These chocolate chocolate chip marijuana-infused cookies are the perfect way to ingest medical marijuana. I’ve tried many different recipes, and this is my favorite go-to recipe for dependable dosing in the evening and at bedtime. I like to make a batch of cookie dough, cut it into 30 equal pieces, roll them each into little balls, and freeze them, to be baked one or two at a time as I need them.
First, and please don’t skip this step, decarboxylate your marijuana. You will get more pain relief if you do this – no kidding.
Second, make infused butter with your newly-decarboxylated marijuana. I usually do this the day before I make the cookies, so it has time to completely solidify in the refrigerator.
Now that you have taken care of these first two steps – let’s make some cookies!
About 45 minutes before beginning, take your infused butter out of the refrigerator, place a piece of plastic wrap over your scale, and weigh the butter. Do this while it is still cold, so it is easier to handle. Don’t be surprised if it weighs less than you expected; butter contains a lot of water, which evaporates while you are infusing marijuana into the butter.
This recipe requires 4 ozs. of butter. Chances are that your marijuana-infused butter will weigh less than that, due the to the amount of water lost through evaporation during the infusion process. In the above photo, you can see that my own marijuana-infused butter only weighed about half of the total of 4 ozs. needed. Please be sure to add enough unsalted butter to the infused butter to equal a combined weight of 4 ozs.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make chocolate chocolate chip cannabis cookies:
4 ozs. of combined cannabis-infused butter plus unsalted regular butter, softened to room temperature (no, no, no, do NOT microwave the butter to soften – just leave at room temperature for about 45 minutes)
5/8 cup granulated sugar
3/8 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
1 1/2 large eggs, at room temperature (scramble one of the eggs and divide it in half; use the other half of it for something else – make an omelette for lunch, or bread some chicken with it; use your imagination)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5/8 teaspoon baking powder
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips; you can use all bittersweet, or a combination of your favorite types of chocolate chips
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl using a whisk, and set aside.
Remember, you can stir the dry ingredients together as much as you want; you can stir the wet ingredients together as much as you want; but once you have combined the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, only stir until the batter is just combined. Don’t overdo it. This rule applies to all cookies, not just those with marijuana in them.
In a stand mixer, beat the softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and melted unsweetened chocolate for 4-5 minutes on the lowest setting, until absolutely smooth. It is very important that the butter mixture is absolutely smooth and well mixed. If the butter is not evenly distributed, then the marijuana may be more concentrated in some parts of the batter than in others. If you want dependable dosing, so that each cookie is the same strength as the other cookies, take your time with this step.
Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Add the eggs and mix until completely incorporated.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the batter and mix just until well combined with no flour showing. Manually fold in the chocolate chips. The batter will be quite stiff; take your time and make sure that the chocolate chips are evenly incorporated.
Take a long length of plastic wrap and lay it out flat on the counter. Spread the batter out onto the plastic wrap. Fold carefully and shape into a thick log or brick shape of uniform thickness. Wrap up tightly and place in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight.
Slice into sections, then cut the sections into cookie-sized portions. Roll each section into a little ball, using your hands as if you are making meatballs.
Freeze the cookies spread out flat in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet which has been lined with non-stick foil, parchment paper or a SilPat sheet. Once the cookies are frozen solid, you can place them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Don’t forget to label them very clearly, “marijuana cookies”, so there are no “accidents” involving other family members. Just a thought.
To bake, turn on your oven to preheat at 345 degrees. (Remember that marijuana should never be exposed to higher heat than 350 degrees, or its effectiveness will be diminished.) At the same time that you turn on the oven to preheat, remove one or two (or however many you want) cookies from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet lined with non-stick foil, parchment paper or a SilPat sheet. Put them on the counter (not near the warm oven) and let them sit out at room temperature for 10 minutes or until your oven has preheated.
Baking times will vary according to your own oven and the size of your cookies. If you have made 30 cookies, then each one will take approximately 9 minutes to bake, but make sure to check after 7 minutes, and thereafter at 1 minute intervals, until the cookies are done. The edges should be set, but the centers should still be shiny and slightly underdone. Do not overbake; they should look like the cookies in this photo.
A word about dosing: this recipe makes 30 cookies, and contains 10 grams of medical marijuana. For me, personally, one third to one half of a cookie is a single dose. Each person’s tolerance is different, and each batch of marijuana is different, so proceed with caution. Try one quarter of a cookie, and see how you feel. It can take two hours or so to feel the full effects, depending on what else you may have eaten on any particular day. Interestingly, ingesting marijuana before a meal can make it take effect more quickly – or at least, that’s been my experience. So be careful at first; you can always eat more, but you cannot eat less.
When your cookies are done, remove them from the oven, and then remove them from the baking sheet as soon as possible. Allow to cool. Mmmmmm. Ahhhhhh.