As I mentioned in my post for the Buffalo Plaid Printables, I’m keeping my decorations super simple this year. My one-year-olds are so sweet and fun, and innocent, and destroyers to the 9th degree! Nothing is safe when they’re around. At first, I wasn’t even going to bother decorating a tree at all because of my nightmares of what they could possibly do to all the ornaments. But then I came up with an idea.
Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments!
They fit the bill exactly. These ornaments are such a simple decoration, they match with my country-esque theme this year, but could fit in with all sorts of different decorations and colors. They were incredibly easy and fun to make. 2 ingredients, a little rolling out, and bam, they’re ready to go in the oven! AND if my babies happen to get a hold of them, it’s not the end of the world. These cinnamon applesauce ornaments aren’t toxic in any way (not delicious by any means, but technically edible), and they are easily replaceable should the little ones happen to break (or eat) any!
I was so excited to try out this recipe because it seemed fool-proof. Once I got started I realized how quick and fun this was going to be. My kids loved helping and it really got us all in the Christmas spirit. A huge bonus is that the cinnamon made my house smell absolutely amazing! The scent IS Christmas.
What more can I say? You are going to love how quickly these Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments can be whipped up. They are fun and child-friendly. And you can tailor them to your own preferences so easily. I’m so excited to share them with you, so let’s get going!
Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
First, put 1 1/4 cups of cinnamon into a bowl. Yes, that is a lot of cinnamon, but trust me this is going to be great.
Second, add in a cup of applesauce.
Third, mix both ingredients together until well incorporated, making a dough that’s not dry but also not sticky.
Fourth, sprinkle cinnamon onto a flat surface (I also used parchment paper) and remove dough from the bowl onto the cinnamon. Knead a few times to ensure the dough is mixed thoroughly.
Next, roll out the dough. There will be small cracks. If the cracks are too large you may need to add more applesauce to your mixture. Begin using cookie cutters to make your shapes. We used gingerbread men and bells but you can do whatever you desire.
Put cutouts on parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet.
Use a straw to make a small hole in the tops of the cinnamon applesauce ornaments, where you will later insert string to hang them.
Put the cookie sheet in an oven preheated to 200 degrees. Set the timer for 2 hours. Yes, 2 hours! They need to bake very slowly to harden enough to hang. The good news is your house is going to smell incredible while you wait for the cinnamon applesauce ornaments to bake!
When the time is up, remove from the oven and let cool completely.
When the ornaments have cooled you add the hangers to your ornaments. I used colored twine. You could also try jute, ribbon, or even metal wire.
Making the ornament hang
While you can just string it through the hole and tie it, I have a way that I think helps the cinnamon applesauce ornaments hang a bit better on the tree.
First, tie your string.
Second, run the non-tied end through the hole.
Third, push the tied end through the looped end and pull (gently!).
Repeat for all the rest of the ornaments.
Finally, place on your tree and enjoy the looks and smells of Christmas!
I hope you love your Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments! Let me know in the comments below what shapes you decided to make yours into!