same amount of THC from the herb and this will make the filtering process faster and easier.
If you do grind your cannabis flower before the infusion process, you will need to upgrade your strainer to a mesh strainer with much smaller holes.
Step 2: Decarb Cannabis
As mentioned above, decarbing your cannabis is very important for making potent weed cookies. Start by preheating your oven to 220° degrees and place your small cannabis nugs on a tin foil sheet or baking tray.
Once the oven is preheated, place the baking tray inside for 30-40 minutes. This is one of the smellier steps in baking weed cookies, so to help reduce the smell you can cover the baking sheet with tin foil to keep the odors contained.
You’ll know your herb is completely decarbonated when it looks slightly shriveled and discolored. At this point, you can remove the decarbonated weed from the oven and set it aside for the next step in making your weed cookies.
Step 3: Infuse Cannabis
The method in which you infuse your cannabis for making weed cookies depends on what you have access to in your kitchen.
If you’re following this guide because you do not have a device to infuse with, a double-boiler can be set up at home with a cooking pot, water, and a glass bowl that can be stacked on top of the pot without touching the bottom.
If you don’t own a glass mixing bowl, it’s perfectly safe to use another type of heat-resistant bowl to set up your double boiler. Just be sure to use the correct bowl size and handle with caution.
Fill the base pot ⅓ of the way with water and set it to a low boil. If the base pot is not filled with at least 2” inches of water, top it off so that the water will not completely evaporate during a long boil. Keep in mind, the top bowl on your double boiler should not touch the water in the bottom pot.
Place about 1⅓ cups of oil or butter with your decarbed weed in the top bowl and set it on the base pot. Then place a pot lid or tin foil on top of the bowl.
Allow the double boiler to simmer on low heat for about three hours and when finished, pour the oil or butter into another bowl using a strainer to filter out the remaining weed.
You will notice some of the oil or butter is absorbed during the process so you should yield around 1 cup of cannabis oil or cannabutter for baking your weed cookies.
Step 4: Make Dough & Bake Cookies
Most cookie recipes call for 1-2 eggs, 1/3 cup of water, and 1/3 cup of oil. This means if you infuse and yield a full cup of cannabis oil or cannabutter, you'll be able to pump out at least 3 batches of weed cookies from all your hard work.
From this point, you can follow the recipe on the packaging, which will typically have you combine the cookie mix, eggs, water, and oil together, then roll it into balls of however many weed cookies you’d like. (Hint: replace the oil or butter in your recipe with your cannabis oil or cannabutter, don’t add double!)
Preheat the oven and bake at the recommended time and temperature. Once the weed cookies are finished baking, let them rest on a cookie tray for about 10 minutes.
Step 5: Enjoy your Weed Cookies!
Last, but certainly not least, you can enjoy the weed cookies of your labor!
If you would like to experience the full potency, it is best to consume edibles on an empty stomach, but if you prefer a more mild effect, eat the weed cookies after a digested meal. Weed cookies go great with a glass of milk, just make sure to spread them out as they will be hard to resist!
Pro Tip: It takes about 45 minutes on average to start feeling the effects of edibles. There is no turning back if you are not patient and shoved another 3 weed cookies in your mouth. We recommend indulging on an empty stomach as you will experience stronger, longer-lasting effects.
You can store any extra cannabis oil or cannabutter in a mason jar inside the fridge for around 2-3 months. The finished weed cookies can be stored in a jar or sealed storage container if you are planning to eat them in the near term.
Weed cookies can also be frozen if you plan on gradually eating them over a longer period of time. Congratulations on your hard work, now you can safely say you are a weed cookie chef!