Cinnamon Ornaments

What are some of the best parts of Christmas time? Yup, you’ve got it – decorating, wonderful smells and tasty treats! What if you could mix all three of those things into one? Well, you can…sort of.

Cinnamon ornaments are an old tradition in my family and I think they should be a tradition for everyone. They’re beautifully simple decorations for your tree and they come at a great price point. All you need in two ingredients – applesauce and ground cinnamon – and you’ll have sugar plum fairies dancing around your kitchen.

Cinnamon ornaments, coming right up! Mix together the ground cinnamon and applesauce in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Once mixed, sprinkle a flat surface with more cinnamon and roll your dough until it’s about a fourth inch thick. Don’t forget to sprinkle your dough with cinnamon if things get too sticky.

Using cookie cutters, cut your desired ornament shapes out of the dough and place them on a pan. Make sure they aren’t touching. Don’t forget to poke a hole in each ornament so you can hang them up later. A kabob skewer works well for this.

Now it’s time for baking your ornaments. Pop those babies into the oven and let them cook for an hour and a half to two hours or until rock hard. You can also let them dry for a few days out in the open, without heat.

After they’ve cooled, loop a string through the hole you made and start decorating!

As good as they smell…don’t eat them! Although these are made of things you can eat, I wouldn’t recommend it. They smell great but they definitely won’t taste it.

For years to comeYou can keep enjoying these ornaments year after year. They will last, and keep smelling good, for a while if you take care of them. I’ve got a few left from my childhood that are probably 15 years old and I’m still decorating with them to-date.

I hope you love these as much as I do! They’re great for kids and adults alike and can help create a cherished memory forever.

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Ornaments

Temp: 200 degrees  |  Prep Time: 30 min.  |  Cook Time: 1.5-2 hours

Ingredients & Supplies

  • 1 Cup Applesauce
  • 1 – 1 1/4 Cup Ground Cinnamon
  • Stuff you’ve got around the house:
    • String or something to hang your ornaments
    • Stand mixer or spoon
    • Rolling pin
    • Cookie cutters or a great imagination and a knife
    • Tool to make a hole for your string aka. a kabob skewer
    • Spatula to pick up ornaments
    • Baking sheet
    • Oven
    • Optional – parchment paper

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix together 1 cup of ground cinnamon and 1-1 1/4 cups of applesauce in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. You can mix my hand but it will take quite a bit longer.

While mixing, prepare your surface by sprinkling a generous amount of cinnamon on your counter or flat surface. When cinnamon and applesauce have mixed into a dough, stop your mixer and remove the dough. Place it in the middle of your prepared surface and start rolling out the dough with a rolling pin. I coat my rolling pin with extra cinnamon to help keep it from sticking. You can also sprinkle your dough with cinnamon if things get too sticky. Roll your dough until it’s about a fourth inch thick.

Select a few of your favorite, simple cookie cutters to make your ornaments. I prefer metal, open-top cutters – them seem easier to use and the dough doesn’t get stuck in them. I also suggest simple shapes, like a start or tree, because you have less opportunity to mess up the shape and it will be simple to see on your tree.

Using cookie cutters, cut your desired ornament shapes out of the dough and place them on a pan. Make sure they aren’t touching on the pan. It’s been suggested to use parchment paper on the pan before you place the ornaments but this isn’t a must. The benefit of using parchment paper is that the ornaments will come off of the pan easier and will be less likely to break.

Once they’re on the pan, you’ll want to poke a hole in each ornament so you can hang them up later. The large side of a wood kabob skewer works well for making a hole.

Now it’s time for baking your ornaments. Pop those babies into the oven and let them cook for an hour and a half to two hours or until rock hard. You can also let them dry for a few days out in the open, without heat.

After they’ve cooled, loop a string through the hole you made and start decorating your tree!

With these little gems, I hope your house smells and looks great all season long! 

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