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Recipe: Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments

When I was a child we lived in Virginia. My mother was part of the local historical society, and there was an annual tour of historical homes and buildings that the society would run. This happened to coincide with the holiday season and so the homes and buildings were all decorated to the nines. One of the 'catches' is that all of the decorations had to be natural. One of the things we'd crank out yearly as we made decorations for the tour, were Applesauce Cinnamon ornaments. Trust me, there's too much Cinnamon in them to be tasty, but they certainly smell good and bring a great deal of charm to a tree, as well as filling the room with such a homey fragrance.

They're easy to make, and a great project to make with your kids. In addition to ornaments on trees, they can also be used to add some ornamentation to the presentation of a gift by making them decorative features to gift-wrapping and gift-baskets and bags.

Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments


3/4 cup applesauce
1 bottle (4.12 ounces) Ground Cinnamon

Supplies needed:

cookie cutters
drinking straw
colorful ribbon


  1. Preheat oven to 200°F.
  2. Mix applesauce and cinnamon with hands in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. 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. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap; cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Make a hole in top of ornament with drinking straw. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 2 1/2 hours. 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.)
  4. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. May be decorated with opaque paint markers found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.

Tip: If a different size bottle of cinnamon is used, measure 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cinnamon.