Recipe: How to Make Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cook time: Including prep, 3.5 hours
Yield: 30-60 cookies
In 1938, the United States was in the tail end of the Great Depression when a great feat of innovation heralded the dawn of a new age: the chocolate chip cookie.
Invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield, a chef at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, the chocolate cookie might just be the perfect snack, and Ruth Graves Wakefield, the perfect example of how while necessity might be the mother of invention, sometimes just dumping some chocolate bits into the cookie batter can get you there too.
But did the humble Toll House Inn chef ever dump some cannabis into the batter? Probably not, but her original claim to fame is a classic all the same, and a great way to make edibles.
What makes edibles great
You know what makes chocolate chip cookies great, but unless you’re experienced with edibles, you may be asking yourself, why not just smoke some weed? Fair enough, but the simple answer is: the experience is very different.
When smoking cannabis, the effects kick in right away. With edibles, it can take as long as an hour and a half or more as it works its way through the digestive system. And when it does kick in? It’s a potent, full-body experience that can be much more immersive and intoxicating than a few hits off a joint.
Also, they can be a great alternative for people who have respiratory conditions, never got the hang of smoking, or just don’t like the smell.
It can also be a very low-key way to consume cannabis. After all, you’re just an innocent everyday citizen eating a cookie on the bus, who could be any wiser?
A word of caution: Take your time
With the delayed onset of edibles, many people in history have made the mistake of being impatient and taking a second dose when the first didn’t kick in yet and then realizing that they have made a mistake that — while not actually dangerous — may set them up for an unpleasant and way too powerful cannabis experience.
With edibles, take your time. Start with a low dose, wait at least an hour and a half, maybe even two hours and see. Worst case, just take a bigger dose the next time.
How to make cannabutter
When making cannabis edibles, the easiest shortcut is to have a cannabis-infused fat on hand.
THC — and the rest of the cannabinoids — are fat-soluble and must be consumed with a fat in order to be metabolized by the body. Infusing cannabis into a fat like butter, coconut oil, or olive oil, creates an easy to use fat that you can quickly add to any dish to make it magical.
But for rich chocolate chip cookies, nothing is better than cannabutter:
1. Decarboxylate some cannabis
The first step in making cannabutter is to decarboxylate some cannabis. Decarboxylation is a process by which applying heat to cannabis activates the compounds in the plant, converting THCA into THC. Without it, the cannabis won’t get you high. Start off by grinding about a half ounce of cannabis and bake it on an oven sheet for about 30-45 minutes at around 220-245°F (105-120°C), and keep an eye out to make sure it doesn’t burn.
2. Simmer the butter and cannabis together
After decarboxylating the cannabis, simmer a cup of water and a cup of butter until the butter melts. Let it simmer, and mix in the decarboxylated cannabis and mix well. Simmer on low heat – around 160-180°F (70-80°C) for 2-3 hours, making sure not to let it boil. After 2-3 hours, take the pan off the heat and let it cool before straining it through a cheesecloth into a container.
You can always add more cannabis or a stronger strain if you want to make it more potent.
Recipe: Making cannabis chocolate chip cookies
Why overthink things? What could make more sense than to make cannabis chocolate chip cookies using the original Toll House recipe? Just substitute half of the butter for cannabutter, and follow the rest of the steps. It’s that simple.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup CannaButter (8 tablespoons), softened
- 1/2 cup regular butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
3. Beat butter, cannabutter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg.
4. Gradually beat in flour mixture, stir in chocolate chips.
5. Scoop out the batter in rounded tablespoons and drop onto ungreased baking sheets.
6. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.
How many cannabis cookies should I eat?
Your body may react to edibles more strongly than someone else’s depending on your experience with edibles, your metabolism, and your tolerance. Still, a good general guideline is, start with a small dose, be patient, and see how you feel after an hour or two.
The above cannabutter recipe with a 14% THC strain will contain about 40mg of THC per teaspoon. This means that a batch of cookies that calls for 8 tablespoons of said cannabutter should include a total of 960mg of THC.
The recipe says it makes about 5 dozen cookies (though our experience is that you should usually halve that estimate). If you have 60 cookies in a batch of 960mg of THC then that would come out to about 16mg of THC.
Considering that the average THC gummy has about 10mg THC, you should figure that 1 cookie — or 2 even — should give you a solid dose. You can also make the recipe using more butter and less cannabutter, or the opposite — this is a judgement free zone.An easy-to-make cannabis edibles version of our favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe. Including instructions for making cannabutter and decarboxylation.
Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies
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This is the very best recipe for easy, simple, delicious Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies made using cannabis-infused coconut oil, cannabutter, or cannabis sugar. No fancy ingredients, just a crispy, chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth medicated cookie ready in just 30-minutes.
Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies
There is nothing better than biting into that first warm, gooey, perfectly crispy on the outside, doughy on the inside chocolate chip cookie – unless it’s a medicated cookie 😉
Now, it is true. You can use any traditional cookie recipe you have to make a cannabis-infused cookie. Simply swap the fat called for, like butter or oil, for cannabis butter or cannabis oil, and voila – you have an infused cookie!
But if you’re looking for THE perfect cannabis chocolate chip cookie recipe that has been made specifically with cannabis-infused butter or oil – this is it!
Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil or CannaButter
You can’t make weed chocolate chip cookies without THE staple recipe important for every cannabis kitchen: cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter.
Used interchangeably, infusing oil or butter with cannabis is an easy way to extract a broad-spectrum of compounds like CBD or THC)from the cannabis plant and get them into the food you are eating.
You will want to make sure you have this recipe prepared BEFORE diving into making your own cannabis-infused chocolate chip cookies, as the extraction process involves cannabis decarboxylation and takes approximately 4-hours.
Once you have your cannabis oil or butter ready, you can go ahead and prepare these chocolate chip cookies or use it in any other of our delicious cannabis-infused recipes like these mouthwatering cannabis peanut butter cookies and classic cannabis brownies.
Cookies Made With Cannabis Sugar
You can also make these cannabis chocolate chip cookies with cannabis-infused sugar if you have some on hand. It is entirely up to you whether or not you want to use infused oil or infused sugar.
Additionally, you could use both infused oil or butter and infused sugar together for an extra potent batch of medicated cookies.
Before Consuming Cannabis Edibles
Now, if you have never consumed cannabis edibles before, there are some important things I want you to know first. Friends don’t let friends jump into edibles without a little first-hand knowledge of what to expect!
Because it’s true, cannabis edibles CAN totally mess you up if you’re not prepared. Before jumping into eating an entire batch of weed cookies, I want you to remember:
Edibles Can Be Very Potent
Edibles become more potent when enzymes in the liver hydroxylate Δ9-THC to form 11-hydroxytetrahydrocannabinol (11-OH-THC), a potent psychoactive metabolite that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and causes potential hallucinations!
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, 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!
To make sure you have the safest, best edible experience ever, grab my Beginners Guide to Cannabis Edibles here!
Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies Diet Options
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.
Many of my clients need to make some adjustments to create their own unique autoimmune diet, and that includes removing certain food groups at times.
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 in your local grocery store.
Paleo or Grain-Free Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies
Most of my cookbooks are not only gluten-free, but completely grain-free to be Paleo compliant as well. It it easy to make a grain-free cannabis chocolate chip cookie by swapping cassava flour for traditional all-purpose flour.
However, it is important to remember that if you are using cassava flour, you will need to add an extra egg (for a total of 2) to get the right consistency for the dough.
This is the grain-free cassava flour we recommend for grain-free baking, you can easily order them online or find in your local grocery store.
CBD Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
Of course, it is not always easy to get your hands on cannabis flower to make your own infused coconut oil, which is why we wanted to offer a way to make this recipe with CBD oil or CBD concentrate.
For stronger cookies, we recommend using the CBD concentrate which packs in 500mg of CBD in just 1mL volume. Because this is such a small amount, you can use the recipe as is and just add this to the mixture when you add the eggs and vanilla.
For cookies that are not as strong, you can use a traditional CBD oil. Simply subtract the amount you are adding from the total fat content. For example, if you are adding 1 tablespoon of CBD oil, subtract 1 tablespoon of oil or butter from your total amount.No fancy ingredients, just crispy, chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookies made using cannabis-infused coconut oil or cannabutter. ]]>