The holiday season is in full swing, and nothing says Christmas like the delicious taste of gingerbread. This year, Missouri medical marijuana patients can make their treats extra special by infusing them with THC. With the legalization of marijuana, this cannabis-infused gingerbread recipe falls squarely on Santa’s nice list.
This recipe is perfect for treating yourself, sharing with friends, or leaving out for Santa, provided that everyone who gets a piece has a valid Missouri medical marijuana card. And, if you’re feeling a little like Scrooge this year, our gingerbread might be just the thing to get you into the holiday spirit.
The History of Gingerbread
Believe it or not, gingerbread is older than Christmas - by thousands of years. The first appearance of a gingerbread treat appeared in Greece around 2400 BC. Gingerbread eventually made its way to Europe in the year 992 by an Armenian monk named Gregory Nicopolois. He taught baking to the French, and eventually these recipes evolved and found their way all over Europe.
By the time the Middle Ages hit, the British believed gingerbread to have healing properties. That’s because of the stomach-calming qualities of ginger. If you’ve ever been told to drink ginger ale to soothe an upset stomach, it’s the same idea.
As the popularity of gingerbread spread through Europe, there were gingerbread fairs, dedicated to sampling a wide variety of gingerbread treats. According to PBS, Queen Elizabeth I originated the idea of decorating gingerbread cookies. By the 16th century, Germany began the practice of making gingerbread houses, which is the link that connected gingerbread to modern day Christmas.
How did Gingerbread Become Associated With Christmas?
In Nuremberg, Germany, when gingerbread houses became popular, decorating them became a traditional activity for families to do together each holiday season. Perhaps we have the children’s story Hansel and Gretel to thank for the rise in popularity of gingerbread houses. Also, it makes a lot of sense to have a cookie shaped like a gingerbread man. Someone’s got to pay the mortgage on that gingerbread house.
As immigrants from Europe began to populate America, gingerbread found itself crossing cultural lines in the melting pot that is the United States, and to this day has found it outlasting other holiday foods. I mean, when’s the last time you had figgy pudding?
Ready to Get Baked?
Now that you know the history of gingerbread, it’s time to create a holiday treat packed with relief. Here’s our recipe for THC-infused gingerbread:
2 large eggs
5 ⅓ cups flour
1 cup molasses
⅔ cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cloves
½ tsp allspice
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon
2/3 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp allspice
¼ cup water
1 cup CANNABUTTER - This is the MOST IMPORTANT ingredient. Cannabutter is what infuses your cookies with THC and makes for the merriest Christmas ever. You can make your own cannabutter with this great recipe!
NOTE: Frosting is not required, but IS recommended. Half of the fun of making gingerbread cookies is to decorate them!
Mixing Bowls (2)
NOTE: Cookie cutters are also optional, but fun holiday shapes really amp up the festive vibes!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix your cannabutter and brown sugar in a bowl until they get pillowy.
Add the molasses, egg, and water to your cannabutter/brown sugar mixture and stir until combined.
Get another bowl and combine your dry ingredients - flour, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, clove, and baking soda. Whisk together until combined.
Add the dry mixture from the second bowl to the wet mixture and stir until smooth and even.
Put your dough into the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
While you’re waiting, add parchment paper to cookie sheets.
Add flour to your clean kitchen counter, and when it’s time, remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it onto your counter.
Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough until it’s fairly flat (about a quarter inch)
Use your cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes. If you decided not to use cookie cutters, that’s okay. You can use a small water glass to cut out simple circles by placing it over the dough and pressing down firmly.
Place your dough shapes onto the parchment paper (which is already on the cookie sheets).
Place the cookie sheets into the oven and bake for eight minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
If you’ve decided to decorate your cookies, now is the time. Decorate them with the frosting and candies of your choice.
Looking for other edible ideas?
Gingerbread is just one of the many possibilities this holiday season. We’ve also got great ideas for THC-infused pumpkin pie and cannabis turkey stuffing! Remember to make sure everyone you share with has a Missouri medical card and is aware that they are consuming food infused with THC. Happy holidays!
Before you start baking, you’ll need your medical marijuana card.
With the relief that cannabis provides, you’ll be in the holiday spirit all year-round. But, to do so, you’ll need a Missouri medical marijuana card. We’re ready to help you with that. Our doctors are standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana specialist online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.
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