How to make a cannabis-infused gingerbread man

Published Dec 15, 2020 02:00 p.m. ET
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Tis the season to be jolly and nothing says Christmas quite like a freshly baked batch of gingerbread cookies. Here, we're going to show you how to make a traditional version with a modern green twist, and if you're up for the task, we can promise that these delicious morsels aren't going to disappoint. They're great for filling the cookie jar at home or for serving to guests at the end of a festive feast, and it's the perfect option if you need to make large batches to serve something sweet to a big crowd.

Will they taste like real gingerbread?

Most people shy away from edibles because many of the options that are on the market today are infused with potent products that are full of a green cannabis or alcohol taste, that isn't always the most enjoyable. However, this is one of those Christmas cookie recipes that comes with such an intense level of spice, since we use it combined with cannabutter, you and your guests might not even be able to tell that you're enjoying edibles. They're going to taste so close to the real thing.

Gingerbread man Christmas cookie recipe

If you love the fresh scent and spice of ginger, then this one could quickly turn into one of your favourite Christmas recipes. They are super easy to make, and this particular gingerbread recipe includes a potent dose of cannabutter, alone with alternate baking instructions just in case you want to make one giant gingerbread man rather than a large batch of mini ones!

Preparation: 30 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes

Calories: 357

Servings: 45

Cookie ingredients

  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ cup unsalted cannabutter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Icing ingredients (optional)

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla


  • Large mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters (if you're making small cookies)
  • Medium mixing bowl


  1. Add the flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, ginger, and cloves to a large mixing bowl, and mix the powder until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

  2. In a clean bowl, blend the cannabutter and sugar on high with an electric mixer for two minutes.

  • Now toss in the egg, vanilla, molasses, and reduce the speed of the electric mixer to medium, blend the ingredients for another two minutes.

  • Reduce the speed to low, slowly incorporate all of the flour into the dough.

  • Use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough, then leave it on a cookie sheet to cool for at least two hours before moving on.

  • At this point, you can retrieve the cookie dough and use the cookie cutters to cut out small cookies or a knife to turn the whole thing into one giant gingerbread man cookie.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F, and while you wait for it to warm up, remove all of the excess dough from around the chosen shape.

  • Bake small gingerbread man cookies for anywhere from 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on the outside. For a giant cookie, baking will take closer to 15-20 minutes.

  • Once the cookies have baked, remove them from the oven, and allow them to cool down before preparing the icing.

  • Add all of the icing ingredients to a mixing bowl, and then blend them until smooth.

  • Fill an icing bag with the freshly made sugary goodness, and use it to decorate the cookies as you like.

  • When you're done icing, the cookies will need at least one hour to harden at room temperature. Otherwise, the icing may transfer between them in storage.

  • Storage recommendations

    This is one of the best Christmas recipes out there, but if you want these delicious desserts to stay fresh and great tasting, then you're going to need to keep them stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. That way, they'll stay fresh for up to two weeks from the day that they're made.

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