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Making New Holiday Traditions

This post has been sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company. I received product and compensation, but all options are my own. 

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?!Where has the time gone? Soon it will be time for Turkey, , stuffing, family and all of the rituals and traditions surrounding the holiday season.

When I was younger, Thanksgiving wasn’t really a big deal. Sure, we ate the turkey, watched the parade and then football, but for the most part, it was just a regular family meal with better food LOL. Last year, I decided we needed  to start creating new traditions for my own little family. I knew I wanted something easy and fun. Something that Pookah could look back on and remember as a yearly tradition unique to us. . So I decided to bake Christmas cookies, the weekend after Thanksgiving.

gluten free christmas sugar cookies

It was so much fun. That weekend always seems so busy with Black Friday Shopping and getting a tree that I decided we needed a calm in the storm. So Saturday mornings during the holiday season means baking Christmas cookies. A new one every Saturday. I get up with my cup of Folgers® coffee ready to go and he’s just ready for the sweets! 

Christmas cookie recipes

I love letting him bake and decorate because kids tend to enjoy something more that they have helped to create. And while we are baking, I tell him stories from my childhood. He loves hearing all about the holidays when I was a child: what Santa got me, what his Grandparents said, what the decorations on the tree looked like and stories of us all gathering together.

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christmas cookies

It’s important not only to start new traditions but to remember old ones and pass them on. Especially as our loved ones get older. It’s important to sit them down and ask them about family traditions and stories.  While most are happy to tell stories of the “old days,” over a cup of coffee remind them that everyone’s stories and traditions are important and that you are honored to hear theirs.


christmas cookie recipe and making traditions with Folgers

This holiday season, Folgers is partnering with the Story Corps app and the Great Thanksgiving Living Program to encourage families like yours to share your memories, traditions and stories.  Every family is full of stories and Folgers wants to reunite loved ones over coffee. To share your memories and traditions,visit Folgers and tell Folgers who you want to reunite with for a chance to have a real life family reunion.

And make sure you check out this Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe for your family this holiday season. Enjoy!

5 from 6 votes

Making New Holiday Traditions

Easy Gluten Free Christmas Cookies
Course Gluten Free Christmas Cookies
Author LaShawn Wiltz


  • 1/2 cup of Butter unsalted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2.5 cups of All Purpose Gluten Free Flour a brand that works for you
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum omit this if it isincluded in your flour blend
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp of salt


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350
  2. In one bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt
  3. In your mixer, add white sugar, butter, and vanilla extract together
  4. Next beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until mixture is smooth. Mix butter mixture into flour mixture and form dough into a ball.
  5. Wrap ball with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into shapes using cookie cutters of your choice.
  7. Arrange cookies on a baking sheet.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until edges begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Folgers®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    November 16, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I love this so much! The holidays are a time when family comes together and really enjoys each other. Why should it just be another day with better food?!

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    November 16, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I am beyond the moon excited to make Christmas cookies this year! I’d love to share my memories with Folgers, heading there now

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    November 16, 2017 at 10:53 am

    This is such a fun idea. My nephew and my niece because of allergies have to be gluten-free so this would be a perfect recipe for them.

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    November 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    We make cookies every Christmas. It’s our thing that we do! It’s so much fun to bake up batches of cookies and “secretly” eat some dough when no one is looking.

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    Dawn Lopez
    November 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    This sounds like the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. Plus who wouldn’t want Christmas cookies all freshly baked and ready to eat? I say this is a great tradition!

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    November 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I love the idea of a calm in the storm. Holiday traditions, old and new, are wonderful.

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    Liz Mays
    November 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    It would be fun to try some new things and maybe create new traditions each year. Anything I do with my family can be fun!

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    Claudia Krusch
    November 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    I am always looking for new gluten free recipes to try. These cookies will be great for my cookie exchange this year. I love our family traditions. They are what make the holidays so special for me.

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    Amy Desrosiers
    November 16, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Tis the season of baking! This recipe looks amazing!

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    Amy Desrosiers
    November 16, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Tis the season of baking! This recipe looks so amazing!

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    November 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Gluten free Christmas cookies for the win! With a name like Black Silk I need to try this coffee. Sounds extra smooth!

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    Jenn Mitchell
    November 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Making cookies together is always so much fun. Such an amazing family tradition and we will need to try these cookies!

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    November 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing I was thinking today about baking this year something I’ve never done.

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    November 16, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    I was just thinking about how soon we can start baking Christmas cookies! I love all the holiday traditions … and I love a cup of Folgers!

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    November 16, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Yes we bake cookies too. Even atalmost 5 years old, Zoe talks about the Cookie we baked last year and the year before. A perfect tradition. Let me check out the Story Corps App.

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    Alison M.
    November 16, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I love the idea of Chirstmas cookies and folgers coffee. This is something I need to do this year with my family.

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    November 17, 2017 at 2:06 am

    I love making homemade cookies with my kids. We do this every single year and the kids just love it. I love that they enjoy doing it even as they get older.

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    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    November 17, 2017 at 4:18 am

    I love holiday baking with my kids! Such a fun tradition I would love to keep!

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    Jessica T
    November 20, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I love creating new traditions with my family. We have so many fun things to look forward to over the Holidays!

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    November 20, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Traditions are so important. I really love doing these things with my kids over the Holidays and creating memories.

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