Here’s a quick recipe for lasting Christmas ornaments.
All’s ya need is cinnamon, applesauce and glue.
You read that right: cinnamon, applesauce, and glue.
Mix together a full cup of cinnamon, 3/4 cup applesauce, and 2 tablespoons of glue. It starts out easy to mix with a spoon, but eventually you’ll want to knead it with your hands. If the mixture is too dry…..add a little more applesauce, if it’s too moist….add more cinnamon.
You know the drill….
Once it’s well-mixed, roll the dough out on a well-cinnamon-ed surface until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.
I used a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out my cookies. It’s honestly my favorite. But this project would work just as well with a ginger-man shape too.
Arrange the cookies on a cookie sheet spaced evenly to dry.
With a drinking straw, poke holes into two sides of the cookies. Y’all are gunna love where this step is headed.
If your home is dry enough, the ornaments will air-dry hard in a few days.
If you’re impatient, like me, pop them into a 200 degree oven for a few hours.
I hope I can accurately describe the smell of them baking; it’s like the house fills with a warm cinnamon explosion.
Once the “cookies”are hard, you can thread them onto a ribbon. I used a red/white striped 1” grosgrain ribbon from PaperMart.com. Cut the ribbon into a sharp point and thread it from the back first leaving a striped piece across the middle of the star.
Be prepared to re-cut the ribbon several times so it will keep slipping into the holes.
I ran a string of these stars on top of the cedar garland on the mantle in our den.
Am I right?
So cute, and easy! Thank you!
Glad you like !!! and VERY easy
Has to smell beyond wonderful.
You better believe it!!!
My family and I made batch after batch of those over 13 years ago and I want you to know they smell as amazing today as the day we made them! Love the garland idea! If I ever make them again, I am stealing your garland idea! 😊
Not stealing Sweetie….”Taking inspiration from”….heheh, I do it all the time.
Love the refresher, it has been years since I made my first cinnamon/applesauce ornaments. Love your recipe, can’t wait to try your recipe. They do last for a long time. Thank you! I love your blog!!!
Awwww shuck…we LOVE you reading our blog!
I love these ornament as a garland. I made these 30 yrs ago with my children…I completely forgot them for years. I am going to make a batch tomorrow. Can’t wait to smell them drying in my oven. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas back at ya Kathleen!!! I thought stringing them along would be something a little different. 🙂
A) TOTES charming! An adorable Christmas gift as well.
2) Y out have the officially most interesting masterpiece in Christmas block land! X-Ray? Q-tips? And just do not get me started on the stockings. Y’all are twisted in the best possible way. M.C. & HNY.
Thanks Linda. I love the X-Ray too. The stockings I made with Pendleton scraps…and the Q-Tips (lol) are white matches in a vintage match strike….for lighting fires.
Hadassah…I hate autocorrect so bad!!. Let’s try this again…you ha ve the most interesting mantel piece in blog land. So sorry.
Yes, but I think I need to see ALL your decorations because I love the little smidge I see! Thanks for sharing the recipe – I haven’t made these in years and I do love the stars, and the garland idea.
Don’t worry Susan, We’ll do a post….
Pure awesomeness! Love it 🙂
Aww shucks, Thanks Amber
Way darn cool….as usual! Love the stripes… very festive! Can’t wait to see more of your holiday home! –Erik
Don’t worry Erik, we’ve been getting everything ready for the photo shoot. Hehhee
I’ve recently heard cinnamon can be harmful to pets, so keep these out of reach!
Luckily, Harley has no interest in them…She’d rather have Milk Bones.