Every year, since 1998, I make a different cinnamon applesauce ornament.
I do a different shape every year. Last year I made a dove, and this year an ornament shape.
This is what you need to make your own cinnamon applesauce ornaments.
• 3/4 cup applesauce
• 1 bottle (4.12 oz) ground cinnamon
• cookie cutter
• wood rolling pin & wood cutting board (wood helps absorb some of the moisture from the dough)
• drying rack
• black marker
• hot glue gun
Makes 12-15 ornaments.
Cinnamon can be expensive. I get mine at the local market, called the River Market, and I go to the "spice man." It's only $1 a scoop! Two scoops will give me enough for the recipe.
I have an old 3.74 oz bottle. I use that, plus a quarter of the bottle, to measure the 4.12 oz.
Also some recipes calls for glue, such as Elmer's. I don't use that, nor any glitter or sprinkles. I like the natural gingerbread look.
Mix applesauce with cinnamon to form a stiff dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter.
Make a hole in top of ornament with a straw.
I like to use a spatula to help me get the ornament off of the cutting board.
I use the straw again to push the hole out. I also like to take the handle of a paintbrush to smooth out any rough edges.
Carefully lay ornaments on a rack to dry.
I also like to take the left over dough and make a little cinnamon ball as an air freshener.
It takes a day for the ornaments to dry.
After a few a years ago I started to write the year on the back with a black marker.
The fun part is finding ribbon to coordinate with the ornament shape. I found some super cute ribbon with holiday ornaments on it. HOW PERFECT!
Cut about 6 inches or so.
One year I got ribbon tape and I loved it. Looks so much nicer when the ribbon is one nice loop instead of tying a knot. So I use a hot glue gun to glue the edges together.
As gifts for my friends and co-workers I make a little card with an image of the ornament shape for the cover.
I punch a hole in the corner and string it onto the ornament.
This year I'm super late, so they'll have to be new year's gifts.
I also tried to make a cupcake ornament.
I went against my non-decoration rule and I used some white puffy paint to make some sprinkles and a cupcake liner. The cupcake cookie cutter shape by itself didn't look like a cupcake. But I like the white icing gingerbread look.
Store your ornaments in a plastic bag or container so they'll keep their cinnamon smell for next year.
Here are the ornaments on our little white tree.