The Best Recipe for CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today, baking with CBD oil is very different from the classic "marijuana brownies" of yesteryear. While THC derived from cannabis will give you a high, CBD derived from hemp will not. Adding CBD oil to your favorite baked goods will give you all the benefits of cannabidiol without any of the buzz. And for some people, adding CBD oil to food is a great way to mask the taste. 

What does CBD oil taste like?

If you haven't had it before, you may be wondering what CBD oil tastes like. We've heard many people describe CBD oil's taste as "grassy" or even "botanical." While most people can tolerate the taste, probably few would go so far as to say they actually enjoy it. 

You can expect lower-concentration oils to have a milder taste than higher-concentration oils. There are some flavored oils on the market, like mint, berry, and vanilla, that can make the taste more palatable. You might have to experiment with flavored and unflavored oils to find the one you like best. One way to get the benefits of CBD oil without the taste is to add it to your favorite recipes. 

How to Bake with CBD Oil

While baking with CBD oil is fun and easy, there are a couple of things to keep in mind before you reach for your cookbook.

  1. Anytime you bake with CBD oil, make small batches. CBD is relatively expensive. If you mess up the recipe or don't like what you've baked, you don't want to waste more CBD than you have to.
  2. Keep in mind that your body will absorb CBD oil in food slower than other methods, like vaping or taking it sublingually. The flip side is, you'll feel the effects for a longer period of time. So if you don't mind this trade-off, like to be creative, and have a sweet tooth, then baking with CBD oil might be for you!

CBD Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies are a universal favorite. And who doesn't love them fresh out of the oven? We've been getting a lot of requests on how to bake CBD chocolate chip cookies, so we're sharing this recipe with you. 

This CBD chocolate chip cookie recipe has been adapted from Detoxinista's Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe is not only Paleo but it's also vegan, making it suitable for a wide variety of diets. 

Ingredients

The most organized way to cook anything is to first get all your ingredients lined up, so let's start there. This recipe calls for:

  • 2 cups almond flour 
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 
  • CBD oil of your choice

This recipe calls for two ingredients you might not be used to baking with: maple syrup and CBD oil. When baking with maple syrup, keep in mind that the darker the syrup, the more robust the flavor will be. And don't get confused by the "grades" of syrup, which are often labeled as "A" or "B." These terms refer to the darkness of the syrup and not the quality.

For the CBD oil, you can choose the concentration and flavor that is right for you. (We'll talk more about that in a bit.) If you feel like shaking things up, try some mint-flavored CBD oil. 

Directions
  1. The first thing you should do is mix your CBD oil with the melted coconut oil. 
  2. Next, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. Then add the wet ingredients until blended. 
  4. Last, gently stir in the chocolate chips.

Because this dough does not contain eggs, you can stop here if you'd like! Just get a spoon and dig in. However, if you have the willpower or just love a freshly baked cookie, these will need to bake at 350 F for 89 minutes. We recommend using a sheet lined with parchment paper so the cookies don't stick.

When placing the dough on the cookie sheet, drop by rounded tablespoons, which will give you about 15 cookies per batch. You will need to shape the cookies and keep the dough thin as they will not flatten like traditional chocolate chip cookies. 

The cookies are ready to take out of the oven when the edges are a light golden brown. If you like crispier cookies, leave them in a minute or two longer, but watch them closely so they don't burn.

flatlay photo of unbaked chocolate chip cookies next to butter, chocolate, hemp leaves, and CBD oil

How much CBD oil should I add to the cookie dough?

That's the million-dollar question.  As with all things CBD, there is no one answer. Everyone reacts differently to CBD, so you might have to do some experimenting and a little math. Things to consider are:

  • How much CBD do you want to take in a day? 
  • Will you be taking CBD in any other form, such as a gummy or capsule? 
  • How many cookies will you eat at a time? (Try to be realistic here!)

Also remember that any CBD edible, whether you buy it prepared or bake it yourself, can take 30 minutes to 2 hours to kick in. Just keep that in mind before your reach for your second (or third!) cookie.

Key Takeaways on Cooking and Baking with CBD Oil

Baking with CBD allows you to have fun and experiment with your favorite recipes. You can put a new, healthy twist on some family favorites. 

The one thing you should keep in mind is that CBD must be mixed in with a fat or oil before being added to the rest of the ingredients. It doesn't always have to be coconut oil. You can also use butter, ghee, vegetable oil, avocados, or vegan butter substitutes. If you're looking for other CBD dessert recipes, check out the Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with CBD Coconut Glaze or the Chocolate Mousse CBD. 

CBD oil is a flexible ingredient and is not just limited to baked goods. Give it a try in a salad vinaigrette, guacamole, or even your favorite beverage. When cooking with CBD, you're only limited by your imagination.

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