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Cinnamon Ornaments Recipe
When I was in college a classmate of mine gave me this cinnamon gingerbread man ornament that smelled amazing! I love placing it on my Christmas tree each year. Even though I’ve had this ornament for many years…(we won’t talk about how long ago I was in college), it still smells wonderful when I unwrap it hang it on my tree.
For years I looked for a recipe to make these myself and finally found this McCormick recipe which I have used several times to make new ornaments for my Christmas tree and to give as gifts.
These ornaments are great if you are looking for a holiday craft for your children or if you are looking for an inexpensive gift idea for all those people on your Christmas shopping list, like your child’s teacher. I love the smell of cinnamon in my house around Christmas and every time I pull out these ornaments and hang them on my tree, my house smells divine!
*If using a different size bottle of cinnamon, use 1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons.
1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters.
Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on a wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.
3. Insert ribbon or twine (I used simple bakers twine that I had on hand.) through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.