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How to Make the Perfect Cannabis Biscuits for National Biscuit Day

A well-made biscuit is like a well-made house.

It’s comforting.

It’s nice to look at.

And when you bite into it, it melts in your mouth.

Yes, we’re still talking about biscuits and houses.

And yes, you can take a bite out of a house. Haven’t you ever heard of a gingerbread house? Or a biscuit house?

If you’ve never heard of that last one, it’s a house made entirely out of biscuits.

Speaking of biscuits, May 29 is coming up. Know what that means?

It’s National Biscuit Day!

And if there’s any food that deserves its own holiday, it’s the biscuit.

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What Makes a Biscuit a Biscuit

The word “biscuit” comes from the British, but they use the term to refer to a thin cookie or cracker.

Here in the U.S., we just call a cookie a “cookie” and a cracker a “cracker.”

We only call something a “biscuit” if it’s a small, light bread with a firm, brown crust and a soft interior that can hold a reasonable amount of butter.

Another thing that makes a biscuit stand out from other types of bread? You don’t need to use yeast as a leavening agent. Instead, you can use baking soda, baking powder, or the beaten biscuit method.

A Little Bit of Biscuit History

The American biscuit, as we know it, was created in the early 19th century before the Civil War.

Yeast for bread-making was expensive and hard to store, so cooks came up with a cheaper method.

They would beat and fold the dough to incorporate air into it, which would expand when heated in the oven, causing the biscuit to rise. This is known as a “beaten biscuit.”

And because it was harder than a normal piece of bread, the biscuit was able to keep its shape when being used to wipe up gravy. Genius!

Biscuits rose to prominence mainly in the South because the flour from the South was made from soft winter wheat and was better suited for biscuit-making than protein-heavy Northern flour.

Ballard and Ballard changed the biscuit game by introducing ready-to-bake biscuits that came in a cardboard can. Now people no longer had to make biscuits from scratch. You just stick them in the oven, and you’re good to go!

Different Kinds of Biscuit

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Rolled Biscuits

These are one of the more popular biscuit types.

When making a rolled biscuit, the bread should rise to twice its original height, while the inside is light and fluffy and the outside crust is golden brown. When they’re baked well, rolled biscuits have flat tops, straights sides, and horizontal cracks that demonstrate flakiness.

Drop Biscuits

Drop biscuits have more liquid added to the dough than their rolled cousins, and that extra moisture means they can’t be kneaded or rolled. Instead, people measure out tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet. Drop biscuits don’t rise as high as other biscuits, and they have a coarser texture and appearance.


Is a scone a biscuit?

Some would say, “Yes.”

Some would say, “Hard no.”

Some would say, “They’re similar, part of the same family, but not exactly the same.”

Well, if they’re part of the same family, that works for us.

Scones are made either with wheat or oatmeal and baking powder. No yeast, just like the biscuit. A big difference is that they are usually sweetened and sometimes glazed with egg wash.

The major difference between British scones and the American scones we get from coffee shops is the amount of butter and fancy add-ins like nuts, fruit, and chocolates. The British use less butter and not as many “scone accessories.”

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Shortcakes? Really? Those are biscuits too?


Shortcakes use either biscuits, cakes, or scones as their base.

So…are you ready to learn how to make the perfect cannabis biscuits for National Biscuit Day?

Let the biscuit-making commence!

Cannabis Buttermilk Biscuits

(Adapted from All Recipes)

What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 7 tablespoons of cold cannabutter, cut into slices
  • 3/4 cup of cold buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons of buttermilk (to be used for brushing)

How to Make Them

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
  • Cut in cold cannabutter into the mixture with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add buttermilk and work it into the flour with your hand until it’s combined. Don’t mix it in too much.
  • Place dough on floured board and pat it into a rectangle.
  • Fold the rectangle into thirds to complete a half turn. Gather up the crumbs and flatten into a rectangle again. Repeat this entire process two more times.
  • Roll dough so that it’s 1/2 inch thick.
  • Cut out 12 biscuits with a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter.
  • Place biscuits on a baking sheet. Brush the tops of biscuits with buttermilk.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes until biscuit tops are golden brown.

Cannabis-Infused Gravy (for Biscuits and Gravy)

(Adapted from High Times)

You’ve got your biscuit recipe above. But what about gravy?

Gotta have biscuits and gravy!

What You Need to Make Cannabis Sausage Gravy

  • 1 lb of pork sausage
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon
  • 2 tablespoons of cannabutter
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make It

  • Cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • While sausage is cooking, put 1/2 cup of milk and flour in a Mason jar. Screw the lid on tightly and shake with gusto to make the mixture for the gravy. Make sure there are no lumps; if you need to add more milk, do so.
  • After the sausage turns brown, pour the remaining milk into the pan and stir. Add the chicken bouillon and stir.
  • Turn heat down to medium-low and add the gravy mixture, stirring until the gravy reaches a boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat to low and keep stirring until gravy is thick.
  • Taste the gravy, adding salt, pepper, or bouillon if necessary. Add the cannabutter and stir it in. If your gravy is too thick, you can add more milk.

Your gravy is now done. Let the biscuit-feasting begin.

Important note: If you’re already doing cannabis-infused biscuits and don’t want to overdo it with cannabis-infused gravy as well, you can substitute the cannabutter for regular butter during the gravy preparation.

Cannabis-Infused Lemon Scone

(Adapted from All Recipes)

What You’ll Need

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cup of cold cannabutter, sliced into pieces
  • 9 tablespoons of milk
  • 5 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of vinegar
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of water

How to Make Them

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  • Cut in cold cannabutter with a pastry blender until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs
  • Whisk milk, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, lemon zest, and vinegar in a bowl and stir into flour mixture until moist
  • Place the dough on a floured surface
  • Knead dough for 5-6 turns. Roll dough into a 1 inch-thick round circle. Cut into 10 wedges and arrange on a baking sheet. Leave 1 inch between each wedge.
  • Bake in oven for 11-14 minutes, until bottom edges are lightly tan. Take the scones out of the oven and let them cool for 15 minutes.
  • Mix powdered sugar, melted butter, 2 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Stir water into mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time to form a glaze.
  • Pour glaze over the scones while they’re still warm

Cannabis Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

(Adapted from Taste of Home)

Biscuits for dessert?

You best believe it.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of cold cannabutter, sliced
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 pints of sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups of whipped topping

How to Make It

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Cut in the cold cannabutter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Slowly stir in milk until dough forms.
  • Measure out the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls into 8 mounds on a greased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits are light brown. Let them cool on a wire rack.
  • Place the strawberries, orange juice, and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl and toss.
  • Split the biscuits in half horizontally.
  • Place bottom halves on a plate and top with strawberries and whipped topping. Place biscuits tops on top.

We hope you enjoyed these cannabis biscuits recipes for National Biscuit Day!

Remember, if you need cannabutter, you can purchase it at any of our three locations — Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana West, and Henderson. Just give us a call ahead of time to confirm that we have cannabutter in stock.

As always, the amount of cannabutter we recommend in each recipe is just an estimate. Only you know how much cannabis you can consume and still have a good time.

So don’t be afraid to adjust the recipe as needed. You can always add less cannabutter and substitute it with regular butter if you want.

Happy National Biscuit Day!

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