Weed Brownie Recipe
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Marijuana Cooking Tips
Got special plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s? Planning ahead for a memorable April 20?
Whenever or whatever you choose to celebrate, it’s always great to have a delicious dessert that everyone enjoys.
And pot brownies are a perfect choice. There’s just the matter of making them right.
If you’ve never tried making pot brownies before, you may have a few questions. Here we’ll try answering a few of them for you.
How much weed do you need for brownies?
When determining the amount of weed to use in your brownies, it’s important to know the THC content of the strain you are using. This will help ensure you make a batch with the appropriate dosage.
In general, a brownie serving with 5 to 10mg of THC will provide an appropriate high. Then it’s just a matter of doing a little math.
Multiply the number of grams you plan to use times the THC content, and then multiply that result by 1,000. This will give you the total milligrams of THC in your batch or batches.
For example, if you use one gram with 18 percent THC content, then 1 x 18 percent x 1,000 = 180. This means if your pan of brownies is cut into 20 individual squares, each goody should contain about 9 milligrams of THC.
Keep in mind that like all edibles, weed brownies when consumed will have to run through your gastrointestinal tract, and there are some people who for reasons not fully understood have negative experiences.
This can include cramps, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation. If you’ve never tried marijuana edibles and this is your first time making them, it may be wise to go with either less weed or one with a lower THC content.
Remember, you can always scale up the amount in subsequent batches.
Do weed brownies go bad?
They can. After all, weed brownies are food and all food has a certain shelf life. Brownies are baked goods and like all baked goods, there will be an expiration date.
You’ll know your brownies have gone bad if you see signs of mold. Likewise, if you’ve made your weed brownies with cannabutter and they’ve been exposed too long a time to heat or light, they may turn rancid and smell or taste terrible.
Pot brownies stored in a freezer may become susceptible to freezer burn. This can happen if there is too much moisture loss.
Brownies with freezer burn may also suffer some cannabinoid loss. If you even suspect that your brownies may have turned, toss them out.
No weed brownie is worth getting sick over.
How long do weed brownies last?
If you make the recipe below, the answer is not long at all! Your friends will gobble them up. Now if you want to know how long the leftovers (if there actually are any) will last, well, that’s another story.
If you make an extra big batch and there are leftovers, it’s probably fine to leave them out on the countertop for a few days without worrying about them spoiling. However, because humidity and light will cause THC to degrade rapidly, it’s best not to leave them on a plate but rather to store them in an airtight container away from direct light.
If, however, you don’t expect to consume them over the next few days, then place that same airtight container full of brownies in the refrigerator. Weed brownies should last about a month in the fridge.
And if you want them to keep for longer? Then store that airtight container in the freezer where they should last for months.
Freezing them won’t likely change the cannabinoid contact much at all. And if you get itchy for a small treat, you can take one out and let it thaw on the kitchen counter.
Marijuana Brownie Recipe: Step by Step
Move over Martha Stewart. With this recipe, you’ll show everyone how to REALLY entertain!
What ingredients do you need to make marijuana brownies?
Go online and you’re sure to find a wide variety of weed brownie recipes. And great recipes for other goodies too.
This recipe takes a little more effort, but believe us, it’s absolutely worth it. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
Cannabutter made from one stick of butter (see our directions for making it below)
(Optional regular butter not infused with cannabis)
1/4 cup of vegetable shortening
3/4 cup of cocoa powder
1 cup of cake flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
4 oz. of semisweet chocolate
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Decarboxylating your weed
Want your brownies to make you and your friends high? Of course, you do! Which is why you need to first decarb your weed.
THC is the main psychoactive component in marijuana that brings on the high we all know and love. But until this cannabinoid is decarbed, those properties remain inert.
When raw weed is exposed to high heat, a chemical process (decarboxylation) takes place that activates the THC inside.
When you smoke weed, simply lighting a joint enacts the decarboxylation process. However, when you cook with weed, you need an oven.
It’s a simple enough process. Just break your weed into small pieces and spread it out on a tray lined with baking paper. Then bake it for 30 to 40 minutes at about 225 to 230 degrees Fahrenheit turning it regularly so that the process is even.
You’ll know it’s done when your weed changes in color from green to brown/yellow-green. After decarbing your weed, let it stand at room temperature.
After it has properly cooled, grind it down coarsely. It is now ready to be used in your favorite recipe.
Here’s a simple recipe. You only need a few ingredients–a cup each of unsalted butter and decarbed cannabis, plus a half cup of water.
Cut the butter into small pieces and heat it on low heat with the water in a heavy-bottomed pan until the butter is melted.
Once the butter is melted, add the decarbed cannabis, stirring it well. Continue to stir it every ten minutes so that it does not burn.
Bring the concoction to a simmer and continue to cook for two to three hours. If the mixture becomes too thick, add a little water.
This process will extract the THC and CBD and infuse it into the butterfat. When completed, turn off the heat and allow the pan to cool.
Then strain the mixture and store the infused butter in a mason jar or other airtight container. It should keep in your refrigerator for as long as two weeks.
Now Time for the Brownies!
First things first. You need to get your cooking equipment together. That includes a small bowl or cup for melting chocolate and two larger bowls for other mixing tasks.
You’ll also want to grab a whisk. And a pan. A standard 8×8, or 9×7 one will do just fine.
Step 1: Prepare Your Dry Bowl
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine the cocoa powder, cake flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Using a whisk, mix the ingredients well.
Step 2: Beat the Wet Ingredients Together
Now that you’ve mastered mixing dry ingredients, it’s time to take it up a notch and mix your wet ingredients. You’ll need one of your other bowls for that.
In that new bowl, beat together the eggs and vanilla extract. Set it aside.
Now, take the smallest bowl (or cup) and melt the chocolate in it. You can avoid burning the chocolate by melting it slowly in a microwave in short 5 to 10-second increments.
A double-boiler will also do. Stir the chocolate frequently and once it is completely melted, fold in the shortening.
Once melted and mixed, pour it into the bowl of wet ingredients–the eggs and vanilla you set aside previously. Then add your cannabutter and mix well.
Worried that your pot brownies will be too potent for your crowd? Afraid your edibles might end up being far too potent, akin to Stars of Death?
You can always experiment and cut back on the cannabutter by substituting a portion of it with regular butter not infused with cannabis. Don’t be afraid to play with a recipe to find what works best for you.
Step 3: Combine the Two
Now you’re on a roll! All you need to do now is pour these combined wet ingredients into your dry ingredient bowl and mix the two together well.
Although the batter will be thick, make sure the final product has no lumps.
Good thing you set the oven temperature before you started, because now it’s time to bake. Just pour the completed batter into a brownie pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes.
No, it’s not done yet.
Now turn the pan in the oven and bake it another 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for at least 10 minutes.
Did you forget to turn the oven off when your brownies were finished baking? Doh! And you’re not even high yet!
How Potent Will These Brownies Be?
How potent your brownies will be will depend on the THC content in your cannabutter. That’s why the math lesson above was so important! It’s also why you may want to play around with your recipe a bit before foisting it on friends.
If when you make a batch, you find your brownies to be a bit more potent than you prefer, you can always cut them into smaller portions.
And when you make your next batch, go with a strain with a lower THC content or tweak the recipe to include a mix of both cannabutter and regular butter.
In the meantime, enjoy the experimentation!