Making cinnamon applesauce ornaments is such a fun and festive activity to do with your children at the holidays! Not only are they easy to make, but they smell so good hanging on your Christmas tree or decorating packages.
I found this recipe on Pinterest (from Allyson at All Our Days) last year, and my kids had so much fun making their own ornaments. They are also very proud to be able to give family and friends something that they made with their own hands.
All you need is plain applesauce and cinnamon…lots of cinnamon! I purchased mine at Aldi, where I was able to get 2 containers for about $2.
To begin, mix together plain applesauce and cinnamon until it forms a dough. We started out with 1 cup of each, then added more cinnamon until the dough became dry.
When your dough is the right consistency, dump it onto a protected surface for rolling out. (I was afraid that the large amount of cinnamon might discolor my countertops, so we used a dishwasher-safe cutting board). Instead of flour, you will want to use more cinnamon to roll out your dough.
Roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick, then use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. We tried to use cookie cutters that had one large shape to them, such as a star or heart, and those seemed to work best. Our snowmen didn’t turn out very well, as they became a bit misshapen, but the gingerbread men and candy canes came out great.
Because these ornaments don’t rise in the oven, you can pack them close together on a baking sheet. After they are on the sheet, use a pencil tip or skewer to make a hole in the top of each ornament. It’s best to make the hole bigger than you think you need, because you want to make sure that it’s large enough to get some twine or cording through them for hanging.
Bake the ornaments for about an hour or so at 200 degrees, or until they are completely dried out and hard. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet.
I used a bit of rustic-looking cord that I picked up at Hobby Lobby to make a hanger for each ornament. I just love the simple country look that it gives.
These ornaments look so pretty on a tree, and they smell good to boot! I also used one to decorate a canister of homemade hot cocoa mix that I’m bringing to a party next week.
I hope you enjoy making these fun Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments with your own children!