I know, it sounds weird, but it works!
You do need lots of cinnamon.
LOTS of cinnamon.
The recipe is simple. Just mix together in a large bowl:
1 portion Cinnamon
1 portion Applesauce
In other words, use a 1:1 ratio of cinnamon and applesauce. Believe it or not, this combination of applesauce and cinnamon turns into a dough that can be rolled out and cut like sugar cookies! Use cinnamon as flour on the table surface to keep the dough from sticking.
At the Moms of Hot Springs gathering, there were 6-8 ladies who made ornaments. Between all of us, we used 2 large jars of applesauce and about 2 1/2 large Tones Cinnamon containers. There was plenty of dough for everyone to make at least a baking-sheet worth of ornaments.
If you’re wanting to make a small batch for just your family, you might want to start with only one or two cups each of applesauce and cinnamon.
Once the dough is rolled out to the desired thickness, use cookie cutters or get creative and make your own shapes to personalize them. Since it was Talitha’s first Christmas when I made these, I made a couple simple circles with her handprint and the year on them. They turned out super cute–I just love how tiny her hand looks!
After cutting the shapes, make a hole for the ribbon. The easiest way to do this is with a straw—just poke it into the dough, and ta-DAH! You’ve got a perfect hole, waiting for a ribbon!
Place the ornaments on an ungreased cookie sheet.
To dry the ornaments, you have two options:
1. You can let these simply air-dry for several days, turning them over every day to help with the drying process.
2. You can bake them at 200 degrees for 2 hours.
I air-dried mine, but I hear that baking these ornaments will make the house smell quite yummy!
And yes, these fun ornaments are quite durable and hardy! One of the ladies at our moms’ get-together said she and her husband made these ornaments the first year they were married–and they still hang them on their Christmas tree, six years later!
I hope you have as much fun with these as I did!