Building gingerbread houses in elementary school usually involved fastening stale cookies to a milk carton, gluing some gumdrops and mints onto your uneven shack with frosting, and watching Frosty the Snowman for the 23rd time. Wasn’t it the best?
Forgetting the fun, childlike traditions of the holidays is a quick way to become a Grinch. In an effort to preserve the holiday spirit during such tough times, we decided to infuse a gingerbread house with about as much weed as we could.
There are two ways to approach this — or three, if you have enough money and really want to be home for Christmas this year: Infuse the gingerbread, decorate a normal gingerbread house with edibles, or both. Check out our ganjabread building effort below. Merry Loudmas!
Making infused gingerbread is essentially like making regular gingerbread, but unlike most baked treats, gingerbread calls for vegetable shortening instead of butter or vegetable oil. Not to worry: Although a little stickier than butter and thicker than oil, shortening is still full of fat and can be easily infused using the same method you use to infuse butter — melt the shortening, add your cannabis (we used 3.5 grams), cook on low, and then strain. After that’s done, your gingerbread recipe should comprise these ingredients.
Making the House
Knead that weed dough, baby. Throw some flour on a clean counter top, cut the dough into roof and wall pieces, and roll your ganjabread into one-inch-thick pieces. And make some backups. You’ll need ’em.
Most dispensaries have many options for outdoor home decor (telling the budtender about your weed-infused blueprint only makes the selection process better), including chocolate bars, gummies, mints, lollipops, baklava bits and more. We went with a chocolate bar, gummies, suckers and infused stroopwafels, as well as some buds and a joint for ornamental purposes.
Ingredients for the Gingerbread:
- 2 eggs
- 5 ounces unsalted butter
- 3 ounces cannabis-infused butter
- 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
- 1 cup dark molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 5 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 5 teaspoons salt
- Preheat oven to 350 °
- Grease cookie sheets.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients- ground ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, blend the eggs, both kinds of butter, dark brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla thoroughly
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix well. Slowly add the flour to the mixture. Knead until well blended.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
- Remove from the refrigerator and let the dough warm up to room temperature.
- Roll out on floured parchment paper.
- Use cardboard templates for the design- front, back, side-walls, and roof.
- Place on cooking sheets. Cook large pieces for 10 to 15 minutes. Small portions for 5 to 7 minutes. Remove gingerbread when it’s a golden brown. Let cool slightly and cut out windows, doors, or other designs. Be creative, but don’t put too many holes in the walls and roof. You don’t want them to be too weak and collapse when you try to assemble the project.
- Use melted white chocolate or royal icing to “glue” your house together.
- Royal Icing is a thick, glue-like substance that is ideal for a gingerbread house.
Ingredients for the royal icing:
- 1 pound sifted confectioner’s sugar
- 1 to 2 large egg whites
- ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar
- In a large bowl, combine all three ingredients.
- Using a mixer, beat on high 7 to 10 minutes. The consistency should be thick, smooth, and hold a peak.
- Royal icing dries out quickly. Cover with plastic wrap. Make sure the wrap touches the frosting to keep the top from becoming hard.
- Once your gingerbread house is assembled, it’s time to get creative! Decorate with cannabis-infused candies using the royal icing or white chocolate to attach to the gingerbread.
Your weed gingerbread house is done!
For a quick gingerbread house recipe, use store-bought items. Assemble graham crackers or boxed gingerbread mix for the walls and roof. Use store-bought white chocolate or royal frosting to hold it together.
Guide to Cannabis Edibles
Foods with marijuana in them have the potential to be stronger than smoking or vaping. Here’s a quick guide to cannabis edibles.
If you are making your own cannabis-infused foods or drinks, use small amounts of weed. Blend the mixture thoroughly to even out the cannabis as much as possible. Food infused with marijuana can be tricky. Some portions may have more weed than others. One bite can get you higher than another!
Your best bet is to buy commercially prepared edibles. Especially products that can be cut into small portions. Take a bite. Wait a couple of hours to see how it affects you. Then have more. Whether you made the food or bought it, you’re not going to feel the effects right away. Generally, cannabis-infused foods take approximately two hours to give you high.
If you are sharing with others, be cautious. Each person will react to foods with weed differently. Make sure you are all in a safe environment and aren’t going to need to drive. Enjoy, but be smart. Be safe.
Cannabis-infused candies (store-bought or homemade) great for decorating your gingerbread house include gumdrops, candy canes, peppermint candies, sprinkles, candy bars, candy wafers, and more. Use your imagination and go wild. There’s a wide variety of sweets and cookies that would be amazing to decorate with. Don’t forget the gingerbread man cookies!
Following our simple gingerbread house recipe, you’ll be on your way to a weed-tastic decoration for your home. Now that you know, you can teach your friends how to make gingerbread house projects infused with cannabis.
Just make sure you have enough frosting to cement the decorations, and caulk away. Lollipops were obvious trees, while the stroopwafels made great cottage tiles.
Gummies, cookies and chocolate bar squares are all very versatile and well-suited for baked imaginations. We cut up the gummies for windows, lawn ornaments and lollipop tree holders, and used the chocolate bar squares as a door and lawn tiles. If you’re flush with buds, why not add a little shrubbery to your winter getaway? And don’t forget a chimney.