By Contributing writer Jessica.
These cinnamon and applesauce ornaments are my absolute favorite ornaments to make. When I was a teacher, we made these every year. The dough is foolproof and smells amazing! I have some that are almost 10 years old that still smell delicious. This recipe was given to me by a fellow teacher after I made a batch that completely crumbled. The secret to these is the glue – it makes them very durable. I enjoyed making these with my own children this year and I hope these may become one of your holiday traditions too.
Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
2 1/2 cups of cinnamon (dollar stores are a great place to find this)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup of white school glue
Mix all your ingredients together until they form a ball. I like to sprinkle in some glitter with the rest of the ingredients so that the finished ornaments have sparkle, but this is completely optional. The dough should not be sticky but not too dry either. Cover the dough with a damp cloth for an hour. Knead the dough for several minutes. Roll out the dough. You don’t want to roll it too thin because your ornaments will curl up a bit if they are too thin. Let air dry. The dough will take several days to completely dry. I flip the ornaments over once a day to help speed the drying process. Once they are dry you can decorate however you’d like or leave plain.
I made these into gift tags that double as an ornament. In the past, I’ve used puff paint to decorate them and this year I used a gold Sharpie to write on them. I think the dough would also work great to make a lasting gingerbread house. I plan to try that soon.