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How to Make the Best Possible Pot Brownies

We may not yet know who our next president will be, but the 2020 election results have made one thing clear: Red state or blue, Americans love weed. Four states—New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Arizona— voted to legalize recreational cannabis this election cycle, bringing the number of states in which it is legal to partake for fun to 15. Why not celebrate this excellent news with a really good pot brownie?

I’d wager a good portion of 14-64 year old humans ask “Is there weed in here?” whenever they are handed a homemade brownie. So ubiquitous are THC-laded chocolatey treats that this buddy comedy fuel is often people’s first foray into edible cannabis. (Likely attributable to chocolate’s powers of covering up nearly any unpleasant taste.) Too-strong brownies sometimes carry the deep bitterness of raw marijuana, but with the right proportions you can make a brownie that’s as delicious as it is dastardly.

Some bakers opt for chocolate ganache while others are in love with the cocoa (powder). Both will give you moist and gooey brownies on their own, but combining the two makes them addictively fudge-y and, pot or not, they stand alone. Brownies bake up like an extra-dense cake, and both the pan and the baking time dictate the degree of fudge you end up with. A big wide pan will give you a thick chewy result, whereas smaller portioned pans will bake up super fast and gain height.

To make Perfect Pot Brownies, we invoke a slightly more luxe version of King Arthur Flour ’s recipe. I like this one because it’s well-tested by professional recipe developers, but forgiving if you want to make tweaks—which we are going to recommend in order to max out the fudge factor. Make your cannabis butter in advance and store it in the freezer, thawing before use. (You can make it the day of; just make sure to give yourself three hours of butter prepping time before you intend to start baking.)

Prepare cannabis infused butter

Total newbies and novices to cannabis baking can rejoice that in 2020 you don’t have to dig deep in the annals of the internet to find some rando’s horrifying attempt from 1996 . “Heritage” recipes lean toward the coma-inducingly strong, which most people truly do not find to be a good time. Between devices like The Magical Butter Machine and Levo you can leave (most) of the guesswork to a device and come out with a consistent product prepared to your exact specifications.

We may not yet know who our next president will be, but the 2020 election results have made one thing clear: Red state or blue, Americans love weed. Four states—New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Arizona—voted to legalize recreational cannabis this election cycle, bringing the number of states in which it is legal to partake for fun to 15. Why not celebrate this excellent news with a really good pot brownie?