How to Make Cannabis-Infused Peanut Butter Cookies

by Bridey Hicks
Peanut butter cookies recipe. Photo by Megumi Nachev on Unsplash

Cannabis users all around the world know exactly how to appreciate a peanut butter cookie when they see one. And to think such a soft, sweet, and salty snack could be made better by adding a bit of cannabis? That can only mean one thing; peanut butter cookies just got a lot cooler. Check out the recipe below. 

Step 1: Decarboxylate the weed

Peanut butter cookies are an easy and fast bake. But, when adding in the beloved Allstar element of cannabis, the bake takes a little while longer. These aren’t your grandma’s cookies. Unless she’s really cool.

For an edible to get you feeling high, it has to be decarboxylated. This basically means that in order for any weed to get you high, it needs to be exposed to light and heat. Just like smoking, the fire from the lighter is what activates the compounds inside the cannabis that produce your high, turning it from an acid-form, THCA, to its active form, THC. With edibles, you can’t just put the dried flower in the dough and wish for the best. It needs to be pre-heated, ie, decarbed in order to produce effects.

How to decarb cannabis

Once you learn how to decarb cannabis, it’ll be like second nature when you make your next batch of goodies. 

You’ll need: 

  • ½ ounce of flower
  • A grinder (scissors and a shot glass work too)
  • A baking sheet or large glass baking dish

Follow the steps below: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 225-275 degrees F. 
  2. Grind or break up your weed.
  3. Spread your weed out in an even layer on the baking sheet.
  4. If your weed is on the drier side, bake it for 20 minutes. If your weed is still pretty moist, bake it for 45 minutes. Rotate the weed every 10 minutes to ensure it’s baking evenly. Once it turns a reddish-brownish green, you’re golden. 
A solid form of cannabutter. Photo by Lindsey Bartlett.

Step 2: Cannabutter recipe

Now that you have your decarboxylated weed, it’s time to make cannabutter.

You’ll need: 

  • Cheesecloth or fine metal strainer
  • 8 oz. butter 
  • Saucepan

Follow the steps below:

  1. Melt your butter in a saucepan. 
  2. Once it’s completely melted, add your decarbed cannabis. Mix.
  3. Turn down to low heat and let butter mixture simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Be careful never to let the mixture come to a boil. 
  4. Allow the mixture to cool, then strain it through your cheesecloth or metal strainer into your preferred container (any glass container). 
  5. Let the butter cool to room temperature. Use it or store it in a well-sealed container for up to six months (!!)  in the fridge or freezer. 

Step 3: Cannabis-infused peanut butter cookies recipe

Your cannabutter is finished? You’re ready to make the best peanut butter cookies of your dang life. 

Let’s take a moment of silence to look at how far you’ve come. You’ve decarbed cannabis, dude. You’ve made actual cannabutter. You killed it, and you deserve what’s coming to you (a soft, peanut butter cannabis cookie). 

You’ll only need 4 ingredients (woo!): 

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1/4 cup cannabutter (softened)

Follow the steps below: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Roll up around a tablespoon of cookie dough and place it on a cookie sheet.
  4. Use a fork to gently press the dough down (a classic for peanut butter cookies).
  5. Sprinkle on a little sugar.
  6. Cook for 8 minutes or until done. 
  7. Let them cool down and then dive in.

You’ve now entered a higher plane of existence with this recipe under your belt. And since they have a pretty low dose of cannabis in them, you can have more than one. Of course, everyone’s body is different and it’s important to listen to how yours reacts to cannabis. So go ahead and eat one, wait 30 minutes to 2 hrs, and if you’re feeling like you want another one – we say go with your heart, and eat another peanut butter cookie. 

Bon appétit!

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