3 of the Most Comforting Cannabis Edible Recipes for the Holidays

There’s just something about the holidays. They can be so stressful! Whether it’s the shopping, wrapping, decorating, socializing, cleaning, or card-sending, Christmas and the rest of the holiday season can sometimes make medical issues worse.

Of course, there’s always plenty to be thankful for during the holidays — including baking favorite treats that help you relax and smile. When you follow medicinal cannabis recipes for Christmas, you’re able to get those nostalgic holiday tastes and aromas with the benefits of marijuana. 

Traditional recipes like German Christmas stollen and new twists like Chocolate Spice Swirls may be worth sharing — or keeping all to yourself. Whether you’re new to cannabis recipes for Christmas or a long-time baker, it’s always fun to try and create new memories with edible holiday treats. 

Ready to bake? To get started, you need to prepare some cannabutter.

 

How to Prepare Cannabutter

To make the chemical compounds in cannabis active in an edible baked good, you first need it to undergo a simple process known as decarboxylation. 

You’ll need about one ounce of VidaCann flower or raw cannabis — the type you may already enjoy by smoking or vaping. If you plan to use other VidaCann products, like tinctures, you can skip this step and just add enough based on the number of servings listed in the following cannabis recipes for Christmas.

Start by preheating your oven to 245 degrees F. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper and add your cannabis buds in a single layer. Let it bake for about 35 minutes or a little less, depending on how dry it is to start. Shake your tray a few times while it’s in the oven so it dries evenly. Once it’s done and cooled, grind it well.

You’ll also need about one pound of unsalted butter. Melt it in a saucepan over low heat. You may want to add water — less than a cup of water at most — to keep it from burning. Add your ground cannabis to the butter and stir well. Simmer but don’t let boil for about two hours. Turn off the heat and let your butter cool slightly.

To get out the bitter and fibrous materials, use a cheesecloth-lined funnel over a jar. Slowly pour your butter in and let it strain. Refrigerate and use it wisely. If you have some butter left after making a batch of baked goods and aren’t planning to put it in anything soon, freeze it  until you’re ready to bake another one of these cannabis recipes for Christmas again. 

 

Chocolate Spice Spirals 

 

Ingredients

Dough

3/4 c. cannabutter

1 c. granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

 

Paste

2 tbsp. cannabutter

1/4 c. granulated sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

 

Icing

1 c. confectioners’ sugar

2 tbsp. Milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions

Beat 3/4 c. butter and 1 c. sugar, then add in the egg and vanilla. Sift together all dry ingredients, except for the 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and mix in with the cannabutter mixture.  

Separate mixture into two parts and roll both until quarter-inch thick. Combine the remaining cannabutter, sugar, and cinnamon into a paste and spread over the top of both thin dough rectangles. Slowly roll up both dough pieces so you have two logs. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill the logs in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. To complete the shape, slice the logs into half-inch pieces and place swirl-size up on parchment-lined trays. Bake for 10 minutes, or until browned. You can decorate them with icing if you’d like.

 

German Christmas Stollen

 

Ingredients

Dough

1 c. almond milk, room temperature

3 tsp. active dry yeast

1/2 c. granulated sugar

4 c. flour

1 egg + 2 egg yolks

3/4 c. cannabutter, room temperature

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Zest of lemon

1 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. ground cardamom

3/4 tsp. ground mace

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

 

Filling

8–10 oz. mixture of raisins, currants, or other dried fruit

6 oz. diced candied citrus peel

3 oz. sliced almonds, chopped

1/3 c. brandy

 

Glaze

1 stick regular unsalted butter, melted

Powdered sugar

 

Directions

Combine all ingredients for the filling and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine yeast, 2 tsp. of sugar, and milk until it bubbles. In another large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients for the dough, except the marzipan. Then add the yeast mixture. Knead for about 10 minutes, then move to an oiled bowl and cover for an hour, or until it doubles in size. 

Punch down dough and add the fruit. Knead until combined, then cut dough in half. Put on lined baking sheets and let rest for another hour. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden. 

While warm, poke the bread with a toothpick and then drizzle generously with regular butter. Dust generously with powdered sugar. If not eating immediately, wrap in plastic and freeze.

 

Canna-Brownie Bailey’s Stars

 

Ingredients

1/2 c. cannabutter, melted

1 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

1/2 c. Bailey’s Irish Cream

1.5 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. chopped nuts

1 tsp. espresso powder

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13” pan. Combine all wet ingredients in one bowl. Then combine the dry ingredients before mixing both into each other. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is dry. 

Once cooled, use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut the brownies into stars. Dust with powdered sugar for that snowy, holiday look. Use the leftover pieces as a topping for vanilla ice cream sundaes or mixed with granola, berries, and yogurt.

 

Need Cannabis for Your Christmas Recipes?

VidaCann is one of the largest retail suppliers of medical cannabis in Florida. Customers can also order their products online through the VidaCann website. Along with the raw cannabis flower in these recipes, you can also browse a wide range of medical cannabis products including pre-rolls, tinctures, capsules, concentrates, syringes, topicals, and vaporizers.

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