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How To Make Firecracker Edibles

Looking to whip up a weed edible that takes the least amount of time and effort possible? Look no further than the humble firecracker, quite possibly the simplest cannabis treat you can make. Learning how to make firecrackers is easy, and for the most part foolproof. But there are some things to keep in mind to make sure the firecrackers weed doesn’t burn up, leaving you with a worthless, if tasty, snack.

Here’s How to Make Firecrackers

Let’s start with what you need to pull off an amazing firecracker recipe.

First, you’ll need some high-quality flower. If you’re making firecrackers just for yourself, about a half gram (0.5 g) should do. Use more if you’re planning to make enough to share.

Next, you need your graham crackers. Nabisco or HoneyMaid work best due to their higher fat content. Spice things up with the cinnamon version!

Finally, you need peanut butter. Go for the natural stuff with the higher amounts of fat. The higher (the fat), the better! Nutella also works well in combination with the peanut butter or on its own.

That’s why firecrackers are so simple to make. The firecrackers weed easily bonds to the fats in the peanut butter, eliminating many of the steps needed to make other weed edibles.

And don’t forget the tools: a toothpick for stirring, aluminum foil for baking, and an oven with an accurate temperature control. Toaster ovens work well, especially the digital kind.

Don’t Forget To Decarboxylate Your Firecrackers Weed!

In order for this firecrackers weed recipe to work, you have to activate the THC and other cannabinoids in your buds before you eat them. That means using heat to decarboxylate your cannabis.

For the first-timer, figuring out how to make firecrackers weed decarboxylated can be a little challenging. But really, the process is simple. Just remember, low and slow.

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F (120 C) and wait about 10 minutes for it to get warm. While you’re waiting, break up your nugs by hand or coarsely grind them.

Next, put the weed in the oven. Set a timer for about 15 minutes. That’s plenty of time for a decarb, so don’t go any longer. Heating too long can ruin your weed.

After 15 minutes, set your weed to the side and let cool.

Assemble Your Weed Firecrackers

Now, heat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). As it gets to temp, spread a thick layer of peanut butter (and/or Nutella) on one side of each graham cracker.

Pro Tip: the fat in the peanut butter is what absorbs the THC from your weed, so the more fat the better. That’s why you should really spread it on thick.

Now, evenly sprinkle your weed on the peanut butter-covered crackers. Now’s the time to use that toothpick to stir and fold your weed into the peanut butter.

Mix your weed in very thoroughly, so that all of it is covered with fatty peanut butter. Don’t rush this step.

To finish assembling your firecrackers, add a second peanut butter and covered cracker on top and sandwich them together.

Get Baking! Here’s How To Make Firecrackers …the Right Way

At this point, lots of people will simply toss the firecracker into the oven and bake it. But that’s not the best approach.

Instead, wrap your firecrackers in foil. Wrap them up completely, like you would if you were cooking something over a campfire. This will lock all the good stuff in and make sure no THC escapes!

Now, go ahead and put your foil wrapped firecracker into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. The perfect amount of time to enjoy an episode of “Broad City” while you wait.

Cool Down, Then Chow Down!

This last part is the best. Giver your firecrackers time to cool down and remove them from their foil wrappers.

Smells delicious, right? Of course it does, it’s weed and peanut butter (and maybe cinnamon and chocolate).

Finally, eat your firecracker! They’re so good, it’s easy to get carried away and eat the whole batch. But make sure you wait at least a half hour to 45 minutes to see how all that firecrackers weed is hitting you before diving into another.

Firecrackers, the humble yet potent weed edible that's super-easy to make.

Cannabis-infused crackers using some of my favourite terpenes

I often experience the familiar aromas associated with cannabis, even when it isn’t around. This is especially true when cruising by the herbs at the local market, where I find myself doing a double take as familiar scents tickle my nose. Some examples include basil, dill, rosemary, pepper, citrus, hops, lilac, and lavender – and the list goes on.

But what do these ingredients have in common with cannabis? It turns out they all share similar terpene profiles.

Terpenes are the unique essential oils that are found inside each cannabis strain, giving the flower its aroma and flavour. These aromas are often noticeable when first opening a container of cannabis or when grinding it during the infusion process. Around the world, these flavours make up the cornerstone of many recipes. They add unique layers of fruit, spice, and heat that can accent an ingredient to bring it to new heights.

One of my favourite terpenes is caryophyllene, which has a spicy, fruity aroma and is found in black pepper. When black pepper is freshly cracked on a dry-aged cut of protein then placed on a hot charcoal grill, it immediately starts to combust, and a sweet and subtle peppery aroma comes through. That’s caryophyllene that you’re smelling.

Another one of my favourites is the fresh and sour taste of limonene, which is found in citrus fruit. It works amazingly well with lemon, bringing its floral notes to the foreground. You could try adding the zest of your favourite citrus fruit, whether that’s lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit to your next cannabis infusion. In a previous post on how to infuse different base oils for cooking with cannabis I use a recipe for lemon infused Spanish olive oil. Drizzled on a salad of arugula and parmesan, this really is a peppery umami flavour bomb.

Finally, pinene (found in rosemary and basil) is a lovely terpene, with a somewhat rich and spicy, caramelized citrus aroma that works really well with sweet cream. I love rosemary in sweet applications such as a dark 65-70% cocoa; it gives the chocolate a rich, savoury finish. Using rosemary is a unique alternative to the classic chocolate and mint pairing.

Here are three simple recipes for cannabis crackers, each highlighting one of the three terpenes outlined above. Each recipe is formulated for using low-dose cannabis oil, making these crackers a great way to microdose at your next dinner party. The question now: what are you going to top yours with?

Cannabis Crackers: 3 Ways (each recipe makes 40 bite-sized crackers)

Black pepper (Caryophyllene)

  • 1 cup flour – plus 1 tbsp for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh chopped rosemary
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cannabis-infused olive oil with a strain high in caryophyllene*

Chocolate Rosemary (Pinene)

  • 1 cup flour – plus 1 tbsp for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cannabis-infused olive oil with strain high in pinene*

Lemon (Limonene)

    • 1 cup flour – plus 1 tbsp for dusting
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp fresh zested lemon
    • ¼ cup ice water
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp cannabis-infused olive oil with strain high in limonene*

Method:

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add all your dry ingredients*.

In a separate, smaller mixing bowl add ice water, olive oil, and cannabis oil* (choose a strain which highlights the respective terpene) and whisk together to form a temporary emulsion.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry. At first, the dough will be easy to mix; when it starts to form a ball, switch to kneading with your hands. The cracker dough will become tense and stiffen (if it becomes too stiff to knead, cover loosely with a damp towel for about 5 minutes and the dough should relax and become easier to mix). Keep kneading the dough until it becomes smooth.

Let the dough rest for 1 hour or for best results, overnight. This allows the flour to hydrate properly.

Once the dough has rested, roll it out on a floured cutting board. The thinner the dough is rolled, the crispier and more palatable the cracker will be. Cut the dough into squares and place on a parchment lined baking tray. If you’re feeling creative you can brush with egg wash and dust with hemp hearts or another seed of your choice.

Preheat oven to 365° F and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Remove the crackers from the oven and let cool completely before consumption. The crackers will become crispier as they cool. They can be enjoyed on their own or topped with your favourite terpene-inspired topping/dip.

*THC concentration of cannabis-infused olive oil is dependent on personal preference. Zenabis does not recommend a specific dose, however it is important to “start low and go slow” with edible cannabis.

These three recipes for cannabis infused crackers use some of my favourite terpenes. Learn how to make these easy and tasty cannabis snacks. ]]>