Weed brownies have a storied history in cannabis culture. Some of the most famous weed brownies ever concocted came out of Brownie Mary's kitchen. Mary Jane Rathbun a.k.a. Brownie Mary was a medical cannabis rights activist who became known for baking and distributing weed brownies to HIV/AIDS patients in San Francisco. At the height of the AIDS crisis, she was a volunteer in the AIDS ward at the San Francisco General Hospital, baking nearly 600 brownies a day to give to AIDS patients to help ease their suffering, increase their appetite, and slow their high-speed metabolic weight loss.
Today, there are many medical cannabis patients who still use baked goods as medicine, and plenty of others who enjoy consuming weed edibles like brownies as a safer alternative to alcohol. Brownies are one of the easiest baked goods to experiment with — they're almost impossible to mess up, and you can add all sorts of ingredients to develop your perfect brownie bite.
The reason brownies work so well with weed is because cannabinoids like THC and CBD bond to the fat in the oil or butter in brownies. If you make a batch of cannabutter ahead of time, you can simply substitute it for regular butter in any brownie recipe. Check out our Easy Cannabutter Recipes and Tips! In the recipes below, we suggest using both regular butter and cannabutter — but if you want to make super-duper potent brownies, you can substitute weed butter for all the regular butter. Just remember, when you're eating them, go low and slow, as the onset time for cannabis edibles can be anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
Here are 3 very tasty versions of weed brownies made with cannabutter. Experiment with your own twists on these, and let us know how they turn out in the comments!
Traditional Chocolate And Macadamia Nut Weed Brownie
You Will Need:
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 6 eggs (cold)
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups brown sugar
- 3 tbs cannabutter
- 3 sticks unsalted butter
- ½ cup macadamia nuts
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9' x 13' baking dish with parchment paper.
In a medium-size saucepan, melt the bittersweet chocolate, cannabutter, and butter on low, stirring frequently until the ingredients are completely melted and thoroughly mixed. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Beat with a hand mixer or whisk until completely mixed. Add the cooled chocolate and cannabutter mixture, and whisk once again until all is smooth and creamy.
Add in the salt, cocoa powder, flour, and chocolate chips one at a time. Mix until all is consistent.
Pour into the baking pan. Cook for 25 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if brownies are done. If the toothpick comes out clean, they are ready.
Cut into 16 squares and cool before eating.
The Blondie Weed Brownie
The blondie is a cousin to a regular chocolate brownie, and they are delicious. Adding weed to the recipe makes them all that much better! Blondies are made with caramel and brown sugar and give you a great thin-layered, crispy crunch. Throw in extra ingredients like nuts, dried fruit, or even booze to give them more flair.
You will need:
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 large egg (cold)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 6 tbs unsalted butter
- 2 tbs cannabutter
- Optional ingredients:
- ½ tsp flavoring extract (almond, rum, coconut, etc)
- ½ cup of shredded coconut
- ½ cup of dried fruit
- ¼ liquor
- ½ cup of chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
Line a medium-sized deep baking pan with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, blend the cannabutter, unsalted butter, and brown sugar until smooth.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and blend.
Add the flour and any extra ingredients you've chosen. Blend one more time.
Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Stick a toothpick into the batter at 20 minutes. If the toothpick comes out clean, they're ready. If not, bake 5 more minutes.
Allow the blondies to cool for 5 minutes if you like warm and chewy blondies. The pan should yield 16 pieces when cut into squares.
S'mores Weed Brownie
You Will Need:
- 8 ounces chopped milk chocolate
- 4 graham crackers
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs (cold)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup light vegetable oil
- ¼ cup cannabutter
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a deep, medium-sized baking dish with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl blend eggs, vanilla extract, sea salt, brown sugar, and baking powder until they are smooth.
Add in the flour, cannabutter, cocoa powder, and vegetable oil. Blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.
While the brownie mix is baking, in a separate mixing bowl break the graham crackers into small pieces, and mix with the marshmallows and chopped milk chocolate.
Remove the brownies from the oven and evenly sprinkle the graham cracker mixture over the top of the brownies.
Return the brownies to the oven and bake for an additional 15 – 20 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if brownies are done. If the toothpick comes out clean, they are ready.
Remove from the oven and allow the brownies to cool before you cut them into 16 squares.