Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament Recipe for Christmas
I love the smell of cinnamon in a house around the holidays! There is something about that warm-spice smell that makes me think of snow, family, decorations, and sleigh-rides. These easy to make ornaments have been a family tradition since before I was a kid. My mom learned how to make these from her mom and we still have a few of these ornaments in our Christmas tree decoration box from when she was a young girl in the 1950s!
We carry on this tradition in our house today and make a batch or two every year for ourselves or as cute little gifts for friends, neighbors, teachers, and co-workers. The original recipe from my grandmother has three ingredients, cinnamon, applesauce and glue. I’m not sure why there was glue in her recipe as I have made these both with and without glue and I can not really tell any difference. As we have kids and dogs around the house, I make these ornaments without glue just in case some critter decides to eat one as a snack. These wouldn’t taste very good considering all the cinnamon in the recipe, but we have found that dogs don’t seem to mind!
Gather your favorite Christmas cookie cutters and have fun with this kitchen craft! We love to turn on good old Christmas carols and sing along as we spend time together.
Just a note – I know many of us make our own applesauce but don’t use up your good homemade batches on this recipe. Most stores sell large containers of applesauce extremely cheap. This goes for the cinnamon as well. I usually pick up a couple of the cheap jars at the Dollar Store or even at our local discount store. If you use low price items, you will find that a whole batch of these cinnamon ornaments will only cost you about $4.00 which is terrific if you are looking for some cute but inexpensive gifts this year!
Recipe: (this will make about 2 dozen ornaments – depending on the size of your cookie cutters)
2 cups applesauce
2 cups of cinnamon
In a medium size bowl combine the applesauce and cinnamon (careful as you stir or you will get a cloud of cinnamon in the air!).
Stir until the dough forms a thick dough. You may need to use a little more cinnamon. I like to then use my hands to get the dough mixed into ball form.
Once in ball form you can use the dough right away or I find that if I refrigerate it overnight or for a few hours it is easier to roll out and cut. If you do refrigerate the dough, cover lightly with plastic wrap.
When you are ready to roll out the dough, sprinkle cinnamon on your surface and on the dough or rolling-pin so it does not stick.
Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out the ornaments as you normally would if you were baking cookies. Use a straw to cut out holes in the top of the ornaments so you can hang them later. You can also use a toothpick and wiggle it around a bit to get a hole large enough for ribbon.
Once your cookies are all cut out, lay them on an un-greased baking sheet. They can be placed close to each other, though not touching, as they will not rise and may actually shrink up a little.
Heat your oven to 200°F and set your baking sheet inside to dry. At this low temperature the cookies should not burn but keep an eye on them anyway. Oven dry your ornaments for 3-4 hours or until hard and dry. You can also let your ornaments air dry but that will take up to several days.
Once dry, use festive ribbon to hang your ornaments. One year we did our entire Christmas tree with these cinnamon ornaments and it was beautiful! The whole house smelled of pine and cinnamon! We also like to use these ornaments to tie onto gifts or to give away at holiday parties either as a “thank you for coming gift” or we tie it onto a bottle of wine as a hostess gift when we go to a party. There are so many fun things to do with these ornaments – enjoy!
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