I made these cinnamon ornaments for our first Christmas tree when we were first married, and I have absolutely loved them ever since. There is something just so cozy about making handmade ornaments, in all their rustic and lovely imperfection. Perhaps it's the old-fashioned girl in me that wishes I could sit in a log cabin, string popcorn garland, and hang these cinnamon ornaments on the tree I cut down in the woods. This is my way of capturing a piece of that, and I love it!
It was the perfect activity to do with my kids. They helped with the measuring, stirring, rolling and cutting, and made sure the oven light was on so they could monitor their progress while they were baking. Once they were cool, they helped string the twine, and brush off remaining crumbs. We had to repeat over and over again that these were NOT to eat, and I think they've finally got it. :) I have a lot of stars on my tree, so that's what we decided to do, but the beauty is, you can do whatever you like! You'll see that our stars are not perfect, but in this case, their charm comes from their imperfection!
One of the most wonderful things about making these ornaments is that they fill your home with the pungent and delightful aroma of cinnamon, and that will continue once they're hung on your tree.
I've always used the recipe from McCormick, but I'll give you a printable version here as well. It's super easy to do, and if you're looking for an inexpensive way to trim your tree, this is a great option. The only two ingredients are applesauce and cinnamon, and for less than $5, you should be able to get at least 14 ornaments out of one batch. (That's how many we were able to make--small/medium stars.) I tied my favorite red bakers twine on once mine were dry..and I'm in love. ♥
- ¾ cup applesauce
- 1 c. + 2 T. cinnamon (1 bottle-4.12 ounces) McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground)
- Supplies needed:
- Cookie cutters
- Drinking straw
- Ribbon or Twine
- Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) *I ended up adding a little more applesauce--mine was still a little crumbly. Using about ¼ of the dough at a time, roll dough to ¼-inch to ⅓-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw. Place ornaments on baking sheet. *I covered my sheet with parchment first.
- Bake 2½ 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.)
- Insert ribbon (I used bakers twine!) through holes and tie to hang on your tree!