How To: Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
Santa Claus is on his way and it’s time to bake some cinnamon applesauce ornaments! Yes! BAKE ornaments!
This has become a staple in my Christmas decorating season each year…yes, it can take me a whole season to put up four trees, ten wreaths, multiple sets of garland, wall decor, thousands of ornaments and small touches all over… I have a problem, I know.
WARNING: Your house is going to smell AMAZING!
What we’ll need
Applesauce (1 cup)
Ground Cinnamon (1 cup + extra)
Ground Nutmeg (a few shakes) – optional
Festive Cookie Cutters
String or ribbon
Head over to the spice aisle and grab the biggest container of ground cinnamon that you can find… I get mine at Sam’s Club. Grab a few snack tubs of applesauce or spring for the big tub!
Head home, throw on a family Christmas movie or two, and get to work!
Mix together 1 cup of applesauce and a heaping cup of ground cinnamon in a bowl. ( I like to throw in a bit of ground nutmeg for an even warmer and more delicious scent)
Once you get a good dough forming, throw down ground cinnamon and roll out your dough. If your dough is sticking to your pin, add more cinnamon. If your dough is crumbling, add more applesauce.
Your hands are going to be nasty! But worry not, mine have never been stained, they just require a good wash.
Roll out to about 1/8″ thick and go to town with your cookie cutters. Continue to roll out your scraps. I can usually make about 24-26 ornaments with one batch.
Lay on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Take a straw and form holes where you can hang your ornaments.
Throw in the oven on 200 degrees for an hour or until completely hardened. (This is when you’ll want to bathe in the warm smell of your home!)
They’ll be done when they’re completely dry. If they feel moist on the bottom, throw them back in. You don’t want mildew hanging on your tree!
Take out and let cool. After baking at 200, you can practically touch them right out of the oven.
(This is the point that you can decorate with icing if you’d like to and let it dry overnight.)
Loop String through the holes you created and hang on your tree or garland. I like to hang them higher up because we have a Bloodhound and a Bulldog that will eat them if given the opportunity.
These beauties will last the whole season and you’ll get endless compliments! Be sure to send friends our way for instructions!
Happy Baking and Happy Holidays!