Medical marijuana chocolate chocolate chip cookies – the only marijuana cookie recipe you will ever need.

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. 

Cannabis cookies! These delicious chocolate chocolate chip cookies made with medical marijuana will bring a smile to your face. Finally, edibles that taste great, and that you can make in your own kitchen.
Cannabis cookies! These delicious chocolate chocolate chip cookies made with medical marijuana will bring a smile to your face. Finally, edibles that taste great, and that you can make in your own kitchen.

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. 

Make sure to weigh your marijuana-infused butter. You can add more regular unsalted butter to it to make up the required amount of butter for the recipe.
Make sure to weigh your marijuana-infused butter. You can add more regular unsalted butter to it to make up the required amount of butter for the recipe.

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

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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.   

Mix well, and then mix some more! The marijuana-infused butter must be evenly distributed with the other ingredients so the cookies will each have the same effectiveness.
Mix well, and then mix some more! The marijuana-infused butter must be evenly distributed with the other ingredients so the cookies will each have the same effectiveness.

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.

Shape the chocolate chocolate chip marijuana cookie dough into a "log" and wrap securely in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least several hours.
Shape the chocolate chocolate chip marijuana cookie dough into a “log” and wrap securely in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least several hours.

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.

Roll each portion of marijuana cookie dough into a small ball, and freeze it. This will make it easy and convenient to bake one or two cookies at a time.
Roll each portion of marijuana cookie dough into a small ball, and freeze it. This will make it easy and convenient to bake one or two cookies at a time.

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.

Medical marijuana cookies: finally, edibles you can depend on, because you made them yourself. Soft and chewy, with lots of chocolate chips, warm from the oven - who said medicine has to taste bad?
Medical marijuana cookies: finally, edibles you can depend on, because you made them yourself. Soft and chewy, with lots of chocolate chips, warm from the oven – who said medicine has to taste bad?

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.

Baking with Medical Marijuana – how to make the best marijuana-infused butter

Marijuana is expensive, there’s no getting around it (unless you are one of the fortunate few who can grow your own).  You want to be sure that you are getting the maximum amount of pain relief out of your weed.  You might be tempted to just toss a handful of chopped marijuana into a box of Betty Crocker brownie mix and hope for the best – but try this.  It’s not hard, and it will elevate your edibles to a whole new level. 

With marijuana-infused butter, you don’t need a special “weed” recipe – any recipe that requires butter is fair game.  Just substitute your marijuana-infused butter for the plain butter that is usually used.  Brownies, muffins, cupcakes, truffles, etc. – the uses for marijuana-infused butter are limited only by your imagination.  Put some on a baked potato, or on your toast!

Marijuana-infused butter takes on the color of the marijuana, and can be any shade of green, ranging from dark green to bright, grassy green, depending on your strain of medical marijuana.
Marijuana-infused butter takes on the color of the marijuana, and can be any shade of green, ranging from dark green to bright, grassy green, depending on your strain of medical marijuana.


In order to make butter infused with medical marijuana, first decarboxylate your marijuana.  Seriously, don’t skip this step.

I plan on making cookies with this batch of infused butter.  My cookie recipe requires one stick of unsalted butter.  (Your chosen recipe may need more or less.)  I will be putting 10 grams of marijuana into the batch of cookies.

Remember, when baking with marijuana, never bake over 345 degrees.  An oven that is too hot (350 degrees or hotter) will destroy the effectiveness of your weed.

In order to make infused butter, you will need:

a crock pot,

the marijuana, chopped, weighed and decarboxylated,

one stick of unsalted butter,

about 1/2 cup of filtered water,

a wooden or rubber spatula,

a piece of cheesecloth around 12 inches square

a rubber band

When you put the weed in the oven to decarboxylate, turn on the crockpot on “low” to give it a chance to warm up. Place the stick of unsalted butter in the crockpot along with 1/2 cup of filtered water, cover and let it sit while the weed is decarboxylating.

When the marijuana has finished roasting in the oven and has cooled down a bit, move the baking sheet away from the stove.  Working over the counter and not over the stove (just in case any of it spills), very carefully lift the non-stick foil or parchment paper and tip it into the crockpot.  Try and get every tiny little morsel of medical marijuana into the melted butter.  Give it a careful stir with a wooden or rubber spatula.  The butter and water should completely saturate the weed.

Medical marijuana-infused butter is easy to make and can be used in many different recipes - just about any recipe that uses butter!
Medical marijuana-infused butter is easy to make and can be used in many different recipes – just about any recipe that uses butter!

Set the crockpot on “low” for six hours, cover and walk away. 

Every hour or so, walk by the crockpot and take a look.  Give it a gentle stir, from the center of the pot (try and stay away from the sides, so no little fragments wind up sticking to the sides and overcooking). 

Marijuana must not boil; if you see that the butter is beginning to bubble around the edges, you can add another tablespoon or so of water.  Don’t worry about adding too much water; the butter will separate from the water later on in the refrigerator, so it’s not an issue. 

My favorite thing to do when I see that it’s beginning to bubble is to turn the crockpot to “warm” setting for about five minutes, until it cools off a little bit.  Then I turn it back to “low”.  If you do this, do NOT forget to turn it back on.  Seriously, set your cell phone alarm if you need to.  I do.

Butter-infused marijuana will change the way you make your edibles. Try this - it isn't hard to do, and makes your baked goods much more effective.
Butter-infused marijuana will change the way you make your edibles. Try this – it isn’t hard to do, and makes your baked goods much more effective.

After six hours has passed, turn off the crockpot and let it cool for a few minutes. 

Take your time when you strain the marijuana out of the melted butter. Don't waste a drop of your medical marijuana-infused butter!
Take your time when you strain the marijuana out of the melted butter. Don’t waste a drop of your medical marijuana-infused butter!

Take out a glass container with a lid – a round Pyrex bowl works well – and cover it with the cheesecloth, using a rubber band to hold the cheesecloth in place.  I like to put a small strainer over the bowl and cover the strainer with the cheesecloth, and then add the rubber band to hold everything in place – the strainer makes it easier to keep the cheesecloth off the surface of the butter as it strains through.

There are many ways to use medical marijuana. Homemade edibles are economical and will allow you to control the amount of medical marijuana in them.
There are many ways to use medical marijuana. Homemade edibles are economical and will allow you to control the amount of medical marijuana in them.

Using a small ladle or large spoon, take a spoonful of the infused butter and ladle it onto the center of the cheesecloth-covered bowl.  The butter will drip through, leaving the marijuana on top.  Slowly, slowly spoon the rest of the marijuana-infused butter through the cheesecloth, using the spoon or a spatula to gently move the marijuana around so more butter can drip through. 

When you are finished, and have used a spatula to remove every last possible drop of infused butter from the crockpot, take a small spoon and carefully press the cheesecloth, gathering up the edges as you do this, to get every last drop of infused butter.  Discard the cheesecloth.

Cover the marijuana-infused butter and place it in the refrigerator for several hours, preferably overnight.  The butter will rise, making a solid hard disc just like regular butter, while the water remains sloshing around in the bottom of the bowl.

To remove the chilled butter from the glass bowl, take a very sharp knife (a tomato-slicing knife is perfect, if you have one) and run it around the inner edge of the bowl.  Then poke the knife tip against one edge, and it should easily lift up.  Use your fingers if you have to; the butter will be solid and cold.

The finished product: medical marijuana-infused butter. If the butter breaks up a bit when you remove it from the glass container (like mine did), just make sure you fish out all of the little pieces before you discard the water.
The finished product: medical marijuana-infused butter. If the butter breaks up a bit when you remove it from the glass container (like mine did), just make sure you fish out all of the little pieces before you discard the water.

Pat dry with paper towels, laying the butter down on the paper towels first on one side, then the other.  Place the butter in a new, clean container and return it to the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.  The water can be discarded.

You may be surprised at how little butter you have.  The six-hour infusion process results in the loss of moisture in the butter, which does make it weigh less than the amount with which you started out.  It will need to be weighed before you can use it in a recipe.  It’s been my experience that it can lose half of its weight, but you can easily make this up by adding more unsalted butter to it. 

Can you use a pot on top of the stove to make infused butter, rather than a crockpot?  Yes, I’ve done it both ways.  It’s been my experience that a pot, even placed on a simmer burner’s lowest setting, will eventually get hotter than the 160 degrees recommended, and is harder to control than the crockpot.  Also, on the stovetop, it tends to burn a bit around the edges.  If you do decide to use a pot, make sure that you are there in the kitchen most of the time to keep an eye on it.

Next up:  let’s make some chocolate-chocolate-chip marijuana-infused cookies!