Three Easy Cannabutter Cookie Recipes

The regulated recreational cannabis market feels like a real society high when you can just waltz into a dispensary and purchase prepackaged edible treats. For those who’ve been making their own DIY weed brownies since before the dawn of legalization, however, getting in the kitchen to work with some cannabutter can be a fun, nostalgic activity. Not to mention a cost-effective way to stock up on edible goodies! Here are three simple cannabutter cookie recipes for you to enjoy.

Before you do any baking, your first step is to make the most important ingredient—cannabutter! They wouldn’t be pot cookies if they didn’t have cannabutter in them. For this you’ll need however many sticks of butter your recipes call for plus a little extra, and a gram of ground up cannabis—stems and all!—per tablespoon. Of course, your butter to shake ratio is entirely up to you.

Conventional wisdom says to place a frying pan on low heat and melt your bud into the butter, but our pro tip is to throw your butter and herb into a crockpot. Using a crockpot allows the THC to leech out into the butter over a long period of several hours without supervision. This method for making homemade cannabutter poses a lower risk of burning the THC and is far less demanding of your attention.

When you put butter and some ground shake and stems into a crockpot and place it on low heat, it can process for anywhere from two to eight hours depending on the strength you are trying to achieve. Just give it an occasional stir to keep it from sticking to the sides; and when you’re ready to strain it, put it through a fine mesh strainer or some cheese cloth. Once it’s had a bit of time to cool off, you’ll be ready to make some cannabutter cookies.

The three recipes below are creative spins on prepackaged cookie mixes. In a perfect world we would all be the Julia Child of cannabutter and bake edibles entirely from scratch. Whether you’re strapped for time, low on pantry space or just plain bad at baking, these foolproof cannabutter cookie recipes will save you time and make your friends think you’re super gourmet. It’s not like anyone has to know the cookies came from a box! Just make sure the box calls for a stick of butter and not oil.

Lemon Lavender


  • 1 package sugar cookie mix
  • 1 stick cannabutter (½ cup melted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 TBS lavender
  • 1 TBS almond extract
  • 1 TBS lemon zest
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract

Having a hard time letting go of summer? Keep the sunny season alive for a little while longer with these tangy and floral lemon lavender cannabutter cookies! Lemon and lavender is a delicious flavor combination in and of itself, and it’s incredibly complementary when paired with cannabutter. Plus, if you’re in the Portland area, chances are high you can walk outside your front door and find some lavender to forage within a quarter-mile radius. Just mix the ingredients together in one bowl and follow the baking instructions on the back of the box. Top with a few sugar crystals for an added touch of sweetness.

Pumpkin Cinnamon


  • 1 package sugar cookie mix
  • 1 stick cannabutter (½ cup melted)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • Nutmeg and cinnamon to taste

Did you read the first sentence of the lemon lavender recipe and immediately think, “Team fall forever!” as you sipped on a pumpkin spice latte in your Uggs? Summer isn’t everyone’s bag, and pumpkins are just starting to have their annual moment of widespread popularity. But regardless of where your seasonal preferences lie, it’s hard to deny the natural synergy between pumpkin, cinnamon and cannabutter. Follow the instructions on the box for baking, but keep a close watch. Because this dough will be a little wetter, you’ll probably want to let them bake for a little longer than the recommended time.

Double Chocolate Mocha


  • 1 package chocolate chocolate chip cookie mix
  • 1 stick cannabutter (½ cup melted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS ground coffee
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

Cookies make for a great dessert, but have you ever had a breakfast cookie? This sweet and caffeinated flavor combination is reminiscent of the $5 chocolate mocha you used to drink before you crossed the threshold into adulthood and started opting for $2 drip liquid sludge. Just steer clear if you’re looking to nosh before bedtime! In fact, these might be best suited for a post-breakfast treat on your day off. The sweetness of the white and milk chocolate chips in tandem with the nutty bitterness of the ground coffee pair wonderfully with the cannabutter flavor. Follow instructions on the back of the box and keep watch so as to not burn the bottoms!

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