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…

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  1. says

    We did some pumpkin pie spice ornaments in the fall kind of like this, but this recipe you just shared is waaaay simpler! My kinda thing! I could definitely see this one being done on the weekend around here. Your tree looks just perfect now and I love how you have it in that big metal thing. What would you call that? A bucket? A bin? A trough?

  2. says

    What a fun family craft project! This would also be great to set up for a Kids Craft table at all those holiday parties. :)
    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  3. says

    Jessica! So beautiful! I love this!!! I see a trip for applesauce tonight… Since I’ve got the cinnamon. :) Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  4. says

    Okay, you are too cute, Jessica! Love this post! Can I come live at your house? :)

  5. says

    Mmm! I’ll bet those smell SO yummy. They sure look cute on your tree. Love the coppery tub it’s nestled in :)

  6. says

    I have a small tree near my entry way too & it’s calling out for some cinnamon dough ornaments. What a great alternative to salt dough with the bonus of a great smell!

  7. says

    I love this! I am going to use this recipe for my classroom. It will make the room smell so nice!

  8. says

    This is so sweet! I love making ornaments like those.

    Have a great week!


  9. says

    What a wonderful idea for ornaments and I just have to Pin this, it’s a keeper! Your tree looks great too, love that bucket it’s in!

  10. says

    wow i didnt realize how simple these were to make! I’ll have to make some so my home smells like cinnamon too!

  11. Anonymous says

    Besides decorating a tree. which is beautiful I am thinking other things you could use this for. I am going to work on it and if it works I will get back to you Thank You

  12. Melinda says

    What is around the tree?burlap?

    • says

      Yes, it’s just some burlap that I added around the base of the tree. Hope this helps! ~Jess

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