Cinnamon Ornaments: scents for your home & fun for kids
By Farmgirl Follies on December 16, 2010
Let’s spice things up a bit! Cinnamon ornaments are fun to make (and messy, depending on the age of your helpers!). The delightful smells soon to fill your house are well worth a messy kitchen.
Farmgirl’s Cinnamon Ornaments
1 cup ground cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup white glue
You’ll also need a bowl, spatula, straw, cookie sheets and cookie cutters.
Dump one cup cinnamon into a mixing bowl. CAUTION: Cinnamon can be very irritating to your eyes, nose and throat. Be very cautious when pouring and stirring the cinnamon — large clouds of cinnamon dust can easily overwhelm you and your crew. It’s best if an adult works with the cinnamon in this recipe.
Carefully stir in 1/2 cup of applesauce until mixture resembles crumbly dough.
If you forgot to purchase glue for this recipe, scavenge the entire household for enough to fill a 1/2 cup.
Gently stir glue into the cinnamon-applesauce mixture.
Turn dough out onto a counter or cutting board and gently knead with your hands to ensure moisture is evenly distributed throughout the dough.
Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. If it seems too dry to work with, spritz with a bit of water. If it’s too moist, sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
Now is a really good time to enlist the help of your youngest helpers. Use cookie cutters to create a variety of shapes. We’re making all stars for the children’s Christmas program at church, but you could mix it up a bit for a fantastic addition to your tree or throughout the house.
After you’ve placed cut-outs on a baking sheet, use a straw to punch a hole for later hanging. Insert the straw into dough and give it a little twist to ensure you remove the core. Note: Don’t make your hole too close to the edge or it may pull out while hanging.
Bake in a 200-degree oven for two hours, turning ornaments halfway through cook time.
When cookies are dried and cooled, insert a ribbon, string or ornament hanger and get busy decorating and scenting your home.
For added flair, use glittery puff paints to decorate. We’re writing the word JOY with silver paint.