So a lot has happened since I last posted. My small family of three settled down into our new New England life; our tiny munchkin grew into an energetic, verbal, challenging, sweet, goofy little person; my wife received her graduate degree and is alllllmost done with post-doc; I’ve cooked and baked more recipes than I knew was possible in one year; …and marijuana was made legal in a few (including our) states. Hokay so that last one isn’t necessarily a milestone we celebrated this year but you have to admit that progression, especially in today’s political landscape, is worth a few cheers. But what this new development DID bring me was a new discovery: CBD!
I’m not sure how late to the party I am with CBD but this stuff seems to be sky rocketing into the mainstream these days. Makes complete sense with the legalization of marijuana. What doesn’t make sense, however, is how the public (media? govt? who knows) still casts an unjust stigma on the hemp-based version.
For those who haven’t experienced the glory that is CBD, or don’t even know what it is, here is the Readers Digest version: CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of over a hundred phytocannabinoids found in hemp and marijuana plants that have been known to have incredible health benefits. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive compound in the plant that makes you “high”. So when you ingest marijuana, you get that high along with the significant therapeutic attributes associated with marijuana use (thanks to CBD). But ingest CBD alone? No high, just incredible health profits! CBD’s potential as a treatment includes (but not limited to):
- Pain reduction
- Anxiety and Depression
- Autoimmune diseases
- Neurological conditions
- Metabolic syndrome (diabetes and obesity)
- Neuropsychiatric illness (autism, alcoholism, ADHD, PTSD)
- Gut disorders
- Cardiovascular dysfunction
- Skin disease (dermatitis, psoriasis, acne)
Here’s the problem, even though the government has tested CBD and its benefits, and it’s been legal long before marijuana use, bakers and chefs still can’t add it to their menus (Hello!! Tasty treats that help with anxiety or pain?? Why not?!?!). Maybe soon. But until then, you have to buy CBD oil for yourself (check out the awesome selection at CBD Essence!) and try this amazing cookie recipe out!! If you thought chocolate chip cookies couldn’t get any better, try them with CBD! Talk about the ultimate comfort food! Not into the CBD thing? Try this recipe without it!!!
The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie
Yields 20 cookies
- 2cups minus 1 tablespoons cake flour (8 1/2 ounces)
- 1 ⅔cups bread flour (8 1/2 ounces)
- 1 ¼teaspoons baking soda
- 1 ½teaspoons baking powder
- 1 ½teaspoons coarse salt
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 200mg CBD (See note)*
- 1 ¼cups unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks) (See note)**
- 1 ¼cups light brown sugar (10 ounces)
- 1cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (8 ounces)
- 2large eggs
- 2teaspoons natural vanilla extract
- 1 ¼pounds bittersweet chocolate
- Sea salt
*The amount of CBD you add to the recipe depends on the concentration. I used a concentration of 65mg/mL so I added only a small amount to yield a 10mg CBD/cookie recipe. And while I suggest purchasing a higher concentration CBD oil (lasts longer, you won’t have to add as much oil to the recipe, and you won’t taste the CBD at all) it does get a little pricey. Especially if you’re not sure about the stuff yet, it may not make sense to buy a large amount. But my advice: you’ll want the large amount…Especially after you start to feel the amazing benefits.
**If you use a lower concentration of CBD (and therefore have to add more oil to equal 200mg) then subtract a tsp or two of butter so the cookie isn’t too oily.
Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, CBD (if using) and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Fold in chocolate and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer cookies onto another rack to cool completely.
New to baking with CBD? Have questions? Or just want to tell me how amazing this recipe is? Contact me! I’d love to hear from you!
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