Homemade Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments Recipe

by beth on December 20, 2010

Last year for Christ­mas we made home­made Christ­mas orna­ments.  I took pic­tures & meant to post them, but then wor­ried that if I did fam­ily would fig­ure out our gift sur­prise that the kids were work­ing hard on. And so these pic­tures & recipe have been wait­ing for a year to be shared.

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It was easy to do & made the house smell won­der­ful. We dou­bled the batch below & made some for our Christ­mas tree too. If you pack them away well you can use them year after year. Ours are cur­rently hang­ing on our tree. It was a lot of excite­ment for the kids who, when we opened the Christ­mas orna­ments con­tain­ers to dec­o­rate yes­ter­day, squealed with joy over see­ing their hard-work from the year before star­ing back at them. And so I’m shar­ing this really great way to fill out the final week before Christmas.

What You Need:

1 Cup Cin­na­mon
1 Table­spoon All­spice
2 Table­spoons Cloves
1 Table­spoon Nut­meg
1 Table­spoon Gin­ger
3/4 Cup Applesauce

Pre­heat oven to 150 degrees

If you do not want to use your oven, you can also let these air dry on dry­ing racks for 4–5 days until they are dry & hard­ened.  You would fol­low all the same instruc­tions below except those related to bak­ing them.

How To Put It Together:

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In a medium mix­ing bowl you will com­bine all your spices: cin­na­mon, cloves, all­spice, gin­ger & nut­meg.  It has strong & very sea­sonal aroma.  It made the house smell like Christ­mas right away.

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Then add in your apple­sauce.  Stir to com­bine. You won’t need as many spoons as I had, but at the time I had 3 helpers who all wanted to stir.  So every­one got to help. If we did the same thing this year we’d have 4 as D-man would need to get in on the action.

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Now you want to work the dough with your hands.  Take about 2 to 3 min­utes or until dough is smooth.  All the ingre­di­ents should be fully incorporated.

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Roll out dough to  about a 1/4 inch thick­ness. Cut dough with cookie cut­ters. Use any shape you want. We choose just a cou­ple Hol­i­day themed ones & made those.

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Using straw or pen­cil, make small hole in top of orna­ment.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at  150 degrees for about an 1 hour. After your orna­ments are dried you use the holes to pull rib­bon or thread through. I found a few dif­fer­ent rib­bons & mixed them up.

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Remove from the cookie sheet and bake on the oven racks for another hour and a half.

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Then put them on dry­ing racks to cool.

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Once they are cooled you can add your rib­bon or thread.  Then you can hang them on your tree, wrap them for gifts (I sug­gest putting them in tis­sue paper) or if you have any duds you can break those up mix with some dried orange or lemon peel & use as a potpourri.

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1 beths_confusion December 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm

[New Post] Homemade Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments Recipe – http://theconfusedhomemaker.com/2010/12/

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2 faemom December 21, 2010 at 2:46 am

We made these last year too! But I use only cinnamon and applesauce.

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3 beth December 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

They are fun to make & they kept the kids semi-occupied ;)

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4 angie December 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm

You picked the cutest ribbons to compliment your great ornaments!

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5 beth December 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Thanks Angie. I had fun looking through the extra ribbons at the store to pick them.

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