How to Make Cannabis Brownies

by Sean Cooley
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Once the cornerstone of the cannabis edibles tradition, brownies continue to be a top-tier choice of baked good when making edibles at home. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make cannabis brownies, starting with a list of most kitchen items and all the ingredients you’ll need for both cannabutter and the brownies themselves. Happy baking!

Kitchen items you will need

  • Cooking pot
  • Grinder
  • Wooden spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatulas
  • Strainer/colander
  • Thermometer
  • Cheesecloth
  • Chilling container with lid
  • Storage container with lid
  • 8 x 8 square baking pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Whisk (optional)
  • Cookie sheet (optional)


Cannabis should undergo decarboxylation before it is consumed (or upon consumption, if you’re smoking or vaping) to release the full potency of THC. Many people say this requires baking it for an hour at 200 degrees Fahrenheit, but others tell you that, since the cannabis will be mixed with water and butter at around that temperature for several hours, pre-decarbing is unnecessary. If you choose to decarb ahead of time, simply spread the cannabis on a cookie sheet and bake it for about an hour at 200 degrees. Otherwise, skip directly to the next step.

Cannabutter ingredients

  • 1 ounce or more of ground cannabis
  • 1 stick or more of salted butter
  • 2 cups or more of water

Note: You need about one ounce of cannabis for every stick of butter. The amount of water you use will be determined by the size of your cooking pot, as you need to make sure the butter stays at least one or two inches from the bottom of the pan on top of the water.

Use an herb grinder to finely grind your cannabis. Add at least 3 inches of water to the cooking pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and add in your stick(s) of salted butter. Once the butter melts, gently stir in your ground cannabis. Use your thermometer to make sure the temperature stays at around 200 degrees. Allow it to infuse on simmer for about 3 hours, adding small amounts of water as necessary to maintain the butter one inch or more above the bottom of the pot.

After the three hours are up, turn off the heat, move the pan off the burner and allow the mixture to cool for 30 – 45 minutes. Place the colander over the chilling container and line it with cheesecloth. Carefully pour the melted water and butter into the colander, using a spatula to scrape the pan of any remaining melted butter. When the pan is empty, set it aside and carefully grab the edges of the cheesecloth. Lift the cloth out of the strainer and set the strainer aside. Wrap the top of the cheesecloth around the strained cannabis and liquid. Squeeze the cheesecloth to remove all excess moisture and oil. Discard the cheesecloth and its contents.

Cover the container and place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Use a mixing bowl filled with warm water, and submerge the chilling container for about one minute to loosen the edges of the cannabis butter. Remove the container from the bowl of water and pour out the water. Remove the lid from the chilling container and gently pour the liquid out of the chilling container into the mixing bowl until only the disk of the cannabutter remains.

Pat the cannabis butter dry with paper towels, if desired. Transfer the cannabutter into the storage container. It can now be used as a one-to-one substitute in any recipe that calls for regular butter. Use it to make the brownie recipe listed below.

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Cannabis Brownies Ingredients:

  • 5 T cannabutter
  • ½ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • ½ C granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 C chocolate syrup
  • ¾ – 1 C self-rising flour
  • 1/3 C pecan pieces (optional)

For cake-like brownies, add 2 eggs, or substitute one Tablespoon of cocoa and two Tablespoons of sugar mixed with enough water to make ⅓ Cup mixture.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Start by placing the cannabis butter and the chocolate chips in a microwave safe mixing bowl. Heat them, 30 seconds at a time and stir in between until the chips and butter are mostly melted. Some pieces should still remain. Mix them together, stirring until smooth.

Next, add in your sugar, followed by your cocoa. Once that is incorporated, slowly add the chocolate syrup, mixing well. Blend in the egg until combined. Add in the flour, ¼ cup at a time, until fully mixed. If using pecans, gently fold them in.

Spread the brownie batter into a greased 8 x 8 baking pan. Bake for approximately 20 – 25 minutes. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted one inch from the edge comes out.

Staying safe while enjoying edibles is important. Review edible dosing information before indulging in your delicious homemade weed brownies.

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