making marijuana cookies

Making marijuana cookies

With the general public’s stance on marijuana decidedly different than it was a decade ago thanks to changes throughout the US, allowing both medical and recreational usages in various states, a happy byproduct is that we have better information than ever when it comes to making weed edibles — a delivery system that continues to reinvent the way that people get high.

While weed edibles these days run the gamut from Thanksgiving recipes to cupcakes, there is no denying that baking cookies or brownies remains an all-time classic. However, knowing how to make edibles requires a certain amount of knowledge, both of cooking and marijuana, to craft the perfect batch.

After all, people are looking for something that both tastes good and is potent. Unfortunately, you can’t get that by simply slapping some pre-bought mix on a cookie sheet, adding crumbled weed, and lobbing it in the oven. Never fear, though. We’ve got you covered when it comes to how to make weed edibles and the perfect edibles recipe.

The actual items you need

So you’ve got some weed and want to start making edibles. That’s a good start. In fact, many might be more at ease handling the marijuana aspect of this gambit than the cooking. But rather than think of your weed edible’s potency as the number one goal, instead think of getting some quality chocolate, such as Guittard or Scharffen Berger.

From there, you’ll want to also pick up six large eggs, two sticks of unsalted butter, vanilla extract, sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and kosher salt. From a utilitarian perspective, you’ll also need a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, a weed grinder, food processor, wooden spoon, cheesecloth, and two large pots.

Still with me? Good. Then let’s learn how to make edibles so that these weed cookies can eventually turn into weed cake in the future.

Pick your strain

Like with junk food, picking the right strain for making edibles depends on the mood you’re in and the social situation you’re planning for. A simple question to ask is, “Daytime cookie or nighttime cookie?” Although weed impacts everyone differently, sativas give users energy and indicas are better for relaxation and sleep.

Want your cookies to make you want to get up and conquer the world? We suggest Sour Diesel, White Widow, Casey Jones, Golden Goat, or Lemon Skunk. But if you prefer something for you, your Netflix account, and a planned rendezvous with your bed, opt for strains like Bubba Kush, Granddaddy Purple, or White Fire Alien OG.


There’s a reason why marijuana is most commonly smoked rather than eaten. Without heating it up or burning it, raw weed is actually non-psychoactive, chock full of THCA, and actually considered a “superfood” by some, who note 400 different chemical compounds inside the plant, including vitamins, essential oils, and acids.

Thus, to begin the weed edible process, a chef must prepare the weed so the elements that make a person feel high are present in the pastry. As High Times noted, “If you want to get high, you’ll need to cook it, and you’ll need to do it right so you don’t waste it.”

The boiling temperature for THC is 314ºF, and heating your cannabis too much for too long will result in lowered potency. The process itself, however, is rather straightforward:

1. Preheat your oven to 240ºF. If you have an oven thermometer to gauge the oven’s true temperature, even better.

2. Break the leaf down into more manageable pieces and place on a cookie sheet as if toasting spices. Don’t overload the marijuana so pieces are on top of each other.

3. Put the sheet in the oven and monitor for 30-40 minutes (depending on oven strength and the strain of weed). You’re looking for a golden brown color as opposed to the more vibrant green of an untoasted leaf.

4. Take out of the oven and let the toasted marijuana cool. Then put the weed in a food processor and pulse it for a second so it is ground coarsely.


With a major step out of the way, it’s time to make “cannabutter,” infusing your active marijuana into a food perfect for baking: butter. While there are numerous methods for achieving this, some of which take up to eight hours, here is a wafer-simmered version that is both simple and heralded by The Cannabist as the best cannabutter in the US.

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring a quart of water to the boil on the stove. Once boiling, add your sticks of butter and allow them to melt completely. After that, add your marijuana and reduce the heat to simmer. The real key here is that the weed should always be floating about 1.5 to 2 inches from the bottom of the pan. The butter should cook at a low heat for three hours until the mixture starts to get thick at the top.

From there, you’re nearly finished. Take the mixture and place it in a bowl lined with cheesecloth. Then squeeze out the remaining liquid butter. After allowing the liquid butter to cool for an hour, put it in the fridge until it takes on the consistency and texture of a spread.

We swear we’re almost to the part where you can actually eat your weed edible.

Do you get the killer munchies after smoking and want to kill two birds with one stone? We've got you covered with our how to make edibles guide.

How to Make Cannabis Cookies

Step aside, brownies. Cannabis infused cookies are a real crowd favorite! You can make pot cookies from scratch using a few simple ingredients. Gather your cannabutter or infused THC or CBD coconut oil, and re-create some of our favorite infused, dispensary grade cookie recipes right at home. We’ve got classic chocolate chip cookies, gingersnap cookies with a delicious drizzle of infused caramel over the top, peanut butter cookies, and a re-imagined version of Grandma’s oatmeal cookies coming right up. Ready to get baking? Then here’s how to make pot cookies to die for.


Here’s How to Make Weed Cookies

1. Chocolate Chip Weed Cookie Recipe

Cook Time = 15 minutes

Ready in = 30 minutes

*Extra time needed for decarboxylation and amount of time will depend on decarb method

Note: *Extra time needed for decarboxylation and amount of time will depend on decarb method. If using the Nova decarb will take 1.5 – 2hrs.

Follow this weed cookie recipe on YouTube, or follow the recipe below.

Required Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted, melted butter
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ¼ ounce to ¾ ounce of decarbed flower, the amount depends on desired strength
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips
  • Cannabis

Note: Feel free to add a variety of different flavors and ingredients to this recipe per your preferences.

Required Kitchen Equipment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or rubber spatula
  • Greased baking sheet
  1. Decarb your herb using the oven method or for best results, use a Nova decarboxylator. When your weed is decarbed, grind it into small pieces to mix into cookie dough.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
  3. Mix 2 cups flour, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and decarbed bud in a large bowl, set aside.
  4. In a second bowl using a mixer, cream together ¾ cup of melted butter, 1 cup brown sugar, and ⅓ cup white sugar. Beat in 1 tablespoon vanilla, the egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy.
  5. Mix in dry ingredients until incorporated. Using a spatula, fold in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
  6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto your prepared cookie sheets, being sure to leave a few inches between each cookie.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are light brown. Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack. As with all edibles, start slow until you know your tolerance level.
  8. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days. (Hint: To keep them moist, store a single slice of bread in the container with them.) For even longer freshness store the canna-cookies in the freezer and warm them covered in the toaster for an freshly-baked taste up to 2-3 weeks later.

2. Gingersnap Cookies With Medicated Caramel Drizzle

A gingersnap cookie is the perfect holiday gift or treat. Gather around the fire with a few of these psychoactive cannabis cookies and kick up your feet, or enjoy them all year around for a moment of cozy nostalgia.

Required Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Ardent Caramel Infusion kit or your favorite local caramel
Required Kitchen Equipment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Greased baking sheet
  • Whisk or rubber spatula
  • Electric mixer (optional)
  1. Mix decarboxylated kief into the caramel sauce of choice, and place it to the side.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
  3. Mix sugar and butter together before stirring in the egg and molasses.
  4. Combine dry ingredients and gradually mix well into the dough.
  5. Roll roughly 30 balls of cookie dough, placing half on each baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, or for about 10-12 minutes.
  6. Once cooled, drizzle medicated caramel sauce over each cookie, dosing as you like.

3. Peanut Butter Cannabis Cookies

Peanut butter cannabis cookies can get you an extra protein boost with your dose. These are particularly good before a run or intense workout session with a tall glass of oat or almond milk and plenty of water. Here’s how to make cannabis cookies with peanut butter.

Required Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Cannabutter
  • 1 Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Required Kitchen Equipment
  • Mixing bowl
  • Greased baking sheet
  • Whisk or rubber spatula
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. Combine cannabutter, white sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter in your mixing bowl. Stir well, and beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Combine dry ingredients together and gradually mix well into the dough.
  4. Roll cookie dough into one inch balls and place on the baking sheet. Imprint a criss-cross pattern on each cookie using a fork. Bake until browned, for about 10 minutes.

4. Grandma’s Re-Imagined Infused Oatmeal Weed Cookies

Just like Grandma’s, but better. Here’s how to bake weed cookies your Grandma will never better!

Required Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup Cannabutter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 ½ cups raisins
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Required Kitchen Equipment
  • Greased baking sheet
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk or rubber spatula
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease two baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together cannabutter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Stir well.
  3. Add raisin, water, nuts, and oats to the dough and mix thoroughly. Allow the dough to cool in the refrigerator for about a half hour.
  4. Combine dry ingredients and gradually mix well into the dough.
  5. Roll cookie dough into small balls and place on your baking sheet with two inches between each one. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the cookies are very slightly browned on top.

Other Pot Cookie Recipes to Bake:

  • Cannabis-Infused Cherry Almond Cookies
  • Cannabis Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
  • Oatmeal Cannabis Cookies
  • Cranberry, Cannabis, and Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Marijuana Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cannabis-Infused Sugar Cookies
  • Coconut Almond Macaroons
  • No-Bake Stoner Chocolate Balls
  • Sriracha and Almond Butter Cannabis Cookies

Our Marijuana Cookies Conclusion

Marijuana cookies are a great way to spread joy. If your batch of cookies is too large to eat right away, make sure to freeze them in an air-tight container to extend their shelf life another 2-3 weeks. Enjoying homemade cannabis cookies? Tag us on Instagram for the chance to be featured on our page!

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This whole decarbing discussion has been great! Since there cannot be a NOVA in my future $$$, I’ve been doing a bunch of reading/research (ty Ardent and Leafly) and even oven testing. My oven holds a steady 198F so I’m gonna do a 75 mins. batch and play! Then I saw a Magical Butter Decarb kit on Amazon, so I’m gonna try that! Hello, we need an affordable lab, like 23nMe, where people can send in a sample for THC % only. Thanks for those recipes and ALL the incredible educational info you share! Bringing out the Scientist in me!

Awesome machine. My wife hates the taste of the herb, but needs the medication. Smoking is hard on the lungs.
We decarb shatter and then reheat with oil for half an hour, as per your instructions. One gram shatter to one ounce avocado oil, then we put the combined THC/avocado oil into capsules. One sativa pill for day, and one indica pill for evening. This puts our THC levels up where not as much smoking is required.
We also decarb all our flower, just as soon as we get home from the dispensary. Some goes to making hard candies (with herbal taste), the rest we smoke in narrower papers that take less herb, and in smaller bowls. We used to fill our bowl rack, fitted with four bowls, for a single sesh. Now, we rarely finish a bowl on the first sesh, the medication is just so much more effective. That same 4 bowl rack lasts a couple of days now, but we only load one or two bowls at a time because we won’t use it in a day.
We calculated that we would save the purchase price of the NOVA in about six weeks, and we were right, so now we are just reaping the rewards. I’m an economist, so I calculated everything from the cost of shatter, cost of flower, worked out the math for daily use costs, figuring in our THC requirements before we invested in the NOVA. The results are as expected,
All the, “stems and seeds that you don’t need”, (sorry Chech and Chong) go into a jar for later inclusion into hard candies for travel, so we glean as much THC as we can using stuff we used to toss.
The NOVA has completely changed the way we medicate, we are now in a more level state, keeping THC levels more constant, with fewer ups and downs, and way less time investment than smoking every couple hours. This keeps my, “Hey look, I’m walking!” feeling going all day long.

I bought my Nova lift about 3 weeks ago and I am amazed every time I use it because of its accuracy and its multiple uses. I love my Magical Butter machine but it can’t decarb and you have to infuse at least two cups of of liquid to use it. The Ardent can Decarboxylate then infuse as little as a couple of tablespoons of liquid/oil. Sorry Magical Butter Machine…you’ve been bumped to #2. The Ardent Lift is my #1 Cannabis Tool….

Is there an easy way to figure out the potency of each cookie from the first recipe?

If I put in one gram or even two gram of decarbed weed, what will the thc level be per cookie in terms or mg if my starting material is Aprox 19-20%?

This is an easy trick I use to calculate potency. So if the starting material is 20% THC, for each gram of bud there is 200 mg THC present (basically just add another 0 onto the % value to calculate the mg in one gram).
If 1 gram is 200 mg, then to get 2 grams we want to multiply both sides by 2…2 grams = 400 mg.
Then to find out potency PER COOKIE, we want to divide the total mg in the recipe by the # of cookies we are making. So lets say you made 12 cookies and used 2 grams…Remember our total amount is 400 mg so divided by 12 cookies gives us 33.3 mg THC per one cookie.

Hopefully this trick helps you as much as it helps me!

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