Cinnamon Apple Sauce Dough

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

As I get older, I find myself re-creating Christmas traditions I remember as a child. A favorite Christmas memory I have growing up is making Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments with my grandmother. I remember it like it was yesterday; My brother and I sat at my grandmother’s kitchen counter and let our imaginations run wild, making ornaments for the tree and sculpting fun things like candy canes and stick figure animals. It’s such a fun memory that I will always treasure.

I’ve wanted to make cinnamon ornaments for several years and there just never seemed to be a good time to spend the day making them. This year, I decided it was time to pull out my grandmother recipe and let my imagination run wild, just like I did growing up.

Cinnamon Appleauce Dough

Start by putting 2 cups of ground cinnamon in a large bowl.

Add 1/4 cup of ground cloves.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Mix in 1/2 cup of applesauce.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Mix the cinnamon, cloves, and applesauce together with a spoonula.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Stir in one cup of all-purpose white glue. 

Mix together until the dough becomes thick and sticky.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

 Press the dough into a ball and let it rest on a piece of parchment paper for an hour.  I like to place mine in the refrigerator to rest. I found it helps the dough not seem so sticky when you are trying to roll it with the rolling pin.  

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Once the dough is done resting, you are ready to roll it out.

I use a stainless steel non-stick rolling pin and a Roul’Pat silicone pastry mat when rolling anything out. 

Sprinkle your work surface with cinnamon and roll your dough out to about 1/4″ thickness. 

This is where you let your imagination run wild! 

You can sculpt shapes with your hands, use a knife to design different shapes, or use cookie cutters. I like to use a mixture of small cookie cutters, and large cookie cutters .

I decided to do mostly gingerbread and stars this year.🌟

Using a straw, or any other small sharp object, poke a hole in the top of the designs that are going to be ornaments. On the small, ornaments I actually used a tool that came in a pumpkin carving kit I bought last year.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Once you have used up all the dough, place in the oven on a cookie sheet, or drying rack and cook at 200 degrees for 2 hours.

Tip: If you are cooking on a cookie sheet flip them a few times while they are in the oven so both sides are exposed. 

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

Tie with twine and enjoy the amazing smell on your tree. 

I also like to use them on my Christmas packages. 

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

I made some large gingerbread and candy canes to display around the house.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough

I used a glue gun to give some eyes out of raisins.

Cinnamon Apple Sauce Dough
Cinnamon Apple Sauce Dough

If you want to get really creative, you can make a garland like the one I made using orange slices, cranberries, bay leaves, and the small cinnamon ornaments.

Cinnamon Applesauce Dough
Cinnamon Applesauce Dough Garland

This is such a fun project to do with family and friend. I’m so glad that I took the time this year to make these. They smell amazing, and who doesn’t love the sentiment of putting homemade ornaments on the tree. These last several years, but making these every year will be a new tradition at my house.

  

Happy Holidays,

Jamie
Holly

Comments (26)

  • Omg how cute are these ornaments?!? My daughter would have a blast making these!!!

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  • Wow! Those are so adorable! It’s nice to pass on traditions to the younger generation and that’s exactly what your grandma did! These are pretty amazing! I’d love to keep the recipe!

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  • Ooh yum and adorable! This applesauce and cinnamon dough looks so good, perfect for the festive season!

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  • It’s nice to keep the traditions that you have in the family. These ornaments are so adorable and I love that they’re not too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing such a lovely family tradition.

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  • This sounds like a great recipe. I love making these kind of ornaments. They’re the best!

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  • This is awesome! I need to make these with my daughter. She’d love it.

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  • I love the combination of apple and cinnamon. Smells so good. I will add this on my list.

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  • I remember making these when I was a kid! Thank you so much for sharing, I will have to try these with the kids! They smell so good too!

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  • What a great idea for ornaments made at home! I love how they turned out, very pretty and great decorations

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  • These are so pretty! I bet the house smells amazing too. I have to try this with my nieces.

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    • Thank you, Christina! I’m sure your nieces will enjoy making these with you. Happy Holidays!!🎄

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  • Me and the kids love making these! So simple to make and also so fun to! And the smell is just an added bonus! 🙂

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  • Oh this is the best! It would be so fun to make some cute shapes with this dough. I love the gingerbread men and candy canes you made!

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    • Thank you Liz! 🎄

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  • We have a lot of Christmas traditions, and now that we have a little one, we are creating some new ones. Great that you had this as a tradition and using it till today.

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  • This is so awesome! I’ve seen these types of ornaments over the years and never knew how to make them. Pinning for future reference and thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  • These sound so great! I’ll keep this recipe around so I can make it when I have time

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  • Apple and Cinnamon are always a perfect match and it’s smell lingers on my mind. And I cannot believe that we can make an ornament out of this two. It was amazing.

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  • I’ve actually just started baking with my daughter. I love cinnamon so these would be so much fun to make!

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    • She would love it. Who knows it may be a tradition she continues when she is older. I’m so happy my grandmother took the time to make these with me. Happy Holidays!!🎄🌟

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  • I can smell the cinnamon right now. These are the perfect craft for my boys and I

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    • I hope you will make them with your boys. Happy Holidays!! 🎄

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  • We love to make these each year. They smell great and look awesome. The only struggle we have is that they smell so great the dog loves to eat them!

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    • Too funny! My husband asked if he could have one when they were cooking in the oven. Guess I will have to make real gingerbread boys next. 🙂

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  • What cute ideas! I have never thought of using them like you did.

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    • Thank you Kimberly!⛄️

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