July 30th, 2021 by Angela Laufer
Enjoy a sweet treat that will tantalize your taste buds with these scrumptious & refreshing lemon bars, perfect for a hot summer day! Incorporating the terpene limonene, these canna-butter-made bars will be sure to put a smile on your face and lighten your mood.
**Before you start making recipes using cannabis-infused ingredients, it is important to be able to calculate how many servings you will be making, and the amount of THC in each serving. The advised medicinal amount of THC for an edible serving in the state of Arkansas is 10mg, although a good starting point for ingesting cannabis edibles is to limit yourself to less than 5mg THC; even less if you are new to THC-infused food. Use our dosage calculator to help calculate the potency of your individual servings. **
Step 1: Prep Oven & Baking Dish: Heat your oven to 350°F and line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. (If you do not have parchment paper, aluminum foil may work in a crunch). I also like to bring all my ingredients, their measurements, and supplies out before I start cooking, for a seamless and enjoyable edible-cooking/baking experience. (:
Step 2: Making Your Dough: Whisk together 2 & ½ cups of flour with the powdered sugar and salt. Then pour in the melted canna butter and mix until combined. If you’d like, a dash of vanilla can be added in with the butter in this step. Sprinkle your dough into your lined pan and press down into a flat layer. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes or until it turns a light golden color.
Step 3: Mixing Your Lemon Zest & Sugar: While your crust is baking, add the sugar to a food processor and add the zest of three lemons. ((Note: If you are using your lemons for both the zest and the lemon juice in this recipe, you may require one or wo more lemons depending on their size)) Pulse until the zest is fully incorporated and sugar is light yellow in color.
If you don’t have a food processor, don’t sweat. You can also mince the zest and mix it with the sugar in a baggie or whisk in a mixing bowl.
Step 4: Finishing Your Filling: Add the sugar and remaining ½ cup of flour to a large bowl and mix well. Pour in your fresh squeezed lemon juice and add the eggs, then mix well until completely combined.
Step 5: Bake & Let Cool: Pour your filling onto the warm crust, then transfer baking dish back into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, turning halfway through the bake.
Remove from oven and allow to cool on the counter for an hour and continue to chill in the refrigerator for two more hours.
Step 6: Dust With Powdered Sugar: Once your lemon bars are cooled, dust with powdered sugar. Using a sifter will help get rid of any clumps and keep a fresh and light layer on your bars. I put a little spin on these lemon bars, laying a cannabis leaf down first and creating a pattern. (: Cut into even squares using a clean, sharp, damp knife. Wipe and re-wet the knife after each cut to maintain clean and precise cuts.
Cooking with Cannabis-Infused Ingredients
A good starting point for ingesting cannabis edibles is to limit yourself to <5mg THC ; even less if you are new to THC-infused food. It can have the tendency to be a lot stronger, more intense, and can differ drastically from smoking it. For one, the effects can take anywhere from a half hour to 3 hours to fully metabolize, depending on an individual’s unique body and metabolic rate. In addition, because the THC is digested through your liver, and can more readily cross the body’s blood-brain barrier, the high can be stronger and last longer.
With that said, your infusion’s potency depends on many factors, from how long and hot it was cooked, to the potency of your starting product, as well as taking into consideration if your strain was indica or sativa leaning. To test the potency and effect of your finished product, try a smaller amount (<5mg) and see how that dose affects you after an hour or so. Titrate your dose as desired, and you can then use this personalized “standard” dose as a baseline for your recipes.
**Check out our dosage calculator for help in calculating your edible’s dosage @: