Add the scent of cinnamon to your holiday with homemade cinnamon Christmas ornaments. These ornaments can be hung from the Christmas tree, used to decorate packages, strung together to make a beautifully scented garland, or as great holiday gifts. Since the recipe is simple these are a great Christmas craft project to do with kids!
This recipe makes 12 – 14 medium sized Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments. It takes about 15 minutes to make and knead the dough, and 2 1/2 hours to bake, for a total time of 2 hours, 45 minutes.
- 1 cup cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. ground cloves
- 1 tbsp. nutmeg
- 3/4 cup applesauce
Making the Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments:
- Preheat oven to 150°.
- In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves & nutmeg.
- Add applesauce, stir to combine.
- Work the dough with your hands for 3 or 4 minutes until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- If the dough is a little crumbly, add a tablespoon of applesause at a time to it until it is smooth and a bit sticky.
- Roll out dough to 1/3 inch thickness. It will be sticky, so be careful with it. You can use cinnamon like flour on your pin and rolling surface to stop it from sticking.
- Cut dough with cookie cutters. Simple shapes like hearts, bells, trees and gingermen are easier to work with than cutters with complicated shapes.
- Using straw make small hole in top of ornament.
- Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 150 degrees for 2 1/2 hours
- Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
- Loop a ribbon through the top.
- You can dry ornaments without the oven. Set them on the wire rack at room temperature, and let them stand 2 days or until completely dry. Turn them a few times throughout the process so they dry even and flat.
- If you have a food dehydrator you could also dry them in that.
- You can use acrylic paints to decorate the ornaments once they are dry.
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