Terpene Sugar Cookies
Welcome to the 12 days of cannabis infused Christmas cookies!
We'll be making 12 different holiday treats that can be medicated with marijuana for relaxing, stress-free holidays. These recipes are perfect for cannabis because the flavors and ingredients have been developed to pair perfectly with the flavors of marijuana.
So - Lemon Pepper Sugar cookies. Limonene is present in many sativa strains of cannabis and has an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety effect. Limonene makes us happy, so when cannabis has a distinctive citrus smell, there is a lot of limonene in the flower.
Caryophyllene is another popular terpene, and it smells strongly of - you guessed it - black pepper. Caryophyllene is relaxing and sedative, so when a strain has high levels of caryophyllene, we expect it feel like an indica.
These cookies are amazing - sweet and crispy with a kick of flavor, but if you don't love black pepper, skip it. Add an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract and keep the lemon zest for a lovely and delicious Vanilla Lemon cookie. Cloves and vanilla also make a lovely spiced cookie without the kick of black pepper, and I've made these with cardamom for a baby shower (unmedicated). Use lavender and extra vanilla for a bedtime cookie.
This basic sugar cookie recipe, and we'll get fancier with other cookies. But this recipe is perfect for sprinkles and cutouts for Christmas cookies. Feel free to roll dough into a log and freeze. Then, slice and bake when the cookie craving hits. Roll out with a rolling pin to cut out dough into shapes.
This recipe makes about 30 cookies and needs 1 stick of butter. If you make cannabutter with 3.5 grams of cannabis flower and 1 stick of butter, each cookie will have around 10-15 milligrams. If you use one gram of CO2 oil or other concentrate, expect 20-25 milligrams in each cookie.
For 30-40 mg cookies, make a half cup of clean, lovely cannabutter with a citrusy sativa limonene strain. Then, add a gram of caryophyllene heavy concentrate to the cookie dough. Blending anti-depressant terpenes with sedating terpenes results in a happy, social, relaxed high.
LEMON PEPPER SUGAR COOKIES
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons packed, finely grated Meyer lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/4 cup) cannabutter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and zest.
2. In another mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar for several minutes. If infusing cookies with concentrate, add it now.
3. Add egg and vanilla and beat well until blended. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients and mix until just blended.
4. On a clean, dry work surface, sprinkle a bit of flour and turn out dough from the bowl. Roll into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (dough will stay in fridge for up to 3 days).
5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut 1/4 inch slices of dough and place on baking sheets.
6. Bake for 6 minutes, then rotate baking sheets and bake for 6 more. Cookies are finished when the edges are crispy and the center is firm but still soft.
7. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for a week or two.
Feel free to add icing, sprinkles or colored sugars for decoration.
If you have any questions about cannabis infused Christmas cookies, leave them in the comments.