Cooking April 22, 2020

10 Ways to Cook with CBD Butter

Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp restrictions have been lifted, which has opened the gates for the sale of CBD products, including CBD edibles. However, regulation of these products has still been enacted by health departments across the country and some states ban the sale of edible CBD treats. One of the easier ways to enjoy a tasty CBD treat is to just make it yourself. This is where CBD butter comes in!

CBD can be infused into butter the same way as other carrier oils, which makes it a great option for baking. However, because of CBD’s sensitivity to higher temperatures, CBD butter should not be used to sear, as it can easily burn and result in the loss of effective terpenes. This is also the case when baking with CBD. To make the most out of your CBD butter experience avoid recipes that require you to bake at temperatures higher than 340 degrees. This can help to ensure the potency of your end products.

CBD butter is a very versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into a variety of recipes. Below we discuss some simple ways to incorporate CBD butter into your cooking and baking. Let’s consider a few easy and classic staple recipes to begin:

Cookies

Cookies are great to experiment with when it comes to CBD butter. You can simply use the CBD butter as a replacement for regular butter in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. CBD works well with baked goods because sugars and other sweet flavors, like chocolate, can help conceal the bitterness or herbaceous taste of CBD. Try adding CBD butter to your favorite cookie recipe to help give it a unique twist. You can also play with flavors to help balance the more herbaceous tastes of your cookie by adding chocolate, mint or rosemary.

Pancakes

When you think of delicious breakfast options, one of the first images that might pop into your mind is a fluffy stack of pancakes topped with soft and melty butter! CBD butter can be a great addition to your favorite pancake recipe, giving an additional boost to an already flavorful morning meal. You can also enhance alternative types of pancakes with CBD butter, such as a protein pancake or flaxseed pancake. Incorporating CBD butters into these recipes is a great way to start your morning with a dose of CBD. If you’re worried about the flavor of the butter overpowering your pancake, you may want to consider CBD honey as a topping to your fluffy breakfast treat.

Brownies

If you’re just getting started with CBD, then brownies are the absolute perfect introduction recipe. You can do no wrong with the ooey-gooey chocolatey goodness of a brownie coupled with CBD. Similar to cookies, you can replace the butter from your own tried and true recipe with CBD butter. CBD butter made with full-spectrum or broad-spectrum hemp CBD is also a great option for this recipe as the strong flavor of chocolate can help mask some of the more herbaceous or bitter aftertastes.

Banana Nut Muffins

Almost everyone loves banana nut muffins! Add CBD butter to your banana nut muffin recipe to enjoy the delicious taste of a moist and fluffy muffin while reaping the benefits of CBD. Feel free to bake some mini-muffins for a portable CBD treat in the mornings.

Peanut Butter Cups

CBD Peanut butter cups are a fun treat that you can easily make at home using any food-safe silicone mold. Mix CBD butter together with melted chocolate and layer the chocolate and peanut butter sections one at a time after hardening. CBD peanut butter cups can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime thanks to their portable nature.

Cheesecake

No one can resist a cheesecake — topped with strawberries and other fruits, it’s delicious! To infuse cheesecake with CBD, you’ll start with the base of the crust. Follow your favorite recipe and swap out your traditional butter for CBD butter. Help enhance your mood and relax while enjoying a slice of this delightful dessert.

Caramels

CBD caramels are a perfect option for a treat on-the-go, plus, they’re simple to make. You can also include them in other recipes like cookies or brownies for an additional ingredient or topping. Tweak the recipe slightly to create a caramel sauce as a top for ice cream and other desserts.

Macaroni and Cheese

You can also use CBD butter in more savory dishes like a classic mac and cheese. Include in a traditional box mac or take it to the next level by including CBD butter in a recipe from scratch. If you are making larger portions, make sure to dose your meal accordingly. If your CBD butter is more potent, you should consider using half unsalted butter and half CBD butter to get the most out of your meal. Be sure to spice your mac accordingly with some pepper, garlic powder and paprika for a more well-rounded CBD infused mac and cheese. This dish is perfect to share with groups of friends or bring to your next potluck!

Donuts

Donuts are a picturesque foodie favorite that provide the perfect palette for CBD infusion. There are several delicious recipes online that provide instructions on how best to include CBD in the dough itself. If you prefer a lower dose of CBD, you can infuse your icing or glaze using oil or extract. Either way, it’s never been easier to create a donut that’s both sweet, beautiful to look at, and comes with all the benefits of CBD in one compact and tasty treat. Play with flavors and toppings and find the best accompaniment to your CBD butter’s natural taste and flavor. Relax and calm your mind by pairing your CBD infused donut with a hot coffee or your favorite tea before taking on your day.

Croissant

Nothing makes for a better morning than a beautiful, flakey breakfast croissant. Many of us either buy or bake croissants with a pre-made dough but it’s always fun to reinvent the process. Consider baking a CBD butter infused croissant from scratch. It’s time to relax and enjoy the finer things in life — like the buttery layers of your homemade CBD croissant!