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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornament Tutorial & Fun Ways to Use Them

This was previously posted as a guest post for One Creative Mommy. 

Today I am sharing a fun cinnamon & applesauce recipe to make ornaments.  This is definitely not a new recipe, because I made some of these ornaments almost 20 years ago that I still use every year!  I have a few projects that I wanted to create using these ornaments.  This is a super easy and fun project to do with children, too!  The best part is they make your house smell divine.  There are so many recipes for these ornaments, but I followed the recipe from McCormick's.

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These are the miniature ornaments that I made many years ago!  I store them in the jar, and they still smell wonderful. 

You only need 2 ingredients:  3/4 cup applesauce and 1 (4.2 oz.) bottle of cinnamon.  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

To create the ornaments, you will need wax paper, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, straw or coffee stirrer, and cookie sheets.

Combine the applesauce and cinnamon in a bowl, and mix very well.

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Once you have thoroughly combined the ingredients, form into a ball.   Go ahead and dig right in!  The easiest way to mix it well is with your hands!

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Place on wax paper, and cover with wax paper.  Using the rolling pin, roll out to about 1/4 " thickness.  I like the look of the thicker ornaments best.

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Cut out the desired shapes you want to use, and start over forming another ball and rolling.  Continue these steps until you have used all the dough.  Lay the ornaments on a cookie sheet, and make a hole in the top of each piece.  I have found using a coffee stirrer is the perfect size.  Poke the stirrer in the ornament, and give it several twists.  The stirrer picks up the dough, and leaves a perfect hole.   Bake at 200 degrees for 2 -21/2 hours.

You can also let them air dry for 2 days.  I did have a few ornaments that wouldn't fit in the oven, and I didn't have time to bake another batch.  I will say that the cooked ornaments have a richer color than the ones left to dry naturally. 

I  made a double batch, because I wanted to make a lot of the larger ornaments this time.

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These ornaments can be used in so many way!

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The reason I made the larger ornaments this year was because I wanted to use them on a small Christmas tree in my kitchen.  I plan on adding the ornaments, the cookie cutters, and colorful ribbon.  

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The ornaments make adorable gift tags.  I used scrapbooking appliques to add initials, but you could can also use paint pens or puffy fabric paint.  

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They make cute decorations in cloches or mini cupcake holders, or just tie them to the lid with pretty ribbon for a little extra Christmas cheer.  

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I used white pens and puffy fabric paint on the ornaments above.  
                                           Other fun ways to use the ornaments:

                                              *Make a wreath using the ornaments and cookie cutters

                                              *Put in a drawer or car 

                                              *Glue on card for a name card on the table

                                              *Use in a centerpiece

                                              *Attach to a napkin ring 

This is such a fun and easy project to do with your children and make special Christmas memories that will last for many years to come.   Thank you so much for visiting!  



Dianie said...

Kathy, I love these ornaments, and love the way they smell is divine.

I made some about 13 years ago with my SIL and daughters. I still have mine too and love them.

This would be the perfect craft to do with my grandkids.
Thanks for sharing the recipe and your lovely pics :)

Have a wonderful day.


Winnie said...

These are AWESOME
The recipe might not be new, but it's definitely new to me as we don't celebrate Christmas.
I like what I see and I'm going to use it to decorate our holidays.
Applesauce and cinnamon together - sounds wonderful to me

Jenny Lynn said...

These are so fun to make with my children. This is the first year I won't be making them to give away as gift tags. They smell so wonderful when you unpack the Holiday decor each year. Love it!!

Ladies Holiday said...

I can only imagine how terrific these smell!

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architectureofamom said...

So fun...my only fear would be that my twin toddlers would think they are cookies! Merry christmas, blogger style!

Julie M. said...

I love these! They smell so wonderful! Thank you for sharing them to my Christmas link-up on Fibro, Fit and Fab! :)

I hope you have a Merry Christmas, Blogger-Style! :)

Ana Love Craft said...

So lovely Kathy! Thanks for sharing!
I wish you a Merry Christmas!!!
Hugs from Portugal,

Ana Love Craft

SewSweetVIntage said...

Love to try these! Pinned:)

Rose @ Walnut Acre said...

I love the ways you used these cute ornaments!

Unknown said...

Thank you!! It's amazing how they still smell so yummy years later. They would be so fun to make with your grandkids. Thank you so much for visiting, and have a Merry Christmas!!


Unknown said...

Thank you, Winnie! They are so fun to make. You could use them just to make your house smell wonderful. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Happy Friday!

Unknown said...

They are so fun to make! I've been wanting to make more for several years now, and so glad that I did. Thanks so much for visiting. Have a Merry Christmas!!


Unknown said...

They do smell so wonderful! I would love to join the blog hop. Thanks so much for the invite!!


Unknown said...

They do smell so yummy! Thank you so much for hosting! So happy to be following your wonderful blog, too! :


Unknown said...

Thank you so much, Ana! Wishing you and your family a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!!

Hugs sweet friend!!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for pinning! They are so fun to make and the wonderful scent is worth it. :)

Merry Christmas!!

Unknown said...

Thank you! Thanks for visiting, too! Happy Friday!!


Ginny Marie said...

Very pretty! I would love to use them as gift tags!

Merry Christmas, Blogger Style! :) (Visiting from Julie's)

Unknown said...

So cute, I bet they smell unbelievable! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

OneMommy said...

My MIL made these one year, and my FIL tried to eat them! (The best part is he tried one, said it was awful, and then tried 2 more before she caught him and told him they weren't cookies...

Stopping in to say Merry Christmas-Blogger Style!

Unknown said...

That is too funny!! I love it. Thank you so much for stopping by! I just joined your awesome blog! I love it. Merry Christmas to you!!

Unknown said...

They do smell so wonderful! Thank you for the party! Have a very Merry Christmas!


Unknown said...

Thank you, and thanks so much for stopping by! Headed to your blog right now! Have a very Merry Christmas!


Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

We made some of these this year .... My kids had so much fun with them :) I love that they smell so good! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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"Crafting these delightful cinnamon applesauce ornaments was like sprinkling a bit of magic into my holiday season! The heavenly scent filled my home with warmth and festive cheer. Not only are they a joy to make, but they also add a touch of rustic charm to my Christmas tree. These DIY ornaments are a perfect blend of creativity, tradition, and the sweet essence of the holidays – a true festive masterpiece that brings smiles and memories for years to come!"

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