When it comes to cannabis cooking, the classic go-to recipe is the humble chocolate brownie. And we can see why. The gooey, fudgy goodness is perfect for combining with cannabinoids like CBD. They’re also extremely easy to make so you don’t have to be a professional baker to make them. Additionally, they’re also super easy to customise so you can put your own spin on our CBD brownies recipe!
Brownies are decadent, rich, and moreish. But aren’t they a little boring? Not to us! You can serve them warmed up slightly, with a generous scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce to wow your dinner guests with a firm favourite. Or you can batch bake them for an Autumnal picnic treat.
They’re ideal for batch baking as they hold really well. You can pop them in the fridge for up to a week. Alternatively, you can store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. Just wrap them individually, so they don’t stick together. Then, you can take them out as you need them, to defrost them overnight in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, you can gently heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds to get that beautiful gooey texture.
Can You Use CBD Tincture or Oil or Do You Have to Use Cannabutter?
So, if you’re a CBD lover, like the rest of us, you might be wondering “can I put CBD oil in my brownies?” Of course, you can! CBD is fat-soluble which means it fully dissolves in fatty substances like milk, butter, and oil. Therefore, you can add CBD oil into most baking recipes wherever you’re adding butter or oil.
Alternatively, you can infuse CBD into other elements of your dessert, if you want to stick with tincture and oils. For instance, if you’re topping your brownies with frosting, you can add CBD oil to the buttercream icing when you’re mixing it. Or, you can opt for an infused syrup or sauce to top things off.
If you want to try your hand at making cannabutter, it will also work really well with our CBD brownies recipe. It’s a lot easier to make than you might think! If you want to try your hand at making your own cannabutter, we’ll include that in our recipe below. But if you want to stick with your favourite tinctures, just add a couple of drops in when you’re adding the vanilla extract (we’ll tell you when!).
How Much CBD Should I Put In My Brownies?
One of the best things about making your own CBD-infused treats is that you can fully customise them. Everybody is different, and they will want to see different results when it comes to using CBD. Equally, your height, weight, and metabolism will also affect how much CBD you should take daily.
If you’re new to using CBD, we recommend starting with a lower dosage and gradually increasing it over the coming weeks. This will give you and your body a chance to get used to it. It’ll also help you avoid taking too much, which can leave you feeling a little sleepy.
If you’re not sure about the correct dosage for you, you can always reach out to your medical provider, and they should be able to give you more in-depth, tailored advice for your needs.
If you’re used to taking CBD, you’re less likely to take too much. Therefore, you might want to try making your own cannabutter to use in your brownies. Because you’re infusing oil or butter with CBD, it’s a bit more difficult to measure exactly how much CBD is going into your CBD brownies recipe.
However, if you want a more accurate dose, we recommend using CBD oils or tinctures. Canndid CBD Tincture, for instance, has an exact dose per drop. Each vial has precise information about the CBD content per drop. Therefore, you’ll be able to measure each dose accurately.
Of course, it’s completely up to you and your personal preference! Either way, we’re sure they’ll taste delicious – especially if you’re using our CBD brownies recipe.
How to Make Cannabutter
If you’ve decided to go the extra mile by making your own cannabutter, you’ll need a saucepan, fine-mesh strainer, a baking sheet, and parchment paper.
You will also need a carrier oil like butter or coconut oil and dried CBD herb or flower. We recommend using 1 cup of each for our CBD brownies recipe.
Before you add the CBD herb to the butter or oil, you will need to decarboxylate it first. Don’t worry, this sounds a lot more complicated than it is. All you have to do is whack it in the oven! The heat triggers a chemical reaction in the dried herb where CBDA becomes CBD – a molecule our bodies can use.
- Preheat the oven to 120° C, and grab a non-stick, oven-safe tray. Cover it in parchment paper to make sure the herb doesn’t get stuck to it.
- Next, you can pop the herb on the baking sheet and put it into the oven for about 30-40 minutes. If the buds are already quite dry, this might take less time but we recommend going low and slow with the temperature and cooking time. Therefore, you should avoid the microwave.
- You should shake the tray gently every 10 minutes or so. By doing this, you expose each side of the bud to the heat.
- When they’re ready to go, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly.
- Next, you’ll want to coarsely grind the buds. You just need a quick grind to break them up slightly. You don’t want a fine powder as it will be too difficult to filter it from the butter.
- Grab a small saucepan and melt the butter or coconut oil over low heat. As the butter melts, chuck in the CBD flower and let it steep for at least 3 hours. This will give the butter a chance to absorb the cannabinoids. However, the longer the herb stays in the butter, the stronger the earthy, plant taste will be. In the case of our CBD brownies recipe, you'll mask the earthy notes with chocolate-y flavours, so not to worry.
- When you’re happy with your infused cannabutter, remove it from the heat and use a fine-mesh strainer to remove the plant matter from the butter. Now, you’ll understand why we don’t want powdered CBD bud in there!
- Pour the oil/butter into a fridge-safe container and pop the lid on. Make sure it’s clearly labelled, especially if you share the fridge with other people.
How to Make CBD Brownies
As we said, if you’re not interested in going to the bother of making your own cannabutter, you can just use CBD oil. It’s a lot less effort and you can accurately measure exactly how much CBD is going into your brownies.
What You’ll Need…
- 140 g butter/coconut oil (you can use your cannabutter instead if you wish).
- 250 g granulated sugar
- 65 g self-raising purpose flour
- 65 g cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs or 6 tbsp aquafaba (the juice from the tin of chickpeas).
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- A couple of drops of your favourite CBD oil
- Before getting started, preheat the oven to 160° C and prep your baking tray. You’ll want to make sure the baking tray is properly greased using a knob of butter, or the brownies will get stuck. You can then line the bottom and sides with parchment paper. For our CBD brownies recipe, we recommend using two pieces of parchment paper. One to go vertically and the other to go horizontally across the bottom of the tray, coming over the sides. This way, you’ll be able to lift out the brownie when it’s baked.
- Next, you’ll want to combine the sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a large bowl.
- Melt the butter or oil and slowly add it in whilst constantly stirring. Use a whisk to make sure the mixture has a smooth consistency, without any lumps.
- If you’re using CBD oil, add in a couple of drops in now and make sure to stir it in with the other ingredients.
- Next, add the eggs/aquafaba and vanilla extract. We recommend adding them in one at a time, whilst constantly stirring or whisking.
- Finally, you can sieve in the flour whilst whisking to make sure the mixture stays silky smooth and glossy.
- Pour the mixture into the baking tray, making sure the batter comes out to the edges by smoothing it down with the back of a spoon.
- If you’re adding anything extra, now is the time to do it. You can add in dollops of nut butters or Biscoff spread and use the spoon to swirl them into the mixture.
- Bake your CBD brownies for 25 to 30 minutes. Usually, you can use a clean butter knife or skewer to tell if it’s baked but as brownies tend to be a bit on the gooey side, it’s unlikely that the knife will come out completely clean – it might be a little wet but it shouldn’t be covered in brownie batter. You’re looking for a firm but fudgy texture so when you think they’re baked, you can give the tray a wiggle to make sure the centre is solid. If the brownie mixture is wiggling back at you, it’s not ready. The top of the brownie should be slightly cracked too. Avoid leaving it in too long as it will become dry and crumbly.
- When you’re confident that they’re baked through, you can take your brownies out of the oven. Leave them to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan.
- To remove them, use the parchment paper handles on each side to gently lift the brownies out of the baking tray. Place them on a large plate or chopping board.
- Pop the brownies into the fridge for 30 minutes to make sure they’re cold before cutting with a sharp knife. This will make sure you get sharp, neat portions.
- Pop the brownies in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm them up before serving.
Shake Things Up
As we mentioned, one of the reasons why we love making our own CBD brownies recipe is because you can customise it to your heart’s content. You can add in just as much or as little CBD as you want, making sure it fits in with your ideal dosage.
Equally, you can jazz things up by adding extra ingredients. You can add in homemade nut butters, spreads or chunks of salted caramel if you fancy. Or, you can even add in chocolate chips or chopped up pretzels!
Alternatively, you can make your own homemade (and vegan-friendly) ice cream to go on top. You can find our favourite recipes right here. You can stick with the classic vanilla ice cream or you can opt for the salted caramel ice cream if you really want to impress your dinner guests. Or, you can also use the salted caramel sauce we used to flavour our ice cream as a topping for your CBD brownie recipe, without the ice cream, if that’s more your speed.
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