Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Ornaments

It’s been years since I made cinnamon dough ornaments with the kiddos…in fact, I think the last time we made them, Kate was a baby.  Cam and I made a bunch of them in the shape of gingerbread men.  We had them, and they retained their smell until last year…when we got our puppy. I’m pretty sure he thought they were dog treats.  I loved walking past our tree and smelling the cinnamon…the sweet and spicy smell of Christmas.  So, I asked Kate if she wanted to make some new cinnamon dough ornaments, and of course she did…that’s my girl!

First…preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
You will need equal parts of cinnamon and store bought applesauce.  We used 2/3 cup of each.
You can mix them in a bowl, but I took the easy way out and used our Ninja since it has a dough hook.  Kate added the cinnamon, then the applesauce and blended well.
Next, she rolled out the dough…if it’s too sticky, just sprinkle a little cinnamon on top to keep it from sticking to your rolling pin.  Don’t have a rolling pin???  Use a tin can to roll out your dough.
Roll your cinnamon dough out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick, then use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes.  We used mini cookie cutters for ours.  Lay all of your shapes out on a cookie sheet.
Use a straw to make holes in the tops of the ornaments before you bake them.  Once they all have holes, bake them at 200 degrees until they harden.  Ours took about an hour, but your oven may differ from ours.  Once you have taken them out and they have fully cooled, sting ribbon, twine, or hooks through the holes.
And hang wherever you like.  I bought a smallish real tree this weekend at our local tree farm, so we hung ours there…isn’t it just perfect?  No lights or sparkly ornaments…just cinnamon and pine smells coming from this little tree…our other tree is a completely different story :)
Does your family make their own ornaments every year?  I would love for you to share your Holiday traditions with me…
~Jessica


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