Halloween Salted M&M CBD Cookies
This cookie is SUH-WEET and like Nebraska, it’s not for everybody. But it’s Halloween and if you’re in the mood to celebrate the holiday, this is a perfect fit!
This batch was delicious and beautiful but also served as a big lesson after testing several CBD recipes of my own so be sure to read the section on “Baking with CBD” to grasp a few important tidbits. These Salted M&M CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies are worthy of any cookie connoisseurs time and in celebration of these gorgeous beauties, I am dressing up as a cookie monster this halloween!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN and may your holiday be filled with ‘boos’ that fright and haunt through the night. 👻🎃✨
We used a recipe from Averie Cooks as the base recipe but made a few adjustments to incorporate Medterra’s MedOil CBD Tincture. As mentioned on my latest post on how to buy CBD online, isolate products are a great fit for cooking with CBD as they avoid the planty taste of many full-spectrum options.
On the CBD: Medterra’s tincture is a 99%+ CBD Isolate that is both tasteless and odorless. It is also all these great things: Non-GMO, No Pesticides, Lab Tested, and Made in USA. Whether you decide to bake this recipe or just use the tincture as part of your wellness routine, be sure to use the discount code “MEDCUSTOM15” on Halso.co for 15% off your purchase!
Okay back to the cookie: 🍪🍪✨
3/8 cup unsalted butter, browned
the official recipe calls for ½ cup of butter but we poured out ⅛ of the butter to make room for the CBD oil
1 bottle of Medterra’s 500 mg CBD tincture (30 mL bottle makes approximately ⅛ cup)
1 large egg
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 cup-1 cup Halloween M&Ms, plus a few extra for topping each cookie (M&M to taste)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus a few more for topping each cookie
This recipe makes about 15 cookies and takes about 30 minutes with prep and cook time!
Brown the butter (<—click for a detailed tutorial) by cooking butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan until it’s amber to brown in color, about 5 minutes depending on pan size. Butter will go through stages of hissing, sputtering, and making noise until the water cooks off at which point the browning occurs. Butter will smell nutty and aromatic.
Pour butter into a large mixing bowl, making sure to scrape the bottom of the saucepan with a spatula and transfer any browned bits (they have wonderful flavor) from the bottom of pan into the mixing bowl. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it.
Add the egg, sugars, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
Add flour, cornstarch (keeps cookies soft) baking soda, salt, and stir to combine. Dough may seem crumbly yet oily, this is okay.
Add the orange and black M&Ms, chocolate chips, and stir to combine.
Use your hands to form approximately 15 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten about halfway. Tip – Strategically place a few M&Ms and add a few more chocolate chips for a visual pop of color and chocolate.
Note: I did not follow this instruction because I did not have 4 hours to sit around cookie-less before the shoot. But you probably should do this.
Preheat oven to 320° F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart and bake for about 10.5 to 12.5 minutes (if your cookies are smaller than mine, reduce baking time) or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don’t overbake.
Once out of the oven, sprinkle some extra salt on the cookies if you want these to be a ‘salted’ version like ours were! The cookies firm up as they cool so allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving.
On Baking with CBD (highly recommended reading)
My takeaway after working on this recipe is that baking with CBD is not impossible, but it is difficult if you have a ‘limited’ amount of CBD on-hand and if your primary goal in making these recipes is reaping the benefits of CBD. The CBD starts to bake out at approximately 320° degrees and in this particular instance, left us choosing between an effective CBD recipe and a delicious cookie. Initially, we even tried to bake the cookies at 300° but after about 20 minutes in the oven, we could see that they were not really baking so we increased the oven temperature to 320° and they eventually baked after another 15-20 minutes.
The conclusion? These cookies are incredible and you should definitely make them. But you may be left with a tiny dosage of CBD in the final products and this likely shouldn’t be the very first time you try CBD. The official dosing of the cookies was 33 mgs each pre-baking. Unfortunately there was no way for me to determine the final dosing post-baking but I can only guess that a good amount had baked out and the final dosing was closer to a micro-dose.
If the micro-dose is what you’re looking for, then these are for you! I actually stopped by @eatbychloe to try their “Feelz” CBD dessert line, and found that they are actually microdosed at 2.5 mgs per dessert.
Since we used a 500 milligram tincture and made 15 cookies, each cookie had 33 mgs pre-baking. Like I mentioned above, some of the CBD should be expected to bake out but there’s no way to know how much, so be sure to try eating one cookie and waiting a few hours before trying another one!
CBD works to treat ailments from mild anxiety to severe chronic pain and the right dosage for you will depend on what you’re hoping to achieve. Starter doses range from 5-25 mgs per day but every human body is different so if this is your first time trying CBD, try eating a half-cookie and dosing up from there.
If you’re interested in attempting this recipe, or just trying out a CBD-isolate tincture, be sure to use MEDCUSTOM15 for 15% off your Medterra purchase on Halso.co
Let me know what you think of these boos!