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How to Make the Perfect Cannabis Oatmeal Cookie for National Oatmeal Cookie Day

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They’re sweet.

They’re chewy.

They’re chock full of raisins…or dried cranberries…or chocolate chips.

Or raisins AND dried cranberries AND chocolate chips.

Or whatever you want, really!

They’re oatmeal cookies, and they’re so awesome that they’ve even got their own holiday: April 30.

And in this post, we’re going to show you how to make the perfect oatmeal cookie for National Oatmeal Cookie Day!

A VERY Brief History of the Oatmeal Cookie

It’s the question on everybody’s mind: where, oh, where did the oatmeal cookie come from? What ingenious soul invented it?

The history of the oatmeal cookie is a long one, for its original creation dates back to prehistoric times.

Scientists recently discovered oatmeal cookie fossils carefully placed inside of Neanderthal burial sites — strong evidence that our earliest ancestors held the oatmeal cookie in high regard!

(Okay, fine, we totally made that up. But that’d be pretty hilarious and awesome if it was true!)

Jokes asides, the oatmeal cookie does have an ancestor: the traditional Scottish oatcake of the Middle Ages.

The Scottish oatcake had similar ingredients, but it was way more crispy than the modern oatmeal cookie.

But it’s hard to say for certain who actually invented the modern oatmeal cookie.

However, Fannie Merritt Farmer published the first recorded oatmeal cookie recipe in her 1896 cookbook entitled the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.

The original recipe didn’t have raisins in it, but people started adding them largely because Quaker Oats had been featuring an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe on their containers since the 1900s.

An Even Briefer History of National Oatmeal Cookie Day

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Honestly, nobody really knows who invented this holiday, but if you know who did, please let us know!

In the meantime, here’s a fun fact: there are actually two oatmeal cookie holidays.

There’s National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, which is celebrated on March 18 (a lacy oatmeal cookie is a wafer-thin oatmeal cookie that’s traditionally served with ice cream or sorbet).

And then there’s regular National Oatmeal Cookie Day, celebrated on April 30.

Had enough history? Ready to get down to business?

Alright then! Let’s make some friggin’ cookies!

Oh, wait.

One more thing…

Another Brief Note About Wire Racks

Most of these recipes instruct you to cool your freshly baked cookies on a wire rack.

If you’re already an experienced baker and don’t need an explanation for why you should cool cookies on a wire rack instead of just on the countertop, you can skip this section.

But for all you apprentice bakers, here’s the deal:

When you take cookies out of the oven and leave them on a baking sheet, they’ll keep baking because the baking sheet will still be hot.

Your cookies will be overdone, and that will, of course, affect their taste and texture.

A wire rack allows air to circulate underneath the cookies, allowing them to cool off much more quickly.

But if you don’t have a cooling rack, you can take the cookies off the baking sheet and place them on a paper towel on your countertop.

They won’t cool as quickly as they would on a wire rack, but at least they won’t be overcooked.

Okay, NOW let’s make some cookies!



One last thing. We promise.

One Final Brief Note on Cannabutter Dosing

The following recipes call for the use of cannabutter.

Obviously, you can make these cookies without using any cannabutter at all.

But it is the cannabutter that will transform your ordinary cookies into cannabis cookies.

Medical cannabis patients can purchase Evergreen Organix cannabutter from Essence – just be sure to give us a call to confirm that we have cannabutter in stock!

Because Evergreen Organix cannabutter contains 1000 mg of THC — which is over the 100 mg limit for recreational customers — only our medical patients can purchase the butter.

All the cannabutter dosing suggestions are just that: suggestions. Take your tolerance level into account when deciding how much cannabutter to add.

Alright…NOW, for the love of Mary Jane, let’s make some friggin’ cookies!

Simple Cannabis Oatmeal Cookie

cannabis oatmaeal cookies featured(adapted from Cannadish)

What You’ll Need

  • 1/4 cup of cannabis butter
  • 2 cups of packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 cups of oats

How to Make Them

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grab an electric mixer or a hand mixer and beat that brown sugar and butter until it’s nice and fluffy. Then beat in the vanilla. Then beat in one egg at a time.
  • Now mix all that flour, salt, and baking soda into a medium bowl. Add in your creamed mixture in 2 to 3 batches, mixing each batch until everything is combined.
  • Use a cookie scoop or regular ol’ spoon to scoop out portions of the dough onto a baking sheet. Leave a couple of inches between each cookie. Bake for 12-13 minutes until they’re dark and chewy. If you want a crispier cookie (oatcake style!), cook it longer.
  • Remove cookies from oven and let them cool on the baking sheet. Then transfer them on to a plate and serve ‘em up!

Frosted Oatmeal Raisin Cannabis Cookies

(adapted from Taste From Home)

What’ll You Need

  • 1/4 cup of cannabutter
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans (optional)


  • 5 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of butter, melted (or you can use another 1/4 cup of cannabutter here to increase the dose…OR you can leave the cannabutter OUT of the main mix and just put it in the frosting)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of 2% milk

How to Make Them

  • Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  • In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (minus the frosting ingredients), and gradually beat all of that into the creamed mixture. Add in raisins and the pecans if you got ‘em
  • Split the dough in half. Shape each half into a disk, cover it, and refrigerate it for about 1 hour, or until it is firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of the dough so that it’s 1/4-inch thick. Cut with a floured 2-3/4 in. round cookie cutter.
  • Place each cookie 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Place them in the oven and let them bake until they turn light brown. This should take 7-9 minutes.
  • Remove the sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool for 2 minutes. Then place the cookies on a wire rack to finish cooling.

For frosting, beat the powdered sugar, butter, and milk together until it reaches the consistency of frosting. Spread on cookies and enjoy.

Chocolate Oatmeal Cannabis Cookies

(adapted from All Recipes)

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons of cannabutter
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

How to Make Them

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together. Beat in one egg at a time along with the vanilla.
  • Now add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips.
  • Use a tablespoon of dough to measure out each cookie onto a greased cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between them.
  • Let them bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the oven, or until they are light brown. Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool on the sheet for five minutes before placing them on a wire rack to finish cooling.

“No Bake” Crunchy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Oatmeal Cannabis Cookies

That is a mouthful – literally and figuratively!

(Adapted from All Recipes)

No bake oatmeal cookies, you say? How is that even possible? What manner of sorcery is this???

No sorcery. Nothing but just some good ol’ fashioned stovetop cooking.

What You’ll Need

  • 1/4 cup of cannabutter
  • 1 3/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 cups of instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

How to Make Them

  • Combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa in a medium saucepan
  • Bring it to a boil and let it cook for 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.
  • Use a teaspoon to measure out the cookies onto wax paper
  • Let the cookies cool until they’re firm

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cannabis Cookies

(Adapted from All Recipes)

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tablespoons of cannabutter
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups of dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cups of coarsely chopped white chocolate

How to Make Them

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • Cream the butter and brown sugar in a bowl until fluffy
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time
  • Mix oats, flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl
  • Stir the dry mixture into the creamed mixture one cup at a time
  • Add dried cranberries and chocolate and stir
  • Measure out teaspoons of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet; leave 2 inches of space between each cookie
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown; place the cookies on a wire rack for cooling

Hopefully, the cookies you create from these recipes will last you well beyond National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

If you’re not sure how powerful the cookies will be, take just a small bite and wait several hours for the effects to take place.

When you store them, be sure to label them “cannabis cookies” if you live with other people. That way, no one accidentally eats them without knowing what they’re getting into!

Have fun and enjoy your cookies! And if you need cannabutter or any other cannabis-related products, contact us at any of our three locations — Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana West, Henderson — and one of our dispensary consultants will help you out.

Happy National Oatmeal Cookie Day!

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