Creating the perfect cannabis brownie for recreational or medicinal uses is both easy and quick. You should begin with the best ingredients that you can find to get the best results. That includes using the right kind of marijuana, so you get the results you want, as well as the taste you love.
What Do You Need to Make Brownies?
When it comes to making your own pot brownies, it is not really that much different than if you were to make other kinds of brownies. You will need a whisk, mixing bowl, and either butter or cooking spray to grease the pan. You will also need a saucepan, cooling rack, oven, and metal skewer for testing the brownies.
Pot vs. Regular Brownies
The thing that makes regular and pot brownies different is that you often add one of the following ingredients to pot brownies:
- Cannabutter or Oil
- Decarboxylated Cannabis
Without including one of these items, the brownies will not make you feel high or give you an enjoyable experience.
Do You Need to Use Cannabutter?
You do not have to use cannabutter, but you might find that it offers you better results. That might include a nicer flavour and a better potency and texture. If you want to start cooking the brownies without needing to infuse the butter, or you want a bit of an extra kick, you can add around four grams of either decarboxylated cannabis or hash to your recipe.
When you are adding these ingredients, you can increase the amount of THC or CBD in it. It can change the flavour of the resulting brownies a bit. You might need to add a bit less flower or add some more water or hemp milk. That will allow you to maintain the right balance of texture and moisture to keep the brownies together.
Of course, it is ultimately up to you about how much cannabis you want to add, so you might decide to do a bit of experimentation. That will allow you to find the right mixture. It can be subjective about what helps you create the best brownies. For example, do you like fudgy, dense brownies, or do you want them to be crumblier? Perhaps you like to add nuts to add a bit of extra crunch to them.
The best and easiest recipe is one that is easy to tailor to your desires. For example, do you want to add some more chocolate to them? Perhaps you would like to add nuts and fruits to them before baking. Some people like their brownies straight, while others prefer a rich, creamy coating on them.
This recipe is easy to either enjoy as it is written, or you can add some extra ingredients. You might also decide to substitute a couple of the ingredients for others. For example, if you are trying to eat better, you might want to use applesauce to replace some of the sugar and eggs. Or you might use rice or almond flour instead of some of the wheat flour. You might choose to use coconut oil or vegetable shortening instead of the butter.
Making the Brownies
First, you will need to collect the ingredients. These include:
- 115 Grams of Cannabutter
- 75 Grams of Cocoa Powder
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1.5 Grams of Salt
- 225 Grams of Sugar
- 4.5 Grams of Vanilla Extract
- 2.5 Grams of Baking Powder
- 96 Grams of Flour
You can also add some optional ingredients to the mixture. Not everyone likes the somewhat grassy taste of marijuana. If you find that you do not like the taste of cannabis, depending on the strain, you might want to add some extra ingredients. These might include:
- A Few Finely Chopped Fresh Mint Leaves
- 115 Grams of Dried Fruit, such as Cranberries or Raisins
- 227 Grams of Chocolate Chips
- 65 Grams of Chopped Almonds or Walnuts
- 198 Grams of Chopped Dark Chocolate Pieces (go with 60 to 70 percent cacao)
Making the Brownies
Remember that the kind of oven you are working with will determine the baking time for the brownies. Some ovens might cook hotter than others, even if you set them to the correct temperature. Others might cook more evenly than others. You will have to adjust the baking time to suit the oven. It is always better to make them a little underdone than to bake them for too long since you can always put them back in the oven for a bit.
Preheat the oven to around 180 degrees Celsius. Line your brownie pan with some parchment paper or use cooking spray or butter to grease it.
Turn the stove to medium heat and put the cannabutter in your saucepan to melt it. As it starts to melt, add your cocoa powder, and keep stirring in until the butter is completely melted and blended in with the cocoa powder. Just do not let it come to a boil since you do not want to burn off the cannabinoids in the butter. If you are adding your decarbed cannabis instead of using cannabutter, now is the time to add it. If you are using mint leaves or solid pieces of chocolate, this is also the time to add them.
You might want to add only about a third of the chocolate to the butter since you might want to leave the rest, so the brownies have some more texture to them. Once everything is blended together and the butter is all melted, you can set aside your pan to cool for a couple of minutes.
Now, it is time to add the other ingredients. Add the salt and vanilla extract to your saucepan and mix until it has dissolved. Now, beat in each egg until you have a glossy mixture. Fold in the baking powder and flour. Then, stir it for at least a few more minutes.
If you have other optional ingredients, such as nuts, chocolate pieces, or fruits, you can fold them into the mixture. Try to spread them in evenly, so each brownie piece will have an even amount of them in it.
Once the oven is completely preheated, transfer your batter to the lined or greased cake pan and spread your mixture evenly. Place the pan in the middle of your oven and bake it for around 25 to 30 minutes. Make sure that you do not bake the brownies for too long.
You can test the doneness of the brownies if you stick a metal skewer in the pan’s center. You can then see if there is raw batter on it. If there is no batter on it, you can take the pan out of the oven and let it begin to cool on your metal cooling rack.
Finishing the Brownies
If you want to add any toppings or frosting, you can then do that once they are cool. If you want to add any topping or frosting to the brownies, it can be easier to do that before you start to cut them up. Don’t forget to carefully portion the brownies out since you do not want to take too many and get too high.
You might want to go with a THC– or CBD-infused topping, which can add a little extra to the treat. You can also sprinkle some powdered sugar on the top of the brownies. If you want to cut the brownies up perfectly evenly, you might want to use an accordion or expandable cutter. They can narrow or widen the area between the wheels, so you can decide how large to make the servings.
Storing the Brownies
After you have added any more toppings and then cut the brownies to the right size, you will need to store them correctly. If you do not keep the air out, they might go stale. Plus, if you live with others, you will not want someone else to come and eat them if they are left in the open.
To help you keep the brownies away from children, you can keep them in a container that seals out the air. That will also help them stay fresh longer. Place some parchment paper between the layers of brownies if you do not want them to stick together.
If you are concerned that you will eat too many of the edibles, you might want to make a second batch that doesn’t have any THC or CBD in them. That way, if you want to keep eating the brownies, you can do so without getting too high.
Making Cannabis Frosting
You might decide that you want to top your brownies with a bit of extra cannabis. The recipe is very simple and takes less time to make than the brownies do. It is fairly strong, depending on the strength of your cannabutter, so you might want to either mix it with normal butter or use some coconut oil instead of butter unless you are planning on having very small servings. You will need:
- 344 Grams of Powdered Sugar
- 76 Grams of Cocoa Powder
- 76 Grams of Marijuana Butter
- 63 Grams of Evaporated Milk
- 4.2 Grams of Vanilla Extract
First, sift your cocoa powder and powdered sugar together. Whip together your butter until it has reduced a smooth consistency and mix the cocoa powder and sugar together with the evaporated milk. Add the vanilla, as well.
To get the right consistency, you will need to have an electric mixer. You can submerge the device’s mixers fully before you turn it on. If you do not, then you might end up making a mess as you get the frosting splattered around your kitchen.
Keep the mixer on a low or medium speed until the frosting has reached the right consistency and smoothness. Depending on what you prefer, you can add a bit of extra sugar to thicken your frosting and some more milk to make it a bit thinner. If you want the consistency to be even better, you can add in some chocolate frosting from the store, as well.
Add a generous amount of frosting to your cooled brownies. Or you can eat the frosting straight from the bowl if you want to get started on getting high. The nice thing about toppings is that you can use as much or as little as you want.
Using the Frosting
Your body will likely react differently to a cannabis edible than someone else’s might, and it might even differ for you depending on the day. It can depend on what you have eaten already and how much sleep you have gotten. The place you are when the edibles affect you can also play a role.
You can adjust the dose of the frosting depending on whether you want to get very high from the brownies and frosting together or if you just want a little hit. The tolerance of your body to cannabis and the desired medicinal or psychoactive effects can play a role in how much you decide to have, as well.
You might decide to change up the recipe a bit by adding some shredded coconut if you like the two flavours together. Or you can put some edible glitter or sprinkles on the finished product to make it look extra special. You can also place solid toppings on your frosting after you have put it on your dessert.
You will want to add any toppings to your frosting as soon as you have put it on since the frosting will get harder after a while. Butter can be sensitive to the temperature, so you can change its consistency a bit by either cooling or heating your frosting.
Brownies are perhaps one of the most popular and delicious ways of consuming cannabis. You might have your own family recipe to create the fun treats. If you do, it is easy to use your own cannabutter for that one. Even if you are using a family recipe, experimentation with different ingredients and toppings can help you create the best brownies for you.