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.
Start by putting 2 cups of ground cinnamon in a large bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of ground cloves.
Mix in 1/2 cup of applesauce.
Mix the cinnamon, cloves, and applesauce together with a spoonula.
Stir in one cup of all-purpose white glue.
Mix together until the dough becomes thick and sticky.
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.
This is where you let your imagination run wild!
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.
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.
Tie with twine and enjoy the amazing smell on your tree.
I also like to use them on my Christmas packages.
I made some large gingerbread and candy canes to display around the house.
I used a glue gun to give some eyes out of raisins.
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.
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.