How to Make the Best Cannabis Brownies On the Planet

It’s National Chocolate Day today, just when we need it most. We’re officially dubbing 2020 the year of stress eating, so #nationalchocolateday is very welcome indeed. What could be more essential to surviving 2020 than cannabis chocolate? In honor of National Chocolate Day, we’re getting a headstart on our election night survival kit with one of its main ingredients—cannabis brownies. Since most of us are also celebrating Halloween at home this year, they make the perfect housebound All Hallows indulgence, too.

There’s a reason why hash brownies (or pot brownies) are the OG of edibles. Chocolate is great for disguising the taste of cannabis, and who doesn’t love a rich, gooey brownie? Cannabis brownies are also one of the easiest edibles to make. Whether or not you have access to readymade cannabutter and cannabis oil or whether you’re a gotta-make-it-from-scratch baker as opposed to a quick-fixes-with-mixes type, we’ve got you covered. Here’s your complete guide to making cannabis brownies.

Readymade cannabutter and cannabis oil

If you have access to it, we highly suggest treating yourself to readymade cannabutter or cannabis oil. Unless baking is your stress relief of choice, having these cannabis-infused essentials on hand dramatically cuts down your time in the kitchen. They also make dosing more accurate than home infusion and often taste better. 

We love the cannabutter from Sweet Grass Kitchen. Each stick includes 100mg of THC (no CBD), and the child-resistant box makes it refrigerator-safe for everyone. If you’re looking for vegan edibles (or at least non-dairy edibles), one of our favorite cannabis oils is CannaPunch Cannabis Coconut Cooking Oil. It also comes in a child-resistant 2-oz bottle, again with 100mg of THC (no CBD). One bottle of CannaPunch cannabis oil is the perfect substitute for butter in our pre-mix recipe below.

How to make cannabis butter and cannabis-infused oil

The thing that most newbies skip in making their own infusions is to activate the cannabinoids with heat before infusing them into edibles. Heat activation (or decarboxylation) will help you get the best bang for your buck from your flower. We can’t beat Leafly’s expert decarboxylation guide, so just follow their lead. To keep your cooking discreet, minimize cannabis odor during the process via their mason jar method.

The ease of making your own cannabis butter and cannabis oil is growing every day. You don’t need any special equipment to do it—just normal kitchen tools and appliances. Again, Leafly offers great step-by-step instructions for how to make cannabis butter and how to make cannabis oil.

Homemade edibles made easy with a cannabis infusion machine

You don’t need special tools to make cannabis butter or cannabis oil. But, if you’re as all-in on edibles as we are, you can now buy a gorgeous cannabis infusion machine that will do it for you much more precisely. Ardent offers 2 sleek options with their original and new Easy Bake Ardent. Their Easy Bake even lets you can infuse and bake in the same machine. You can just set it and forget it. With Ardent, you also get the added benefit of shopping a Black-owned business.

Now, let’s get on with the real baking!

Maximum temperature for baking with cannabis

The baking temperatures for our brownie recipes are perfect for cannabis. As cannabis chef, Julie Dooley, advised in the Denver Post, in order to preserve THC levels the maximum oven temperature for baking with cannabutter is 350 degrees.

How to make edible brownies from a box

If you want to know how to make edibles fast, you can’t beat a quick fix with a brownie mix. One of our fave gourmet brands is Stonewall Kitchen’s Triple Fudge Brownie Mix. They have several other brownie options—including a gluten-free mix, a peppermint, and a caramel version. Yum!

 

If you’re all good with dairy, you can just substitute a 1:1 ratio of cannabutter for the required amount of butter in the recipe. The triple fudge mix calls for 7 tablespoons. To get the most out of your cannabutter, just follow the special mixing instructions we lay out in our recipe for Molten Chocolate Cannabis Brownies below. Maybe the best thing about this brownie is that it’s lightning fast to make. The prep is a snap and the cooking time tops out at only 30 minutes.

How to make edibles without butter

If you want to know how to make brownies, or any edibles, without butter you just have to do a little math. You can substitute oil for butter in most recipes, but you need to scale back the quantity. The general rule is to use ¾ the amount of butter that the recipe calls for. For example, if it calls for 10 tablespoons of butter, use 7 ½ tablespoons of oil. Things can get a little complicated, however, because you also need to balance your dosing with the right proportions for taste. That’s why we love our Stonewall brownie mix. We’ve found that 1 2-ounce bottle of 100mg THC cannabis oil works as the perfect substitution for the 7 tablespoons of butter that the recipe calls for. So, on your first try, you’ll get scrumptious taste with just the right dosing.

 

How to make Molten chocolate cannabis brownies

If you really want to indulge in all senses of the word, though, make our Molten Chocolate Cannabis Brownies from scratch. With premade cannabutter, the prep and baking time still only take a little over 1 hour. And they’re SO worth it. We’ll even stick our necks out there and claim that these will be the best brownies you’ve ever had—cannabis or otherwise!

Molten Chocolate Cannabis Brownies

(adapted from Donna Hay’s recipe on Epicurious)

Ingredients for Cannabis Brownies

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup cocoa powder

¾ cup brown sugar

1 ⅓ cup caster (superfine) sugar

½ tsp salt

10 tbsp (100mg THC) cannabutter

3 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 large eggs

1 ⅓  cup (4 ½ oz) dark chocolate chips

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CANNABIS BROWNIES

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. 

 

Melt both butters together in a heat-safe bowl in the oven at 325 degrees. When almost fully melted, remove from the oven and let the butter mixture cool but not harden. (The consistency of cannabutter is more like clarified butter or ghee, so it can clump in the batter.)

 

Lightly grease an 8” square baking dish (we like using MCT oil) and line it with nonstick baking paper.Fold batter into a baking dish with a large spatula, spreading to fill in the corners of the dish. Minimize any cannabutter waste by using a small spatula to clean off the larger spatula.

 

Bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes until set. 

 

Remove from the oven and let the dish cool for 5 minutes. Cut into 16 squares, serve warm, and dissolve into delight.

 

Makes 16 servings with 4-6mg of THC per serving.

Edible dosing

10mg is the standard recommended dose for edibles. But newbies should start with 5mg or even 2.5mg. To accommodate everyone, cut the brownies you make from either of our recipes in an 8” square pan into 4 rows of 4. Each serving will contain somewhere from 4-6mg of THC. With our brownies, that dose is delivered in a big enough serving to let you enjoy chowing down on the chocolate without getting uncomfortably high. (Lightweights, start by cutting our serving size in half.) Word to the wise, though, completely accurate dosing in homemade edibles is tough—especially if you make your own cannabutter or cannabis oil. Plus, the metabolism process strengthens the potency of cannabinoids and edibles take time to kick in. So, no matter how delicious your brownies turn out, always start low and go slow!

 

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