Sharing a last minute Christmas post just in case you’re looking for a family activity to add to your Christmas festivities. My family has a Cinnamon Ornament tradition that we do on momentous years. We make these 2 ingredient cinnamon ornaments…. You make a quick “dough.” You use cookie cutters to shape the ornaments. We love to add finger prints, etching, etc. and then you bake them.
THE BEST PART… these cinnamon ornaments smell amazing for yearssss. If anyone has tried these, you’re probably nodding your head right now. My family and I first made these when I was maybe 10 years old. My mom still has them and they fragrance the little alpine trees she hangs them on.
The first year Anthony and I moved in together, we made a batch and bought a small Christmas tree for the cinnamon ornaments. This year, we made another batch with Leo, which you can see in the photos below.
CINNAMON ORNAMENT RECIPE (we use the McCormicks recipe)
What you’ll need…
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 2 bottles (2.37 oz. each) ground cinnamon
- Cookie cutters
- Drinking straw
- Colorful ribbon
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F
2. Mix the applesauce and cinnamon in a small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed (you may need to use your hands to incorporate all the cinnamon)
3. Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4 inch to 1/3 inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap
4. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap
note: we also find you can sometimes just flatten it out with your hand to make it easier
5. Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters
6. Make a hole at the top of the ornament with a drinking straw or skewer
7. Place ornaments on baking sheet
8. Bake 2 1/2 hours.
9. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally)
10. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers if desired.