DIY Recipe: Cannabis-Infused Sugar Cookies

by HelloMD

Sugar cookies have a long and rich history that can be traced back to the mid-1700s. Created by German Protestant settlers in the municipality of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, these round, crumbly, buttery cookies were an instant hit. Originally known as Nazareth cookies, sugar cookies gained in popularity due to their simplicity and sweetness. Today, sugar cookies are a holiday staple for cookie lovers everywhere.


Of course, you can buy sugar cookies at the store, but if you’re so inclined, you can follow this easy recipe to make these cannabis cookies at home. Learning how to make sugar cookies from scratch is a great pastime and can enhance the tasting experience. If you want to make the cookies more healthy and wholesome, you can easily modify the recipe ingredients.

One way to modify the recipe is to use marijuana-infused butter, or cannabutter, instead of regular butter. Baking with cannabutter is one of the easiest ways to reap the medicinal benefits of marijuana. People with chronic pain often prefer eating medical marijuana as it tends to produce stronger, longer-lasting effects. This means that they don’t have to consume marijuana as often.


Without further ado, here’s a simple recipe incorporating medical marijuana into sugar cookies. (If time is short, use ready-made frosting. It’s just as delicious as homemade frosting and makes decorating cookies a cinch.)

Ingredients for Cannabis-Infused Sugar Cookies

Makes 24 cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cannabutter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

Ingredients for Cannabis-Infused Sugar Cookie Frosting

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup of shortening
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1–2 tsp cannabutter
  • A few drops of food coloring

How to Make Cannabis-Infused Sugar Cookies

  1. To make the cookies, beat the eggs, sugar, cannabutter and vanilla extract in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the cannabutter mixture little by little, stirring slowly and continuously until all of the ingredients are incorporated and the mixture becomes a smooth dough.
  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Covering the dough with plastic wrap helps prevent the dough from drying out and forming a skin.
  5. Remove dough from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. Tip the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface and roll until It’s approximately 1/3-inch thick.
  7. Cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters.
  8. Place cookies 1-inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 10–12 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  10. Remove the cannabis cookies from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  11. To frost, combine the sugar and shortening in a large bowl until smooth.
  12. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until the desired consistency is reached. Consider adding 1–2 teaspoons of cannabutter to thicken runny frosting and increase the potency of the cookies.
  13. Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired.
  14. Spread the frosting evenly over the cookies using a butter knife or spreader.

Tip: For less potent cannabis cookies, substitute any portion of the cannabutter with regular butter in this recipe.

Cannabis-infused sugar cookies are quick and easy to make. They make the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. If not eating immediately, store the marijuana cookies in an airtight container, layered between parchment paper, and either refrigerate or freeze.

Photo credit: Mischelle

If you’re new to cannabis and want to learn more, take a look at our Cannabis 101 post. HelloMD can help you get your medical marijuana recommendation; it's easy, private and 100% online.