Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Recipe: Cinnamon Apple Sauce Christmas Ornaments

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A fun Christmas Traditions is to make Apple Sauce & Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments.  They smell so good and are a great activity to do with the kids.  Add them to your own Christmas tree, give them away, or add one with gift wrapping.

There are several different recipes available on the internet.  Below, I have shared my recipe.  While is smells yummy and contains applesauce, remind your kiddos that this is not a "dough" to eat!

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Apple Sauce & Cinnamon Ornaments

1 tablespoon ground cloves
3 tablespoons white glue
2/3 cup applesauce (cinnamon applesauce works too)
1 cup of cinnamon

Combine ingredients in a bowl.

Stir ingredients until they form a soft ball.  If the dough is too dry, add more applesauce.  If the dough is too wet, add more cinnamon.

Dust a flat surface with cinnamon.  Roll out the dough with a rolling pin or press with your fingers to approximately 1/4" thick.  Rolling the dough too thin makes the ornaments brittle.  Thick ornaments take longer to dry.

Use a cookie cutter to create your shapes.  To make the letter shapes or imprints (as pictured above), push a straw or cookie cutter approximately half way into the dough. 

Poke a straw through the dough to create a hole for a string.  Let the ornaments dry on a baking rack.  Depending on thickness, this will take at least 24 hours.  For quicker results, place the ornaments in a dehydrator or a 150 degree oven (gently flipping every hour) until done. 

When dry, string a ribbon through the hole for hanging.  You can add other decorations with glitter glue, sequins, buttons, etc.

1/3 of the recipe made the three ornaments pictures above (one 4", two 2") .

Do you hold a craft tradition with your family at Christmas time?  We would love to hear about it.


  1. Mmmmmm! They smell so good! (I'm using a little imagination here.)

  2. we made these a long time ago, I think maybe we should make them again. I was thinking it'd be fun to do "kiddy crafts" with my 'teenage' boys this year....

  3. I find that if you use a food deyhdrator the drying time is cut in half and the drying is more even. Works great!


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