There’s a good chance you’ve made these ornaments before. There’s a good chance you were in the single digits when you did. And if that’s the case, there’s a good chance it’s still hanging on a tree again this year.
5 year-old me may not have appreciated a 2 ingredient recipe that makes my house smell amazing and requires 2 hours of downtime (during which you’re practically forced to watch a Christmas favorite). 32 year-old me does.
1 cup cinnamon
1/3 – 1/2 cup applesauce
Tip: most dollar stores sell spices and often applesauce too!
craft glue (optional – some recipes use between 1/4 to 1/2 cup glue to make these practically permanent. I never have, but feel free to experiment). If using glue, reduce your applesauce to 1/2 cup.
a straw (or other pokey tool to make hangable ornaments)
a butter knife (to make gift toppers)
In a large bowl, mix together your cinnamon and applesauce. Add your applesauce gradually so you can adjust the texture until it’s similar to sugar cookie dough.
Once it’s crumbly, you’ll need to use your hands to finish mixing.
Form a ball of dough, and place it between two sheets of wax paper. A sprinkle of extra cinnamon will keep the dough from sticking. Roll the dough to your desired thickness. 1/4 inch is a safe bet and keeps the ornaments durable.
Cut out your shapes and use your straw to make a hole where the ornament will be hung.
If you’re making gift toppers, slice two 1 inch lines into the center (wiggle your knife a bit so that a ribbon can easily slide through).
Place your ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 2 hours, flipping them once.
If you prefer instead, you can air dry these for 24 hours.
The smell of these while they bake has always been my favorite so I’ve never gone the air-dry route. But maybe your oven is so full of Christmas cookies baking that air-dry is your only choice.
Once they’re dry, you can decorate them with paint, glitter, or just leave them sweet and simple.
Hang them up as ornaments, thread ribbon through them for gift toppers, or string them together for the sweetest smelling garland.
These (and their cinnamon scent) will last for years and years!
Making these as a gift or want a fun way to remember this (oh so complicated) recipe?