I made some cinnamon applesauce ornaments last week. They turned out quite cute and I strung them up on a ribbon and hung them over my kitchen window. And so easy-peasy. These would also make a fun children’s craft, of course. Many of you have probably done this with your children in the past, but this is amazingly the first time I’ve heard of it. (How is that possible? Do I live under a crafty-rock?)
All you do is combine 1 cup of cinnamon (yes that is 1 CUP, see that industrial sized container of cinnamon in the picture?), and 1 cup of applesauce. I just used store-brand unsweetened applesauce. I’ve read you don’t want to use handmade applesauce because it’s a bit too runny (and oh my goodness, why would you waste homemade on ornaments??!). Just mix it up with a wooden spoon and it comes together into a dough.
I then rolled it out between sheets of wax paper. It’s sticky. To about 1/8″ depth. Then, I cut out the ornaments with my cookie cutters – I used gingerbread boys and trees. I used a straw to punch a hole through the top.
Then, just leave them on a cookie sheet to dry overnight. You may want to flip them over halfway through. I decided to bake mine a bit to speed up the process, but I’m not sure if that’s the best way to do things. They don’t look good on the back, even though I tried turning them halfway. It doesn’t matter for what I was planning on doing – making a garland – but if you were making ornaments then you’d want them to look nice on the front and back. You bake them on the lowest setting you can (150 degrees or so) for an hour, turn them, and bake another hour.
They smelled rather pungent when they had just been completed, so I put them in the basement for a few days. There is only a small bit of smell now, which is preferable to me as I don’t care for strong smells (even good ones) in the house. (Okay, I know some of you are thinking, don’t you have two dogs? But, no worries, I can’t smell them. *Insert gratuitous puppy shot here.*)
When they were good and dry, I strung them on a thin holiday ribbon, tying knots in between so that they would display correctly and stay in place. Then, I hung them in front of my kitchen window. Very cute!