Move over, Alice B. Toklas, a newer, tastier, and more powerful CBD brownie recipe has hit town, and we have it here for you! For those not familiar with Alice B. Toklas, she was the lifelong partner of writer Gertrude Stein (of “A rose is a rose is a rose” fame) who wrote a famous cookbook (entitled “The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book”) which included a recipe for “Haschich Fudge” (a misnomer, as the recipe called for cannabis, not hashish); this naughty confection from Paris of the 1930s earned an underground revival of interest in the 1960s when cannabis was making its infamous presence known and enjoyed among America’s younger generation.
Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownies
First off, this recipe is incredibly versatile, as it can be prepared as a vegan or standard sweet treat, good for day or night. As you preview the ingredients, acceptable vegan substitutes are offered for typically nonvegan items.
Freshness Note: Because no dairy products are used in the vegan version of the recipe, you can store these in the fridge for weeks and they will remain just as tasty and effective as when they came out of the oven.
- ½ cup CBD-infused coconut oil (combine with or substitute Delta 8-infused coconut oil for more oomph)
- ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (Vegan alternative: chocolate made with cocoa butter and cane sugar)
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup milk (Vegan alternative: Hemp milk is a natural substitute)
- 2 tablespoons brewed coffee (or hot water)
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup Fern Valley Farms kief (¼ ounce of your preferred strain)
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (can use the same vegan alternative as above), seeds (hemp heart seeds are great, healthy, and appropriate!), and/or chopped nuts
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- In a medium-sized pot on the stove at medium heat, melt the coconut oil and chocolate chips, stirring regularly, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir in cocoa powder and sugar until all is one consistency.
- Add milk and coffee (or water) and stir until well combined.
- Stir in flour and kief. You will end up with a thick rich batter that should easily pour into a pan.
- Line an 8″ square pan with parchment paper and pour in the brownie batter. Sprinkle with mini chips, seeds, and/or nuts. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- When it comes out, the center will still be gooey and impossible to cut. Let it cool for about 15 minutes, then place it in the fridge for an hour or two. At that point, it is solid enough to cut into 16 brownies each sized 2” by 2”.
- Do not skip using parchment paper in the baking pan; it makes it miraculously easy to cut and separate the brownies whole, without lots of it ending stuck in the pan
- Brownies will stay fresh in the refrigerator for two weeks; they can be frozen and remain good for as long as six months
- You get to determine the potency of your brownies, at a fraction of the price you would pay for similarly baked goods in a CBD store
There are two ingredients that deliver CBD (and Delta 8, if you choose) to these fudgy CBD-infused coconut oil brownies: the coconut oil and the ¼ ounce of kief mixed in with the flour (if you want to learn more about cooking with kief and flower, check out our blog post, “Empower Your Flour“).
You get to decide how much CBD (or Delta 8) you want to add to your homemade CBD-infused oils; since coconut oil is a highly popular oil for this process, it’s perfect for this recipe! Let’s say you want to create a ½ cup of coconut oil infused with 500 mg of CBD from your favorite strain. If your selected flower strain contains 20% CBD, a gram of that flower would have 200mg, so all you need is 2 ½ grams of that strain to total 500mg of CBD. However, when extracting CBD on a stovetop, the heating process is not the most effective method (but cheaper than building a laboratory at home), so be generous and use three to five grams.
For the kief, let’s say you selected our highly popular, 5-star rated Sour Suver Haze CBD Kief (an outstanding choice for relaxation purposes!). Since this kief strain contains 27.09% CBD, a ¼ ounce added to your brownie mix totals a whopping 1,896mg of CBD (7 grams equals 7000mg; multiply that amount by 27.09% of CBD content to come up with 1,896mg).
Added to the 500mg CBD oil content, and you have roughly 2400mg of CBD in the entire batch; divide by 16, and each brownie should contain approximately 150mg of CBD, making them very effective brownies!
As these are large brownies (2-inch squares), it is easy to break those brownies into quarter pieces (half-inch squares) for milder treats containing about 37.5mg of CBD, more than enough for many beginners. This would leave you with 64 pieces of brownies which can be easily ingested and enjoyed throughout the day.
Keep in mind you can select the effect through both the flower and kief you add to the recipe. If you want a mellow experience, check out the Indica strains; if getting a burst of energy is more to your liking, then look at the Sativa strains. Ideally, make a couple of batches to help invoke more than one favorite mood for different times and needs.
Oh, and back to Alice B. Toklas… here is her original recipe for Haschich Fudge…
“Take 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 1 whole nutmeg, 4 average sticks of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon coriander. These should all be pulverised in a mortar. About a handful each of stoned dates, dried figs, shelled almonds and peanuts: chop these and mix them together. A bunch of cannabis sativa can be pulverised. This along with the spices should be dusted over the mixed fruit and nuts, kneaded together. About a cup of sugar dissolved in a big pat of butter. Rolled into a cake and cut into pieces or made into balls about the size of a walnut, it should be eaten with care. Two pieces are quite sufficient.”
As you can see, this no-bake recipe calls for eating raw cannabis! It clearly works, but rest assured that our Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownies will deliver more punch and CBD goodness by properly preparing your CBD oil in advance and using that in your recipe instead of ground-up buds and stems. However, people who have made the original recipe using pulverized cannabis claim that the effect of eating raw cannabis is still quite strong, although it may make for a chewier and grassier-tasting dessert than many prefer.