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Fall is upon us, and the days are growing shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Very soon, pint-sized witches and goblins will be cruising their neighborhood streets and knocking on doors in search of their annual trick-or-treat candy. This can be an enjoyable time of year for adults as well. All that’s necessary is a desire to have fun and a willingness to embrace your inner child.
While marijuana is definitely not for the kiddos, a wide selection of fall-themed sweets is suitable for cannabis-loving adult guests at your next big Halloween party. Whether you purchase your party refreshments at your favorite dispensary or make them yourself, your guests will appreciate an infused edible or two to go with their other party treats. With Halloween almost synonymous with candy and sweets, these types of infused goodies are the best choice for your partygoers. Just be sure to warn them about what they’re getting into before you set out your party trays! “Less is more” is a good motto to live by when it comes to infused edibles.
If you own or operate a dispensary, don’t underestimate the unique appeal of Halloween-themed edibles at this time of year. Although many states have laws that take a lot of the fun out of edibles shapes and names to avoid making them attractive to children (for obvious reasons), fall-themed colors can go a long way toward ensuring impulse purchases from your customers. Gummies, hard candies, cakes, and cookies with orange and black fall colors will help set the mood for your customers’ Halloween parties.
Stocking up on sweet edibles regardless of color is a good idea at this time of year when many adults are cheating on their diets and indulging in sweets that they’ll work off thanks to their New Year’s resolution exercise plans (we all know how well those work, right?). So, as a dispensary owner or manager, anticipate an increase in edibles consumption at this time of year. If you’re a new budtender and notice your store’s edibles section lacks the proper Halloween spirit, recommend to management that they stock up on edibles this fall.
Consider having an edibles promotion, whether it’s 20-percent off or a buy-one-and-get one-free special offer. Surely there will be customers who will want to take advantage of these types of offers.
Sometimes the power of suggestion or a reminder of a dispensary inventory category that customers may not consider during other seasons is all that’s necessary generate interest and increase sales.
Homemade Fall Party Treats
If you plan to create your own homemade Halloween-themed treats, your imagination is all that’s limiting you. You don’t have to worry about industry regulations, so roll up your sleeves and get creative!
The modern cannabis industry has seen an explosion of infused cooking and baking ingredients. Since most of these infused ingredients can’t be sold outside of the states where they’re created, shop around online to see what you can find in your area. In past decades, cannabutter was the standard homemade infused baking ingredient that nearly everyone relied on for baking infused cookies and brownies.
Cannabutter is very easy to make, and all you need to make it is cannabis flower and butter. Numerous recipes exist online for cannabutter to guide you in its creation before you begin to make your fall baked masterpieces. Other infused baking ingredients include cannaflour, which is another great ingredient for baked goods. To round out the list of mandatory baking ingredients, infused sugar definitely deserves your consideration. With infused sugar, flour, or butter from which to choose, you have three great options to consider. Choose one rather than including two or more of these in your baking recipes. One will definitely suffice.
Fall Cannabis Cookie Recipes
Cookies are seasonal treats during the fall holiday season. Adding cannabis to the cookie recipe just makes them even better. Here are two seasonal cannabis-infused cookie recipes that are full of fall flavor. Your adult cannabis-loving friends will enjoy them at your next Halloween party or as a trick-or-treat gift. When making them for kids, just remember to substitute regular butter for the cannabutter.
Maple Pumpkin Cookies
Warm cookies right out of the oven on a chilly evening are a great way to celebrate the arrival of fall. These infused cookies explode with the fall flavors of pumpkin and maple.
- 1⁄2 cup cannabutter
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 3½ tablespoons maple syrup
- 1⁄2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Cream cannabutter and sugars together until light and fluffy
- Beat in egg, maple syrup, and pumpkin
- Mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture in thirds.
- Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.
Spooky Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are the quintessential holiday cookie. Shopping for Halloween cookie cutters can transform these baked goodies from a typical circular cookie shape to a seasonal theme like pumpkins, ghosts, bats, or witches’ hats.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour measured, then sifted
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups cannabutter, softened
- 2½ cups granulated sugar (1 ½ cups granulated for recipe, 1 cup for rolling
- 2 eggs
- 1¼ tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line four baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
- Place the softened cannabutter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Cream the butter and sugar together on high until light and fluffy (a few minutes) Then, turn the mixer on low and add the eggs and vanilla extract.
- With the mixer running on low, slowly add the flour mixture.
- Scrape the bowl and beat again for 30 seconds.
Option 1 (Halloween-themed shapes): To get creative with your cookie shapes, roll out the dough to a ½-inch thickness and use Halloween-themed cookie cutters to cut out your dough before baking. Sprinkle your cookies with sugar before baking.
Option 2 (regular cookies): Pour 1 cup sugar into a bowl to coat the cookies. Scoop the dough out and roll into 1-inch balls. The dough should be soft. Put each ball in the sugar bowl to coat, then place on the cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Using the bottom of a drinking glass, press down on each ball until it's ½-inch thick.
Bake each sheet of sugar cookies for 10-11 minutes until the edges are slightly golden and the centers are just barely set.
Cool completely on cookie sheets.
Sugar Cookie Decorating
Sugar cookies provide a great canvas for creative designs with frosting. They also lend themselves to fun shapes if you choose to use cookie cutters. All that Halloween cookie shapes like bats and pumpkins require is frosting.
With a little bit of creativity, you can transform your circular cookies into scary bloodshot eyeballs or spiderwebs. Let your imagination run crazy and have fun with your decorating. There are many ways to express yourself with Halloween cookie decorating. Orange, white, and black make perfect frosting colors at this time of year. Sugar cookies are a great way to show off your creative side. Add M&Ms, hot cinnamon dots, or sprinkles to take your cookie designs to the next level.
If you or your party guests have kids, be sure to make some regular (not cannabis-infused) cookies for them as well. Just be sure to separate the kids’ treats from the adults’ cookies, keeping the latter safely out of reach of little cookie-grabbing hands. There’s no reason that grownups should have all the fun!