Spice up your holidays with kids in the kitchen and homemade cinnamon ornaments. Kids will love craft time, and the whole house will benefit from the spicy scents that deck your halls (and tree). Cinnamon ornaments are fun to make (and messy, depending on the age of your helpers!). The delightful smells soon to fill your house are well worth a messy kitchen.
Farmgirl’s Cinnamon Ornaments
You’ll also need a bowl, spatula, straw, cookie sheets and cookie cutters.
Dump one cup cinnamon into a mixing bowl. CAUTION: Cinnamon can be very irritating to your eyes, nose and throat. Be very cautious when pouring and stirring the cinnamon — large clouds of cinnamon dust can easily overwhelm you and your crew. It’s best if an adult works with the cinnamon in this recipe.
Carefully stir in 1/2 cup of applesauce until mixture resembles crumbly dough.
If you forgot to purchase glue for this recipe, scavenge the entire household for enough to fill a 1/2 cup.
Gently stir glue into the cinnamon-applesauce mixture.
Turn dough out onto a counter or cutting board. Gently knead with your hands to ensure moisture is evenly distributed throughout the dough.
Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. If it seems too dry to work with, spritz with a bit of water. If it’s too moist, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
Now is a really good time to enlist the help of your youngest assistants. Use cookie cutters to create a variety of shapes. We’re making all stars for the children’s Christmas program at church, but you could mix it up a bit for a fantastic addition to your tree or throughout the house.
After you’ve placed cut-outs on a baking sheet, use a straw to punch a hole for later hanging. Insert the straw into dough and give it a little twist to ensure you remove the core. Note: Don’t make your hole too close to the edge or it may pull out while hanging.
Bake in a 200-degree oven for two hours, turning ornaments halfway through cook time. When cookies are cooled, insert a ribbon, string or ornament hanger. Then get busy decorating and scenting your home. For added flair, use glittery puff paints to decorate the ornaments. We’re writing the word JOY on each with silver paint. You could also spread glue on the surface and then sprinkle with glitter.