Cottages & Bungalows
Heirloom Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
One of Lu’s favorite traditions is making Christmas cookies.
“Is it even Christmas without baking all the Christmas goodies?” Lu asks rhetorically.
As Lu was growing up, her grandmother would gather all the grandkids at her house to decorate gingerbread cookies. Her recipe is a treasured family heirloom.
“There’s nothing better than a soft and chewy gingerbread cookie,” Lu says.
Grandma’s Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
3.5 oz. dried butterscotch
1½ cups flour
½ tsp. soda
1½ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. cinnamon
1. Mix butter and sugar.
2. Add egg and pudding mixture. 3. Add dried ingredients.
4. Chill the dough between two
and four hours in refrigerator. 5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
6. For medium-sized cookies, bake at 350 degrees (F) for 10 to 12 minutes.
“When I was about 10, I found my love for decorating when my mom let me pick out my own bedroom and bathroom décor,” Lu recalls. “It’s so crazy that she let me, because everything I picked was bright purple!”
By the time she grew up and had moved into an apartment, she already had just about everything she needed to decorate it—thanks to days spent thrifting as a teenager.
“Thrifting is something I’ve loved my whole life,” she says. “Out with the old; in with the … old!”
Now, Lu has the family and the home she dreamed of as a child, and both inspire her during the holiday season.
“Some of my favorite things in life are traditions. Christmas is the perfect time for traditions and making memories with the ones you love,” she says.
She enjoys going slowly and relishing her time decorating her home for yuletide. When her kids were younger, she decorated at night, one room at a time, and Evie and Harvey would awaken the next morning to a festive dreamland.
“But now, Evie asks to help, so I’ve recently started decorating in the day so she can join me,” Lu explains. “My home is all decorated for Christmas the week of Thanksgiving, because after that, it’s full-on tradition mode.”
If Lu were to choose a word to describe her holiday home, it would be “whimsical.” She mixes old and new
pieces, heaps of texture and unique décor pieces. As a florist with 15 years of experience, Lu naturally fills her home with Christmas florals.
“I use both silk and dried flowers, and they immediately make any space more elegant,” she notes. Soft tapers in romantic colors, diaphanous silks, knitted pom-pom garlands, taupe and pink glass mushrooms, chunky yarn stockings and fresh cedar greenery fill her home, giving it a distinctly ethereal style.