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Your Holiday High: 6 Christmas-Themed Cannabis Recipes

If you love Christmas, cooking, and cannabis -- these recipes are for you.
If you love Christmas, cooking, and cannabis -- these recipes are for you.

Christmas is quickly approaching, and as people begin to plan their holiday feast menus, cannabis consumers across the country are looking for ways to take their festive cuisine to a higher level. 

Of course, any seasoned consumer knows that as long as you have some sort of infused butter or an easy coconut oil, you can take just about anything from edible to edible, but we’ve come up with a few winning options specific to the holiday season. 

Whether you’re planning the side dish, a tray of appetizers, or Christmas dessert, we’ve got ideas for every piece of the meal, and feel free to get creative with it.

Make sure to prioritize safe consumption above anything else, and keep in mind you can always adjust the cannabis levels by subbing part of the recipe for non-infused butter or oil.

6 Cannabis-Infused Recipes to Try for Christmas Dinner

1. Cannabis-Infused Eggnog (a.k.a. “Nugnog”)

If you're going to go with eggnog this year, might as well infuse it with cannabinoids.
If you're going to go with eggnog this year, might as well infuse it with cannabinoids. / Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Eggnog and Christmas go hand in hand, but does anyone actually drink it? Some do, some don’t…but we bet a whole lot more would if there was cannabis in the mix.

This holiday classic is simple to make, and even simpler to infuse with everyone’s favorite herb.

Ingredients (serves 12):

● 5 egg yolks

● 5 egg whites

● ½ cup of sugar

● 2 cups of your milk of choice

● 1 ½ cups of heavy cream

● 3 tbsp of infused butter or oil, melted

● 1 tbsp of vanilla

● 2 tbsp of sugar

● Nutmeg


Steps:

● Beat the yolks with an electric mixer until blended. Add sugar bit by bit; then, once it’s dissolved, add the milk, cream, butter/oil, and vanilla. Mix until fully blended.

● Whip the egg whites in another bowl. Then, add the remaining sugar and beat the mixture until stiff.

● Whisk both mixtures together and allow to chill.

● Garnish with nutmeg before serving, and enjoy!

2. Cannabis-Infused Bacon Pesto Halloumi Bites

These bacon pesto halloumi bites make for an easy-to-eat appetizer that’s bursting with flavor – but just wait until you add cannabis to the mix.

Ingredients (serves 16):

● 8 thin slices of bacon

● 2 tbsp of basil pesto

● 16 large fresh basil leaves

● 1 package of halloumi, cut into 16 bite-sized pieces

● 1 tbsp of infused oil

● Toothpicks


Steps:

● Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

● Place one piece of bacon on a cutting board or other flat surface. Spread with some pesto, topping the bacon with one basil leaf and a piece of halloumi. Roll the bacon to enclose the cheese, securing with a toothpick.

● Place on the baking tray and keep repeating until all ingredients have been used. Drizzle with oil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the halloumi is tender and the bacon is golden. Serve with extra basil.

3. Cannabis-Infused Garlic and Herb Butter Smashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes -- a holiday tradition made better with cannabis.
Mashed potatoes -- a holiday tradition made better with cannabis. / Photo by Megumi Nachev on Unsplash

Take a tired old side to a new level with a few essential herbs, spices, and garnishes: garlic, lemon, chives, parsley, and cannabis.

Ingredients (serves 8):

● 3 lbs of baby potatoes

● 2 tbsp infused oil

● ½ of finely grated Parmesan

● 3 ounces of butter (infused or not), chopped, room temperature

● 2 crushed garlic cloves

● 1 lemon, rind grated

● 2 tbsp of chopped fresh parsley

● ¼ cup of chopped fresh chives


Steps:

● Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

● Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, covering with cold water and seasoning with salt. Turn the heat to high, bringing the saucepan to boil for about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.
● Meanwhile, place the butter, garlic, lemon rind, parsley, and 2 tbsp of chives in a bowl. Stir to combine.

● Divide the potatoes among the two trays, using your palm to slightly squash them. Drizzle with infused oil and sprinkle with Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes (or until golden).

● Top the cooked potatoes with the butter mixture, roasting for another 15-20 minutes until crisp. Sprinkle with the remaining chives and serve.

4. Cannabis-Infused Holiday Glazed Baked Ham

That ham better have cannabis in it!
That ham better have cannabis in it! / Image by vivienviv0 from Pixabay

This one’s for the meat eaters who love an equal amount of greens – and we mean the hazy kind – in their carnivorous creations.

Ingredients (serves 8-10):

● 7-8 lb. bone-in ham, spiral cut

● ½ cup of brown sugar

● ¼ cup of honey (add some infused oil for the cannabis kick)

● 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard

● ¼ cup of apple cider

● 1 tbsp of cumin powder

● ½ tbsp of ground cinnamon

● Meat thermometer



Steps:

● Preheat your oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill a roasting pan with ½ cup of water and place the rack on top.

● Place the ham flat side down on the rack, making shallow cuts to help it soak in the sweet glaze.

● Bake the ham, covered with foil, for 2 hours – until the internal temperature at the thickest part of the meat registers at 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

● Turn up the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, mustard, apple cider, and cumin powder. Whisk until smooth.

● Remove the ham from the oven and brush half of the glaze to coat. Return to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes, uncovered.

● Remove and apply the remaining glaze, returning to the oven and baking for about 15 minutes – until the ham has caramelized.

● Transfer to a platter and pour pan drippings on top. Enjoy!

BONUS CANNABIS RECIPE: Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Roasted Vegetables & Spicy Maple Drizzle

5. Cannabis-Infused Mango Cheesecake Cups

Certain foods, herbs, and spices are known for providing an entourage effect when combined with cannabis: a.k.a., more of the high with less weed used. Mango is one such fruit, and these mango cheesecake cups are sure to have you and your guests feeling the vibe.



Ingredients (serves 4):

● 8 oz of cream cheese at room temperature (stir infused oil for added effects)

● 1 cup of thickened cream

● 4 oz of whipping cream

● ¼ cup of sugar

● 1 lemon, rind grated

● 1 tbsp lemon juice

● 1 small mango, peeled and thinly sliced

● Mint leaves (for garnish)



Steps:

● Whip cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Add thickened cream, whipping cream, sugar, and lemon rind, beating for 2-3 minutes until creamy and thick.

● Add lemon juice and stir until combined.

● Dole the cream cheese mixture into four different glasses, topping with sliced mango and mint leaves. Enjoy!

6. Cannabis-Infused Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies

If Santa eats that whole cookie, it might slow him down a little.
If Santa eats that whole cookie, it might slow him down a little. / Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

It doesn’t get more stereotypically-Christmas than sugar cookies – especially if you’ve got festive cutouts in the shapes of trees, stars, angels, and candy canes.

To take your Christmas tradition to the next level, we’ve got just the ingredient you’ve been missing all these years.

Ingredients (makes 24 cookies):

● ½ cup of infused oil or butter (softened to room temperature)

● 1 cup of sugar

● 1 egg

● 1 tsp of vanilla extract

● ½ tsp of baking powder

● ¼ tsp of salt

● 2 cups of all-purpose flour



Steps:

● Mix butter and sugar in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended.

● Turn your mixer to low speed, adding baking powder and salt. Then add the flour bit by bit, combining as you go.

● Make the dough into a ball and wrap in cling wrap, freezing for 30 minutes (or refrigerating overnight).

● Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

● Allow dough to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Then, use a rolling pin to flatten it and begin cutting out shapes.

● Transfer cookies to the baking sheet, baking for 8-10 minutes (until the edges begin to turn golden brown). Merry Weedmas!

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