Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

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.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments decorating a Christmas tree

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.

jar of applesauce, jar of cinnamon and a rolling pin

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.

blue mixing bowl with cinnamon applesauce dough inside

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.

young girl rolling out cinnamon applesauce dough

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.

young kids cutting out cinnamon applesauce ornaments using cookie cutters

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.

cinnamon applesauce ornaments on a cookie sheet lined with foil

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.

baked cinnamon applesauce ornaments with cord hangers

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.

cinnamon applesauce ornaments hanging on a Christmas tree

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.

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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments


  • 1 c. plain applesauce
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups cinnamon plus extra for rolling out dough


  1. Combine applesauce with approximately 1 cup cinnamon to begin, adding more cinnamon as needed to achieve a dough-like consistency.
  2. Roll out dough on a protected work surface, using extra cinnamon for dusting surface and rolling pin. Roll dough to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  3. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters, then lay them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Use a skewer to make holes in the top of each ornament.
  4. Bake ornaments at 200 degrees for approximately 60-90 minutes, or until they are completely dry and hard. Cool completely before handling.

I hope you enjoy making these fun Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments with your own children!


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18 thoughts on “Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments”

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    I know my kids would love to make these. We have made ornaments in the past but not for the last few years. I think we would have to put these up on the tree where the dogs wouldn’t eat them. Our dogs will eat just about anything.

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    I’ve got to make these! We actually made cinnamon ornaments as a dorm activity in college and I still have mine on my tree. Would love to make these with my stepdaughter now that she’s in college!

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      Hi Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

      I haven’t tried painting the ornaments because I wanted to be able to keep the cinnamon scent of the ornaments, plus, I like the rustic, country look of them. If you try painting them, let me know how they turn out!

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      Hi Nicola! Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

      I made these ornament with my kids about 3 years ago, and they are still holding up fine. In fact, they are currently on my Christmas tree in the living room!

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    I have mixed up my “dough” and it is tacky. I used off brand applesauce from WalMart. It did seem a little runny. I can’t believe the amount of cinnamon I have used already. Any other suggestions or should I keep using more cinnamon? When I say tacky, it starts to feel dry, but when i roll it between 2 pieces of wax paper, it sticks to the wax paper.

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      Hi Debbie…I’m so glad that you’re making these ornaments πŸ™‚

      I would just continue adding more cinnamon until you can roll it out without too much sticking. Yes, it is a lot of cinnamon!

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    5 stars
    High Erin, I am planning to make these with my Granddaughter during the Christmas break from school. I would like to know what make of apple sauce did you use? Or does it not matter.
    Merry Christmas from a town in Norfolk England.

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      Hello Isabella! I’m so pleased that you are going to make these ornaments with your granddaughter! I hope you both enjoy them πŸ™‚

      I’m not sure what kinds of applesauce you have in the UK, but here in the US, we have a plain applesauce that is rather thin and smooth (as in it doesn’t have chunks of cooked apple in it). I used the Aldi brand in this recipe, but you could also use Mott’s brand, if it’s available there. You could also make your own from cooked down apples, just making sure to mash them really well so that there aren’t any chunks. Hope that helps!

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        Thank you Erin that is most helpful, we have an Aldi store here in the uk πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ so will be making a trip into the store. I think πŸ’­ that is the same as yours, our Aldi is owned by a German Family is your Aldi a German store?.

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