Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments {Crafty Kitchen}

It has been quite some time since we did a Crafty Kitchen post here at Mommy's Kitchen. About 4 years ago I made some Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments.

 Last week when we were putting up our Christmas decorations and adding all the ornaments to our tree I noticed that we only had two of the cinnamon ornaments left.

Mackenzie asked me what they were made of and I told her cinnamon and applesauce, she couldn't believe it. I told the kids since we were down to two why don't we make a new batch together.

So last night the kids and I sat down and mixed up a batch of Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments. They had so much fun rolling and cutting out all the different shapes.

The dough smelled so good almost like you could eat it. I had to make sure to explain to them that these were not edible ornaments. I didn't want them sneaking a piece of dough and eating it.

 I know it smells almost too good to be true, but make sure to tell your kids not to eat any of the dough. When the ornaments are dry be creative and decorate them. Glitter works great.
  
You can also use puffy fabric paints to decorate your ornaments when cooled. Use white for realistic gingerbread men. Now don't limit yourself to just using these as ornaments.
 
 Here are a few other suggestions. If using a gingerbread man, poke holes in each hand and tie several in a row to make a festive garland.

You can also place several different shapes in a basket and use as room fresheners. My favorite is to run raffia through one of the ornaments and tie it on a Christmas gift for a nice homemade touch.
 
 It's really all about using your imagination. These would make beautiful teacher gifts; just place a variety of ornament shapes in a pretty box for a nice homemade gift. I don't know about you but homemade presents are my favorite gifts to receive.

Lets get started and I will show you how easy these ornaments are to make. Start by adding all of the ingredients to a large bowl.

Thoroughly mix everything together. If the dough is to "sticky" add more cinnamon, If the dough is to "dry" add more applesauce. Good job Mackenzie. Lay a piece of waxed paper or foil on the counter and sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Roll the cinnamon “dough out to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out different shapes by using cookie cutters.

Mr. handsome giving me a pose.

Don't forget to add the holes while the dough is still wet.
A straw works great for this. Lay ornaments on foil-covered pan and place in the oven on 170 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let dry for 24-48 hours.

Add some holiday ribbon to hang your cinnamon ornaments on the Christmas tree.


Pretty, I think we did a great job. My house smelled so good while we were making and baking these fun ornaments






Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Ingredients:
1 1/2 - cups store bought applesauce
1 1/2 - cups cinnamon + more for dusting
1/8 - cup tacky glue (I used Elmer's)
ribbon, glitter, jewels or puffy fabric paint for decorating

Directions:
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. If the “dough” is too dry, add more applesauce; if it is too wet, add more cinnamon.

Lay a piece of waxed paper or foil on the counter. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick (cut them more on the thicker side, so they will last for years). Cut out different shapes by using cookie cutters.


Don't forget to add the holes (use a straw) while the dough is wet. Lay ornaments on foil-covered pan and place in the oven on 170 degrees for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and let dry for 24-48 hours. Use some holiday ribbon to hang your cinnamon ornaments on the Christmas tree.

Decorating: Once the ornaments are completely dry you can pull out a few craft supplies to decorate with. Choose glitter, jewels, acrylic paint, white puffy fabric paint and clear Elmer’s Glue to help things stick.


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19 comments:

Christina said... #

My mom made these with us when I was a kid but I had completely forgotten about them! I love the way they smell!

Anonymous said... #

I can't wait to make these with my kids. Thank you for sharing with us.
amber whitehead

Mindie Hilton said... #

I am going to make these with my son. We did an all edible tree this year. I know not to eat these. I love this craft, great work, I can just imagine how good they smell.

SnoWhite said... #

We used to make these when I was a kid -- nearly 30 years later, we still have ornaments in our Christmas boxes that have a faint smell to them! Love these. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Ambrosia said... #

We do these every few years with my little ones. I love the way they smell good for years to come!

Patty Sumner said... #

I was searching for this recipe...Going to do this with my Grandkids this weekend...Thanks...Blessings!

Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie said... #

The weekend of Thanksgiving I made Gingerbread cookies with my grandkids. Not for eating. I made 'em a little thicker than usual and decorated them so they'd make sturdy Christmas tree ornaments. On the back hot glue an ornament hook and tie a red satin bow to the top.

I think I made a memory with my grandkids. *smile*

Jane said... #

Hi Tina!
I made these with my kids when they were young. They smell SO GOOD! It's such a fun project to do with the kids.

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Hi Jane!!! it's the simple things that kids love most. I know one day I will miss all these fun times.

nfaband said... #

Thank you so much for posting your recipe for those adorable ornaments. My daughter made them years ago when she was in preschool (she's getting ready to graduate from college) and all of the ornaments she made are now gone. How fun would it be to relive those memories and make some new ornaments to add to our tree this year. I know she's all grown up now ... but it never hurts to travel back in time, if only for a bit.

Lauren Merrill said... #

I tried to make these.. twice this year and each time they curl when they dry.. any ideas why? it is driving me crazy!!

PaddyCake Party said... #

Thank you so much for posting these. I can't wait to make these with my son!

Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs said... #

I just found your blog from a search for these applesauce and cinnamon ornaments. I made these quite a few years ago and wanted to try it again this year with a twist. I am going to attempt to do a faux "gingerbread" house. I remember when I made this recipe it smelled so good. My husband came home, grabbed a "gingerbread" man and took a bit before I could say anything! Boy did he get a surprise. I subscribed to your blog. The red and white polka dots grabbed me right away. I am nuts about them and have them all over my kitchen! Although I am very busy I am trying to cook more and have been searching f or new recipes to try. I will feel right at home here. :)

Kelli S said... #

I have never made these, but I definitely want to! I shared them on my Some Kind of Wonderful party! Happy holidays!

Anonymous said... #

This will be part of the gift my students make for their parents this year! Thanks for the recipe.

Valeria said... #

Dear 'Mommy', I am Valeria from Hungary. I found this recepie somewhere else without glue, yours recommends it. Can you give me advice? Thank you in advance, V.

Jamie V said... #

Made these years ago, Tied them to gifts, made a set for each of the family, when they opened the box they smelled amazing. Everyone still has at least one. Time to make more! I lost my recipe. Thank you !!

Anonymous said... #

Could I use modgepodge in place of elmers? Its all I have

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said... #

How fun!! Thanks so much for sharing! Pinned ;) Merry Christmas!!