Dear Readers, 

 

I am happy to announce my first blog post of Kristina Lucia Teddy Bears!  For this feature, I decided to write about Valentine’s Day.  What are your memories of Valentine’s day as a child?  So many images arise from handing out valentines, making valentine mailboxes, and receiving heartfelt messages back.  It is a great opportunity to be creative and the artistic possibilities are endless!  Personally, my most memorable Valentine’s day was when I was eight.  I won the award for best dressed for the holiday.  Indeed, with my red corduroy skirt with heart balloon applique, sweater with a dog holding a heart, and sweet tart bows in my braided hair I was quite the Valentine girl.  As a reward for my ensemble, I was awarded a prize of Jan Brett’s The Mitten.  To this day it is still one of my favorite childhood stories and I have gifted it to many special children in my life! 

 

Now as an adult I celebrate this holiday by reaching out to all those I love and making custom Valentine cards for my friend’s children.  This holiday is a great way to say I love you fearlessly to the loved ones in your life.  

 

Also, I wanted to share with you a favorite recipe of mine that I bake for my loved ones!  Please see below for the recipe of my famous gingerbread cookies which I coat in dark chocolate.  I bake them numerous times of the year due to their popularity and Valentine’s Day is one of those occasions! I hope you enjoy them as much as my friends do.

 

Love Always, 

Kristina Lucia xoxo

Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

INGREDIENTS FOR COOKIES:

  •       3 cups all-purpose flour
  •       1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  •       1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  •       1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  •       1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •       1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •       1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  •       1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  •       1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  •       1 cup (firmly packed) dark brown sugar
  •       1/2 cup granulated sugar
  •       1 large egg
  •       1/4 cup molasses
  •       Melting chocolate (white, milk, or dark chocolate)

 

PREPARATION

  1.   In stand mixer, beat butter and sugars together till light and fluffy.  Add egg and then molasses to the mixture.
  2.   Gradually add dry ingredients to this mixture.  Once fully combined, cover the bowl and refrigerate.  (Most recipes recommend 2 hours, but I highly suggest refrigerating the dough overnight).
  3.   Preheat oven to 350°F
  4.   Coat the counter and rolling pin lightly with flour and roll out the dough.  Use the cookie cutter shape of your desire.  (I personally use hearts for Valentine’s Day)
  5.   Lay out cookies on baking sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes.  (I recommend that you keep an eye on your cookies to make sure they do not overcook.  Every oven is different!)
  6.   Once the cookies have cooled, melt the melting chocolate and drizzle over the cookies.  Let your imagination fly as to whether you want to drizzle chocolate on or cover half/ the whole cookie!  There is no right or wrong!)

7.    Eat and enjoy with loved ones