I'm a huge fan of handmade ornaments. I remember the ones I made in school that my mom would take out every year to hang on our tree when I was a child, and I love all the ornaments my daughter Lucy has made in school that now hang on our tree every year. I also like to make ornaments with her. Last year we made salt dough ornaments for the first time.
They were fun to make, but I wanted to try something new this year. So today we made cinnamon dough ornaments. I came across a very simple recipe, perfect for busy moms during the holidays! All you need is...love! Well, that and applesauce and more cinnamon than you've probably ever used at one time. Oh, and some glitter, if you like that sort of thing, which we do!
Lucy loves to bake. She's been helping out in the kitchen since she was 3 years old, so she's pretty good at it now. First we combined 1/2 cup of applesauce and 3/4 cups of cinnamon. (Is it just me or does that amount of cinnamon seem CRAZY? I mean, I'm used to sprinkling cinnamon, or using teaspoons at the most! But, I digress...) At first it seemed like there was way too much cinnamon (I mean, really) and the dough will be too dry (even Lucy was worried), but we kept mixing (I stepped in to help), and it was fine!
You can either leave the dough as is and it will be beautiful! But we decided to add some sparkle in the way of glitter. Either way- you can't go wrong! (Especially with glitter!)
Once the dough was well combined (and sparkly), we rolled it out as we would when making cut out cookies, such as sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies. We placed the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap, and then rolled the dough until it was about 1/4 inch thick.
Next, we cut out the shapes. We decided to make our ornaments in the shapes of hearts, stars, and Christmas trees. Then we used the pointier end of a chopstick to make holes toward the top of each one.
Once all the shapes were cut out, we placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and baked them in the oven at 200 degrees for two hours. Which seemed like a long time, however, our house smelled divine as we waited, so I didn't mind so much. :)
After two hours, the shapes were dry, and hardened, and perfectly in tact. Once they cooled, I added some baker's twine and got them ready to hang on the tree.
I love the way they turned out, and I especially love how they look hanging among the rest of the special ornaments on our tree.
If you're looking for something fun to do over with the kids after school or over Winter Break, give these a try. It's so easy- barely any prep time, and kids will love helping cut out the shapes. They do need a couple hours in the oven, so keep that in mind, but you can have them in there while you do other things. And your house will smell like cinnamon- bonus!
Written by Guest Mom Blogger Shannon Casper.