I have never met a shortbread cookie I didn’t like. I am, however, particularly fond of the ones I just made. They are infused with cannabis, and add form and function to great taste. I eat one about an hour before bedtime and it absolutely helps me to sleep through the night. The effects will differ depending on the strain of flower(s) you choose to cook with.

For this recipe, I used butter that I infused with about 15 grams of hybrid after-vaped-product or AVP. This amount is a personal preference. Some may choose more or less. After vaped product is the ‘spent’ cannabis that you are left with after vaping. It should be the colour of tobacco. More than likely there is still up to 30% of the cannabinoids and terpenes left in it. After every vape session, I empty my vaporizer into a sealed mason jar for use when making edibles or topicals.

An added bonus is that there is no need to decarb AVP before cooking with it, as the vaping heat has already decarbed the flower.

If you are fortunate enough to have a Magical Butter Machine, all you need do is add your 2 cups of room temperature butter to your 15 grams of AVP, pick a duration and temperature on the machines settings and walk away until the cannabis has infused the butter. I set the time for 2 hours, and the temperature to 160F.

If you do not have a magical butter machine, you can infuse the butter in a crockpot. Set the crockpot on high until it gets to about 220F degrees (use a thermometer to keep temperatures in this range. Higher temps may compromise some of the medicinal compounds). Once it has reached 220F, switch to the low setting for 4-6 hours.

(Note: again, we are using AVP that has  been already decarbed through the vaping process)

After you have infused the butter, then used a strainer or cheesecloth to remove all of the plant matter from the butter. Now it’s ready to cook with!


2 cups cannabutter (infused with AVP so not as strong as fresh decarbed flower)

3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup confectioners sugar

Handful of green maraschino cherries – quartered.


Heat oven to 275 F.

In a large bowl whip the butter alone for a couple minutes until airy.

Add all other ingredients, beat with electric mixer for another 6 minutes minimum until light and fluffy.

Spoon dough onto parchment covered cookie sheets – leaving a couple inches of space in between.

(You may choose to refrigerate the dough for a few minutes or so to make it easier to work with.)

Flatten cookies with a fork that was dipped in confectioners sugar. Press a small piece of green maraschino cherry onto each cookie to add to the holiday look, and to indicate that these cookies are medicated.

Bake for 30-35 minutes at 275F. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. One cooled, store in airtight container. Separate layers with parchment paper.

Keep out of reach of pet and children!

Other options for baking with cannabis include getting flower from your licensed producer that you would then have to have to decarb. There are budget-friendly strain selections like MedReleaf’s hybrid Solveris at $2.50 a gram, or Broken Coast indica or sativa tips at just over $4/gram.

Another savvy choice to use in baking would be Emblem’s Maker Mix in Indica, Sativa or Hybrid for average of $6/gr. This product is already decarboxylated (decarbed) for you, so no need to heat in oven before using.

Remember the edible basics:

  1. Edibles will not be legally accessed through licensed producers until next fall, presumably. Learning to make your own is a process, but not a difficult one.
  2. The THC in edibles is converted in your digestive tract and liver. Depending on how you personally metabolize THC, you may experience muted effects to very strong effects,  always do a taste test with a small amount before you eat a whole cookie! Make sure you set timer to wait at least two hours before judging strength as it takes that long to feel the full effects. Why can edibles be so strong? Because when you ingest THC through the digestive tract, the metabolites created include 11 Hydroxy THC. This metabolite can be far stronger than cannabis ingested through your lungs. For instance,10 mg of inhaled cannabis will have a much different effect  than 10 mg of ingested product. Add to this, one person’s liver may convert that 10 mg differently than another. A small portion of the population will not feel much effect at all. Never has the adage ‘start low and go slow’ been more important than with edibles, as the effect can be far stronger and last far longer than inhaled cannabis. (A cautionary tale: You could have an uncomfortable time if you have overindulged with edibles. Keep in mind that rest and time will cure all, but if you are nervous about the effects from edibles, remember that the non impairing cannabinoid CBD can help bring down psycho-activity from THC. Always have some on hand to vape if you feel you’ve ingested too much, or consider adding CBD to your cookie recipe.)

A final reminder: make sure you don’t leave these medicated shortbread cookies out for Santa. He may just happily nod off in front of the fireplace.

Happy Holidays!


— Kait Shane, Community Outreach Educator Natural Health Services. Follow Natural Health Services on Twitter @NatHealthserve.

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