Make Ornaments from Cinnamon and Applesauce

Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Lynn, Robbi, Eng and 1 other

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Introduction

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Its winter time! Fascinating ornaments and special decorations abound during this season.

Why not try making cinnamon applesauce ornaments to make this Christmas or winter holiday extra special? These simple, scented ornaments are very easy to make and their aroma can last long after the season is over.

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You can use these decorations for wreaths, as gifts for your friends, as tags for gifts, and even give them to relatives for ornaments for their Christmas trees.

Materials

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    2 cups applesauce (cheap unsweetened generic or no brand applesauce is best)
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    2 cups cinnamon
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    1 tablespoon of glue (optional)
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    Cookie cutters
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    Rolling pin
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Simple Instructions

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    Blend the applesauce together with the cinnamon and glue (if you are using glue) and mix it until it forms a thick dough-like mixture that will hold a constant form when you cut it into cookie cutter shapes
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    Next-- flatten the dough mixture onto your counter or the table or any other flat clean surface that you like and cut it out using various cookie cutters to get unique shapes.
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    Place the cookie shapes on a cookie sheet and dry it for about three to four days, depending how thick and how large your ornaments will be
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    If your are using it for a hanging decorations, simply make holes with toothpicks before drying the cookies.
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Detailed Instructions

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    Mix applesauce and cinnamon, and glue if you like
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    You will notice that the dough is fairly stiff, or too sticky to roll out. If your mixture seems wet, put more cinnamon in the mix; if its too dry, adding applesauce will balance it out.
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    Sprinkle a little cinnamon onto the counter and on the cinnamon, take the dough out and roll it like you would roll the dough if you were going to make actual sugar cookies.
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    Now using your favorite cookie cutter--pick something that is holiday oriented and get crazy
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    Cut out several different shapes from the roll. Do not use anything too large, as larger ornaments will have a tendency to break more than smaller ones.
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    Carefully lift your ornaments onto your cookie sheet, and re-roll the scraps so you can make even more ornaments.
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    Use a toothpick and poke a hole at the top of the ornaments if you will be using it as a hanging display\
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    Try to make a bigger hole since the ornaments will shrink a little as they dry. Wiggle the toothpick around until the hole is big enough.
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    If you're using an oven to bake these ornaments, set it at 200 degrees F for about 2.5 hours, remove and then let cool
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    You can use it instantly after that.
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Tips, Tricks, and Warning

  • If the aroma starts to fade, simply put a few drops of cinnamon oil on the ornament.
  • Don't waste your precious homemade applesauce on inedible ornaments, instead buy a cheap unsweetened commercial one.
  • Be careful not to snitch even small bits of this cookie dough, as it's not edible!
  • If the edges of your ornaments are ragged, you can just use a small piece of sandpaper to smooth them out, Be careful not to apply too much force as you do so.
  • You can use many different things to make hangers for these ornaments. Try ribbons, yarn, thread, etc.
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Categories : Holidays & Traditions

Recent edits by: Eng, Robbi, Lynn

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