Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cinnamon Applesauce Holiday Ornaments

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Recently while trying to organize some of my recipes, I ran across an oldie - cinnamon applesauce holiday ornaments. 

I first made these 10-15 years ago and can't believe I forgot all about them.
They make your house smell amazing while they are baking and the aroma continues all through the holidays when you hang them on your tree. They are super easy to make and would be a fun project with the kids.

All you need is applesauce, ground cinnamon and some ribbon, yarn or bakers twine to hang them.
I purchased the cinnamon and applesauce from the Dollar Store because it takes at lot of cinnamon.
The project only cost $3. 

Let's get started.

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
Pour 1 cup of ground cinnamon into a large mixing bowl.
Add 1 cup of applesauce and stir....alot. 
Once that is combined add more cinnamon (1/2 cup).
I also added 1 T ground cloves, but that is optional.
Keep mixing and mixing and mixing. 
I rolled up my sleeves and started mixing with my hands.
You don't want the dough to be too wet or too dry. 
It takes awhile for it to all get mixed together, so don't get discouraged.
If you feel it is too wet add more cinnamon.  Too dry?  Add more applesauce.
I didn't need to add any additional.

Once you have it well mixed, sprinkle some cinnamon onto your counter top and then begin rolling out the dough.  I used mini hearts and star cookie cutters that were about 1 inch in size.

I wanted the edges on mine to be smooth, not like the ones pictured above, so I patted around the edges of each one before I placed them on the baking sheet.
Tedious I know, but I'm OCD like that :)

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
You don't need to space them too far apart from each other because the dough will not rise or expand.
Poke a hole through the dough for the string.
I used a plastic straw-like coffee stirer. 
Once they are all cut out and holes are punched, place them in the oven.
Bake for 1- 1/2 hours.  Turn off the oven and leave them in over night.
The next day they should be ready to use.

Use yarn, ribbon or bakers twine to hang them on your tree or to add a festive touch to a package.
This recipe made 104 mini ornaments.

Don't they look pretty!

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  1. I did these w/my childcare kids 2 years ago. putting them on the list for this year!! thanks for the remnder! LOVE the itty bitty ones you made for tages!

  2. I love these! Thanks for sharing! I'm not having a tree this year, but I can see garlands of them hanging around the house!


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