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How to Make Savory-Sweet Cannabis-Rosemary Shortbread Cookies

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For an herbaceous twist on traditional Christmas cookies, this classy cannabis shortbread recipe strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory.

When baking cannabis-infused sugar cookies, I’ve always noticed how the grassy taste of herb stands out in such a simple recipe, even when covered in icing. Since discovering this savory shortbread recipe from Martha Stewart, I’ve shifted towards infusing cannabis into foods where it complements the existing flavors, instead of overwhelming them. Combining the cannabis with rosemary allows the herbaceous flavors to blend nicely, making this flaky, dense cookie deliciously different.

Loaded with butter, shortbread also offers plenty of opportunities for THC molecules to latch onto the body’s lipids, their favorite fatty friends. You can introduce the THC into these cookies by combining a stick of melted butter with one gram of cannabis flower in a Mason jar in order to make a simple infusion, and estimate your THC potency based on the strength of your weed.

If you’re using a lab-tested cannabis cultivar with 20 percent THC, one gram of flower would yield a potential 200 milligrams of THC. When infusing the cannabis into the butter, though you’re activating THC, some is also being lost as it evaporates or converts into other cannabinoids like CBN. Estimate that 70 percent of the THC remains in the infused butter, or about 140 milligrams. This recipe yields 24 cookies, so each one would have a maximum of about five to six milligrams of THC. Don’t forget to wait two hours after eating a cookie to feel its effects, and then decide it you’d like to have more.

Rosemary contains pinene, a terpene also found within cannabis that’s responsible for the unmistakable aroma of fresh pine needles. Hence, a cannabis cultivar high in pinene, such as In the Pines, would be fitting choice to infuse into these cookies in order to further harmonize the flavors. For this recipe, I don’t decarboxylate (that is, heat up) the cannabis before infusion because of how toasting affects the taste, but if you’d like to increase the potency of your cookies, toast the flower for 30 minutes at 240ºF before infusing into the butter.

The dough for this recipe can still be shaped using a cookie cutter, making these cookies a wonderful, rustic option for holiday festivities. Pair this Cannabis-Rosemary Shortbread with fine aged sharp cheddar and glazed nuts for a sophisticated holiday dessert plate.

Cannabis-Rosemary Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Yield 24 cookies (5−6 mg of THC each)

Ingredients

1 stick of butter, plus extra

1 gram of cannabis flower, broken up

14 cup all-purpose flour

12 cup walnuts, ground finely

2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

12 tsp salt

14 cup brown sugar

14 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Equipment: 8 oz. Mason jar with lid, cheesecloth, parchment paper, rolling pin and cannabis leaf cookie cutter

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