Cinnamon Ornaments

  • 1 c. applesauce
  • 1 (4 oz.) container ground cinnamon
  • 2 T. white liquid glue (such as Elmer's glue)
  1. Mix together the applesauce, ground cinnamon, and glue until well combined, forming a soft dough. Knead with your hands until smooth. If dough is too sticky, add some more cinnamon.
  2. Roll or pat out dough to approximately 1/2-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Use a drinking straw, pencil, or wooden skewer to cut a hole near the top for a ribbon.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet . Dry in a 200 degree oven for 2 to 3 hours. Or, set aside to air dry for 3 to 4 days, flipping about once per day.
  4. Once dry, insert a ribbon through the hole and tie it in a knot.
  • Some ground cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and/or pumpkin pie spice can be added in with the ground cinnamon.
  • Recipe makes approximately 6 ornaments cut with approximately 3-inch sized cookie cutters.  Yield will vary significantly based on the thickness the dough is rolled or patted out and the size of the cookie cutters used.
  • For a classroom-sized batch (approximately 30 ornaments), I used:  48 oz. applesauce, approximately 24 oz. ground cinnamon, and approximately 1/3 c. glue.
  • Ingredient amounts needed may vary based on the consistency of the applesauce and/or glue used.  The goal is to achieve a soft dough that's not so sticky it glops on your hands, and that can be rolled or patted out.  If after combining the ingredient amounts in the recipe the dough is not a workable consistency, add more cinnamon until a workable consistency is reached.
  • Due to the glue in this recipe, these ornaments are NOT edible.

Source:  The Kitchen is My Playground