I think this is the first time I’ve posted a non-edible recipe on my blog. Yep, these cinnamon ornaments are not for eating. But I have been waiting for months to bake these ever since I found the inspiration on Pinterest. And now that we have stuffed ourselves with turkey and pie and Thanksgiving is behind us, we can move on to Christmas (yay!).
Some years we’ve gone in to the mountains and chopped a Christmas tree down, and other years we’ve just purchased one from a lot down the street. Either way, we’re real tree people. And we trim the tree while sipping spiked egg nog, with “Love Actually” playing in the background. It’s tradition.
And I think we have a new tradition with these homemade ornaments. They are super easy and require only two ingredients, applesauce and cinnamon. Plus, they smell incredible. Combined with a fresh pine tree, it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas in my house.
Even though they are made with edible ingredients, these ornaments are definitely not for eating. Do not mistake them for cookies. I had to keep reminding myself of this fact while rolling and cutting them out, as I am an avid dough snitcher.
All of the ornaments are now hung on my tree and they look great. I’m ready for the holidays!
Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1-1 1/4 cup (130 grams) ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground cloves (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the applesauce, cinnamon, and cloves (if using). It may take a few minutes for the mixture to come together. You want the dough to be able to form a ball without being too sticky. Add additional applesauce or cinnamon if needed. You can mix the dough by hand, it may just take longer.
- Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon (like you would with flour while rolling out pie dough). Place the dough on the surface and sprinkle with more cinnamon. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick, sprinkling with more cinnamon to keep from sticking.
- Cut out into desired shapes and place on the prepared sheet pan so that they aren't touching. Use a skewer to poke a hole into each ornament (to attach string). Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or until rock hard.
- Loop a decorative string through the ornament and hang on your tree.
- These ornaments can also be dried at room temperature over several days.
- Though not extremely fragile, they can bread.
- These ornaments can last for many years, though they will lose their potency over time.
- DO NOT EAT. These ornaments are not intended for human consumption.
Have you tried this recipe?