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I've been called "classy" by my smoker friends since I'm an edibles-only girl. On top of that, I've always been a baker. Then I went to college.
That's where I learned to become a different kind of baker.
It was actually quite amusing; the first time I made edibles for a get-together of friends, one of my friends who had already toked a fair amount staggered up the stairs from the basement into the kitchen. He saw all my various baking supplies strewn about the counter—the special butter, cocoa powder, brown sugar, flower, eggs—and an expression of pure wonder came upon his face.
"You're making... cookies? With like... flour and stuff?"
Even my less high friends were shocked and amazed that I was putting effort into the edibles, rather than just digging an old box of instant brownie mix out of the closet. Their reactions weren't quite as funny though.
If you want to hide the taste of weed in edibles and make some truly enjoyable treats, here are a few ways you can.
First things first—get some baking supplies.
If you don't have a lot of baking supplies, never fear; you can stock your kitchen with everything you need relatively cheaply. I highly recommend getting a cookie sheet with a cooling rack. If your only cookie sheets are your mom's old, stained ones, getting a new set with some fresh nonstick coating will make your life a lot easier.
When you're making special baked goods, you may as well splurge on that cooling rack. It'll help the bottoms of your cookies not end up burnt from sitting on the hot baking sheet for a long while after you take them out of the oven.
Chewy cookies (my absolute favorite) are a great vessel for your marijuana edibles. If you haven't made a ton of cookies from scratch, here's a tip; let them sit for about 60 seconds after taking them out of the oven. If they don't want to come off the baking sheet easily, gently place your fingers on them and give the cookie a little spin. If it's cool enough, it'll pop right off.
Bake from scratch. Don't use instant boxes.
Here's the thing about those instant brownie and cake mixes. You can only modify the recipe so much before you interfere with the integrity of the sweets.
For the love of all things holy, grab your phone, and Google a recipe for your favorite baked treat. Making baked goods from scratch isn't nearly as hard as people would lead you to believe. You can make delicious marijuana edibles that'll beat your friends' weed brownies bar none.
Let's be real; even in Amsterdam, if you buy a brownie or a space cake, it just doesn't taste very good. You eat it for the end result, but edibles don't have to be a means to an end. They can be a delicious, delicious journey.
For more savory recipes, you can nab yourself a special cookbook.
If you're not so much a sweets person and you would like to experiment with savory meals (and not just baked goods), High Times released a cookbook not too long ago with a fun mix of meal and dessert recipes.
This book has a huge array of recipes that will hide the taste of cannabis in your food. It's nice to have a good, old fashioned, physical cookbook around. Plus, there's no denying it, having this on your bookshelf will get the attention of your friends. There's an art to every recipe for marijuana edibles in this title.
Always use concentrate in the kitchen.
When you're making a batch of THC infused treats, concentrates are key. There are different types of concentrates and they all have different levels of strength, but they will usually pack a solid punch.
The most common mistake people make when preparing edibles is to neglect the importance of decarboxylation.
It can take a while to decarb your weed to make premium edibles, but it's well worth the effort. My personal favorite agent to host the concentrated THC is butter. You can use it for sweets, savories, and, let's be real, all good baked goods require butter. Frankly, the best baked goods will usually have a ton of it.
I'm going to focus on sweet baked goods, but you can branch out and use your very special butter for mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or even to create a sauce to go over a steak.
Back to sweets—peanut butter will hold your hand and guide you from the darkness.
Speaking of bold flavors, peanut butter is another great option if you're a little bit less of a chocoholic than my friends.
I've got two options for you. There's a recipe from Reese's to make chewy chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips that is to die for. Plus, it calls for a lot of butter, so it's literally perfect to make with cannabis oil. I know that a recipe from a big, corporate entity might not seem like the most chill thing in the world, but trust me, these are damn good cookies.
Alternatively, if you prefer a more classic option—peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a peanut butter base in the cookie—will also lessen the taste of cannabis in your finished edible. That's the beauty of baking from scratch; you can just modify any recipe that calls for butter.
You can always unleash your inner chocoholic.
When cooking a recipe for your edibles, pick recipes with strong flavors. For example, sugar cookies are not going to hide the taste of weed very well. It's a mild cookie, and you're going to get a very strong taste of cannabis with your first bite because of it.
If you've ever thought about making double chocolate cookies—or if you're feeling really sinful, triple chocolate cookies—now is the time.
If your dough is flavored with cocoa powder and you use chocolate chips together too, they'll have a strong enough flavor to mask your more elicit ingredients. From there, why not tip your cookies in melted chocolate so they have a chocolate shell? Might as well put that cooling tray to work.
If you want to get more creative, you can try making THC infused candy.
Fun fact—with the right melting chocolate, it's really easy to make truffles, cake-pops, and just about any candy you can imagine. If you're feeling really adventurous, you can also try making homemade chocolate cheesecake. For this recipe, you'd want to use your cannabis oil either by melting it into a chocolate coating or melting it in the cake recipe itself. There's sure to be enough chocolate to ensure it doesn't taste like cannabis if you go this route.
Ultimately, strong flavors are your friends. If you're not in the mood for chocolate or peanut butter, caramel can be a big game changer too. If you want to get really adventurous, you can also use toffee. Any of these options are guaranteed to hide the taste of weed in your next batch of edibles, providing you a delicious treat that you can can enjoy times over.