Love Pot Brownies? You’ll Love These Cannabis-Infused Cookies, Too
You don't need us to tell you that cannabis and chocolate work well together—but if you're looking for a new recipe to try, we'd point you to these chocolate pretzel cookies. The cannabis-infused dessert, from David Yusefzadeh and Kitchen Toke, calls for cannabis-infused olive oil (yes, olive oil!), which you can easily make at home with an immersion circulator and a saucepan. Once that's done, you simply mix the oil into a cocoa powder-rich dough, and then take that dough and form it into powdered-sugar covered balls. The finishing touch? A mini chocolate-covered pretzel to crown each cookie.
The end result is a treat that's malty, chewy, and pretty easy to make. And if you'd rather have regular cookies? No problem. Just use more extra-virgin olive oil instead. Read on for a step-by-step guide for making them—cannaoil or no cannaoil—and even more cannabis-infused recipes you can prepare at home.
Note: As cannabis regulation continues to evolve across the United States and around the world, please consult your local laws.
First Thing's First—Infuse Your Olive Oil
Before you can make these cookies, you'll need to prepare your cannabis-infused olive oil. Grab 3 1/2 grams of cannabis flower—or, about 1/8 of an ounce—three tablespoons of distilled water, and one cup of extra-virgin olive oil. You'll first decarboxylate (aka activate) the cannabis using the sous-vide method, and then, take the cannabis and simmer it in the olive oil. After it cooks and then steeps off the heat, strain the mixture and store it in an airtight resealable heat-proof container in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. (It'll keep for up to 30 days.)
Make the Dough
Next up is the cookie dough. Start by whisking together all-purpose flour, baking powder, and kosher salt in one bowl, and setting that aside. Then, get out a stand mixer and beat together the extra-virgin olive oil, cannabis-infused oil, cocoa powder, and granulated sugar with the paddle attachment. The eggs go in next, followed by the vanilla bean paste—although you'll stir the latter in, not beat it. Finally, in classic cookie-making fashion, you'll gradually beat in the dry ingredient mixture.
Once the dough is formed, cover and chill it for at least two hours before forming the cookies.
Form the Cookies
After the dough has chilled, get your oven preheated to 350°F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper so the cookies don't stick. Then, assemble your cookie-dunking station—you'll need a small shallow bowl filled with powdered sugar and a 1 3/4-inch cookie scoop, coated with cooking spray. Use the scoop to form cookie dough balls and then drop them into the powdered sugar, rolling them so they're coated. Then, place the dough balls on the baking sheets and place a mini chocolate-covered pretzel on top of each, pressing so that the dough flattens into a two-inch disc. (Make sure each disc is at least 1 ½ inches apart.) Freeze the dough uncovered on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes, or up to one hour.
After the cookie dough discs have chilled in the freezer, you're all set to bake. Do so in batches, and tailor the cooking time depending on how you like your cookie texture—12 minutes will get you a soft and fudgy cookie, while 14 minutes will yield a more firm, cake-like result. Ultimately, you want them to be puffy and just set.
Give these cookies time to cool down—it should take about 30 minutes—and then, they're ready to eat. They'll keep for up to three days in an airtight container at room temperature, so you can enjoy at your leisure. Each cookie contains about four milligrams of THC, based on the infused olive oil and a 20 percent THC strain of cannabis.
More Cannabis-Infused Recipes
If you're looking for other ways to cook with cannabis, we have several different options—some made with cannabis-infused olive oil, like these cookies, and others, made with premium cannabutter. You can start off your day with a cannabis-infused brioche French toast, whip up cannabis-infused pasta with clams and green chiles for dinner, and enjoy a mug of cannabis-infused tea any time you like. And of course, we have a brownie recipe, too. Check out the full spread below.