How to Make Cinnamon Ornaments
Making cinnamon ornaments was a favorite growing up, they’d start at Christmas time but I remember the cinnamon-deliciousness far outlasting the holiday season. In fact, I remember towards the end of the spring semester in high school friends asking about the weird cinnamon dog biscuits I had in my car! While these are edible, I can’t say they are too tasty (even for dogs). With Cole’s recent love of cookie cutting play dough, I thought he would enjoy making some cinnamon ornaments to decorate our tree. It is a cheap, easy activity for kids of all different ages! Here’s how…
What you need
You need equal parts cinnamon and apple sauce – to make about 15 ornaments, I used 2 bottles of cinnamon and 1.5 cups of apple sauce. But depending on how many you want to make (or how much ingredients you have) you simply need equal parts. I recommend measuring out your cinnamon first, then the apple sauce. To be safe, put in just a little less apple sauce to start and add as needed after you mix. I find you always have more apple sauce you can add, but you’re probably all out of cinnamon!
Mix it Up
Mix equal parts apple sauce and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. The consistency will end up like cool whip.
Roll them Out
Dump out the mixture on a piece of parchment paper. Place a second piece on top and roll dough to be about 1/4″ thick. This is when you can tell if you have the right mixture – if it is sticking a lot to the parchment paper, then add some cinnamon. If it is dry and clumpy, add some apple sauce. Cut shapes with cookie cutters.
Prep to Bake
Put a piece of parchment paper on the baking sheet. Use a spatula to move shapes to the baking sheet. Consolidate left over dough and roll back out to make more shapes until it is all gone. Poke holes with a straw wherever you want to string up the cinnamon ornament.
Bake and Hang
Bake the cinnamon ornaments for 2 hours at 250F, let the ornaments cool. They won’t be completely hard until 24 hours after baking, but they can be handled gently. We put ribbons in ours and hung them on the tree right after they were cool to the touch and had no issues.