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WARNING: Never consume an entire spoonful of cinnamon or directly inhale the powder, as it could be harmful to your health. Carefully monitor children who are helping with this activity.
Every year we have a tradition that the kids and I make cinnamon applesauce ornaments for their regular school and Sunday school teachers and bus drivers. We have also given them as neighbor and hostess gifts. It is a really easy and affordable holiday activity and the kids love getting their hands messy and giving their teachers something they made themselves. We like to avoid the stores during Black Friday and stay home to decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I think that might be the day we make our applesauce ornaments this year.
You only need two ingredients: Applesauce and cinnamon.
Step 1: Mix equal parts cinnamon and applesauce. (I always find it needs extra applesauce.)
Step 2: Roll out dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Use extra cinnamon to “flour” your hands and rolling surface. We like to use wax paper to keep the dough from sticking to the table.
Step 3: Use a straw to poke a hole so that ribbon can be added later for hanging.
Step 4: Let air dry for several days until hardened or bake in a low oven (175-200 degrees) for a few hours, checking frequently after the first hour. If they are in the oven, turn them every 30 minutes or they will start to curl up. We bake our ornaments on top of parchment paper because this is a very sticky dough.
Once the ornaments have dried out completely, and cooled if you had them in the oven, thread ribbonthrough the hole for hanging.
I use three 3.37oz containers of cinnamon and 7 single serving cups of unsweetened applesauce and get about 3 dozen ornaments.
Some recipes use glue, but we have never used it just in case the kids eat a little bit of the dough (It won’t taste very good if they do, though. They smell much better than they taste!) We have ornaments from four years ago that are still intact, so I can attest that the glue is not needed.
They also make very cute gift tags, place cards, and favors at holiday parties.
We use holiday cookie cutters to make the shapes, like the ones you can find on Amazon through my affiliate link below:
Imagine how great your house would smell if you decorated your entire tree with these ornaments!
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