Cinnamon is a natural preservative so these last a long time as long as they are stored with the same care as other potentially fragile ornaments. And what I love most about them is that they smell amazing – for a long time! When I made these, my husband said, “Smells like Christmas in here!” Raya just said, “Cookie!” – so I am also happy to report that while they don’t taste very good, if someone attempts to munch it, it’s at least safe.
To make your cinnamon dough, mix a 4 – oz. bottle of cinnamon (yes, the whole thing) with 3/4 – 1 c. of applesauce. It will depend on how “wet” your applesauce is as to just how much you will need, so add 1/2 cup first and stir it up, and add it a tablespoon or two at a time until you have a nice stiff dough. All it needs to do is stick together as dough – it should be fairly dry.
**Note – I was using regular/standard sized cookie cutters, and this size batch made me 16 ornaments. You will get more or less from this depending on how thick you roll your dough, and how big/full your cookie cutters are.
Roll it out like you would do for cookies. I rolled mine between sheets of wax paper to keep things clean. ;) But use the method you like best!
Once it’s 1/4 inch thick, cut your shapes with cookie cutters. I made gingerbread men and snowflakes. You’ll want to poke a hole in them for hanging – I found a straw worked really well.
Now, you can either air-dry them for several days, or to speed things up, bake them in a very low oven (150F) for an hour on each side. If you opt to let them air-dry, you’ll want to turn them about twice a day, so they dry evenly.
If you opt to bake them, set them on a wire rack to finish drying. Mine needed another half day or so to harden totally.
Once they are dry, you can add a string and hang them! I was originally going to use some white puff paint to add details, but as many times as Raya has tried to eat one, I’m going to stick with the rustic (non-toxic!) look. I’m still trying to decide what to do with the snowflakes… I’m thinking a garland. Thoughts?
So, what Christmas crafts were your favorite as a kid?
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