I’d wager a good portion of 14-64 year old humans ask “Is there weed in here?” when handed a homemade brownie. So ubiquitous are THC-laded chocolatey treats that this buddy comedy fuel is often people’s first foray into edible cannabis. (Likely attributable to chocolate’s powers of covering up nearly any unpleasant taste.) Too-strong brownies sometimes carry the deep bitterness of raw marijuana, but with the right proportions you can make a brownie that’s as delicious as it is dastardly.
Some bakers opt for chocolate ganache while others are in love with the cocoa (powder). Both will give you moist and gooey brownies on their own, but combining the two makes them addictively fudgey and, pot or not, they stand alone. Brownies bake up like an extra-dense cake, and both the pan and the baking time dictate the degree of fudge you end up with. A big wide pan will give you a thick chewy result, whereas smaller portioned pans will bake up super fast and gain height.
To make Perfect Pot Brownies, we invoke a slightly more luxe version of King Arthur Flour’s recipe. I like this one because it’s well-tested by professional recipe developers, but forgiving if you want to make tweaks, which we are going to do to max out the fudge factor. Make your butter in advance and store it in the freezer, thawing before use. You can make it the day of, just make sure to give yourself three hours of butter prepping time before you intend to start baking.
Prepare Cannabis Infused Butter
Total newbies and novices to cannabis baking can rejoice that in 2017 you don’t have to dig deep in the annals of the internet to find some rando’s horrifying attempt from 1996. “Heritage” recipes lean toward the coma-inducingly strong, which most people truly do not find to be a good time. Between devices like The Magical Butter Machine and Levo you can leave (most) of the guesswork to a device and come out with a consistent product to your exact specifications.
The best method for smaller batches of infusions is a Lifehacker classic: sous vide. Simply seal up one stick of butter with an eighth of mid-to-high grade finely ground and decarboxylated bud, and heat at 170℉ or 160℉ for an hour or two. Shorter cook times give you more of the early cannabinoids like CBD and THC, as well as preserve the terpenes that give each strain its unique smell and taste. Longer cook times provide sleepier butter that has more CBN, known for couch lock, not to be ignored if you suffer from insomnia.