Classic Cinnamon Ornaments
I vividly remember being in 1st or 2nd grade and making these cinnamon ornaments for the first time. I remember the strong, fragrant scent of the apples and cinnamon filling the classroom - and even though I lived in Honolulu at the time, I remember feeling like I was transported to a country log cabin in the snow. Pretty much ever since then, one of my favorite scents of the holidays has been that of Cinnamon Ornaments. Anytime I walk past the cinnamon pinecones in the store... I float away to Heaven.
I can't believe that it's taken me this long to share these with my boys!! They are so cute and rustic, and the smell they put off is just incredible. They're made with a simple 3 ingredient recipe, it rolls out nicely, and cuts out great. I do have to say, that I either didn't roll it out thin enough or something... but they took FOREVER to dry. We made them on a Sunday and they weren't fully dry until Wednesday! I was tempted to bake them, which you're not supposed to have to do, but if you're in a hurry, I'd say it would be ok to just put them in a low temp oven and warm them up to dry them better.
-1/2 Cup White School Glue
-2 Cups Applesauce
-2 Cups Cinnamon
-Some Puffy Paint for "Icing" (Optional)
First, add in the glue into a large bowl. Easy measurements for kiddos to get involved.
Then add in the applesauce!
Once you add in the cinnamon, mix it up! We used a hand mixer, but you can use a stand mixer or even a whisk.
I found that letting the dough settle in the bowl for like 15 minutes to get tacky helped with the rolling out process. Once it was settled, I was able to form the dough into a ball, press onto a piece of parchment paper (for easy clean up) and roll out with ease. If you find that the dough is a little sticky, simply sprinkle some cinnamon on top (as if you would with flour for cookie dough).
Use Christmas cookie cutters to create your ornament shapes.
Don't forget to add a place for a string! I used a plastic straw to punch out a hole on the top of each ornament. Then... you wait... and wait... and wait some more. It took about 3 days for them to completely dry. As mentioned above, you could probably put them in the oven for a little while to make it go faster.
Once they are dry, you can hang them as they are, or you can take some puffy paint and add some "icing" to them. Then, you can take any type of string (I used a rustic twine), and tie it into a loop. Voila! You're all done, and they are ready to hang on the tree!